Michael Crow 2012
BA '77, Political Science
Doctor of Humane Letters '08
Paradise Valley, Ariz.
As the 16th president of Arizona State University, Michael Crow 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. It is a model he terms the “New American University.”
Under his direction, ASU 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. Crow has committed the university to sustainability, social embeddedness, and global engagement, and championed initiatives leading to record levels of diversity in the student body.
Since Crow became ASU’s president in 2002, the institution has established more than a dozen new transdisciplinary schools and large-scale research initiatives as well as important efforts in the humanities and social sciences. During his tenure, the university has nearly tripled research expenditures, completed an unprecedented infrastructure expansion, and announced gifts endowing three schools on campus.
Prior to joining ASU, Crow was executive vice provost of Columbia University and served as director for the Institute for Physical Research and Technology at Iowa State University. He holds a doctoral degree in public administration with an emphasis in science and technology policy from Syracuse University.
A fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Council on Foreign Relations, Crow is the author of books and articles relating to the design and analysis of knowledge enterprises, technology transfer, sustainable development, and science and technology policy.
Crow and his wife, Sybil Francis, live in Paradise Valley, Ariz., and are life members of the ISU Alumni Association. In 2008 Crow received an honorary doctorate of humanities and letters from Iowa State.