Michael M. Crow is an academic leader and educator, designer of
knowledge enterprises, and science and technology policy scholar.
Crow has been the 16th president of Arizona State University since July
2002. He is guiding the transformation of ASU into one of the nation’s leading
public metropolitan research universities, an institution that combines the
highest levels of academic excellence, inclusiveness to a broad demographic and
maximum societal impact — a model he terms the “New American University.”
Under his direction the university pursues teaching, research and
creative excellence focused on the major challenges of our time, as well as
those central to the quality of life, sustainable development and economic
competitiveness of Arizona and the nation. He has committed the university to
sustainability, social embeddedness and global engagement, and championed
initiatives leading to record levels of diversity in the student body.
Under his leadership, ASU has established more than a dozen new
transdisciplinary schools and large-scale research initiatives such as the
Biodesign Institute; Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) incorporating
the School of Sustainability (SOS); Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College; and
important initiatives in the humanities and social sciences. During his tenure,
the university has quadrupled research expenditures and completed an
unprecedented infrastructure expansion.
Crow was previously executive vice provost of Columbia University, where
he also was professor of science and technology policy in the School of
International and Public Affairs. As chief strategist of Columbia’s research
enterprise, he led technology and innovation transfer operations, establishing
Columbia Innovation Enterprises (renamed Science and Technology Ventures),
as well as advancing interdisciplinary program development. He played
the lead role in the creation of and served as the founding director for the
Earth Institute at Columbia University. In 1998, Crow founded the Center
for Science, Policy, and Outcomes (CSPO), dedicated to linking science and
technology to optimal social, economic and environmental outcomes. In 2003,
CSPO was re-established at ASU and is now based in both Phoenix and
Crow is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement
of Science (AAAS) and National Academy of Public Administration, as well
as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and U.S. Department of
Commerce National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
He is the co-author of “Designing the New American University,” published
in February 2015 by Johns Hopkins University Press. He has authored and
co-authored books and articles analyzing knowledge enterprises, science and
technology policy, and the design of higher education institutions and systems.
Crow received his PhD in public administration (science and technology
policy) from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse
University. Born in 1955 in San Diego, Crow is the son of a U.S. Navy sailor.
He is married to Dr. Sybil Francis and is the father of three children.
Michael M. Crow
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