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Michael Crow

Michael Crow

President, Arizona State University

Office of the President
Arizona State University
PO Box 877705
Tempe, AZ 85287-7705


  • Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • President, Arizona State University
  • Professor, School of Public Affairs, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
  • Co-Chair, Board of Directors of the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation at ASU
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation


Michael M. Crow became the sixteenth president of Arizona State University on July 1, 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; the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, incorporating the School of Sustainability; the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College; and important initiatives in the humanities and social sciences. During his tenure the university has nearly quadrupled research expenditures, completed an unprecedented infrastructure expansion, and was named the nation’s most innovative school by U.S. News & World Report in 2015 and 2016.

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 of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and in 1998 founded the Center for Science, Policy, and Outcomes, dedicated to linking science and technology to optimal social, economic, and environmental outcomes. In 2003, CSPO was reconstituted at ASU and is now based in both Phoenix and Washington, DC.

He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Academy of Public Administration, and member of the Council on Foreign Relations and U.S. Department of Commerce National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The author of books and articles analyzing science and technology policy and the design of knowledge enterprises, Crow received his PhD in Public Administration (Science and Technology Policy) from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.


  • PhD, Public Administration (Science and Technology Policy), Syracuse University, 1985
  • BA, Political Sciences and Environmental Studies, Iowa State University, 1977


External Links

Journal Articles


Crow, M. M. and D. M. Anderson. 2018. Higher logic. AGB (Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities) 26(3):28-31. (link )


Gilbert, C. G., M. M. Crow and D. M. Anderson. 2017. Design thinking for higher education. Stanford Social Innovation Review 16(1):36-41. (link )


Crow, M. M. 2016. Public administration and the imperative for social progress. Public Administration Review 76(2):215-216. DOI: 10.1111/puar.12535. (link )

Crow, M. M. and R. F. Shangraw, Jr. 2016. Revisiting "public administration as a design science" for the twenty-first century public university. Public Administration Review 76(5):762-763. DOI: 10.1111/puar.12573. (link )


Crow, M. M. and W. B. Dabars. 2015. A new model for the American research university. Issues in Science and Technology 31(3):. (link )


Crow, M. M. and W. Dabars. 2012. Essay: Knowledge without borders. Cairo Review of Global Affairs 5(Spring):35-45. (link )


Crow, M. M. 2011. Comment: Time to rethink the NIH. Nature 471(March):569-571. (link )


Crow, M. M. 2010. Differentiating colleges and universities: Institutional innovation in Arizona. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning (Sept/Oct):34-39. (link )

Crow, M. M. 2010. Organizing teaching and research to address the grand challenges of sustainable development. BioScience 60(7):488-489. DOI: 10.1525/bio.2010.60.7.2. (link )

Crow, M. M. 2010. Toward institutional innovation in America's colleges and universities. Trusteeship 18(3):8-13.


Crow, M. M. 2009. Overcoming Stone Age logic. Issues in Science and Technology 25(2):25-26. (link )

Crow, M. M. 2009. Perspective: The challenges for the Obama Administration science team. Issues in Science and Technology 25(3):29-30. (link )

Paradeise, C. and M. M. Crow. 2009. Une nouvelle université américaine?. Le Débat: Histoire, Politique, Société 156(Sep/Oct):117-127.


Crow, M. M. and M. Silver. 2008. American education systems in a global context. Technology in Society 30(3-4):279-291. DOI: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2008.04.022. (link )


Crow, M. M. 2007. Enterprise: The path to transformation for emerging public universities. The Presidency 10(2):24-30. (link )

Crow, M. M. 2007. Perspectives: None dare call it hubris: The limits of knowledge. Issues in Science and Technology 23(2):29-32. (link )



Crow, M. M. and W. B. Dabars. 2020. The Fifth Wave: The Evolution of American Higher Education. Johns Hopkins University Press. Baltimore, MD. ISBN: 978-1421438023.


Crow, M. M. and W. Dabars. 2015. Designing the New American University. Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN: 978-1421417233.


Crow, M. M. and B. Bozeman. 1998. Limited by Design: R&D Laboratories in the U.S. National Innovation System. Columbia University Press. ISBN: 978-0231109826.


Crow, M. M., B. Bozeman, W. Meyer and R. F. Shangraw, Jr. 1988. Synthetic Fuel Technology Development in the United States: A Retrospective Assessment. Pranger. ISBN: 978-0275930837.


Bozeman, B., M. M. Crow and A. N. Link eds. 1984. Strategic Management of Industrial Industrial R&D. Lexington Books. ISBN: 0669082694.


Crow, M. M. ed. 1983. High Sulfer Coal Exports: An International Analysis. Southern Illinois University Press. ISBN: 978-0809311224.

Book Chapters


Crow, M. M., W. B. Dabars and D. M. Anderson. 2020. Building a university where all people matter. In: Orr, D. W., A. Gumbel, B. Kitwana and W. S. Becker eds., Democracy Unchained: How to Rebuild Goverment for the People. The New Press. ISBN: 978-1620975138.


Crow, M. M. and W. B. Dabars. 2019. Restructuring research universities to advance interdisciplinary collaboration. Pp. 477-488 In: Hall, K. L., A. L. Vogel and R. T. Croyle eds., Strategies for Team Science Success : Handbook of Evidence-based Principles for Cross-Disciplinary Science and Practical Lessons Learned from Health Researchers. Springer Nature Switzerland AG. ISBN: 9783030209902.


Crow, M. M. and W. B. Dabars. 2017. Interdisciplinarity and the institutional context of knowledge in the American research university. Pp. 471-484 In: Frodeman, R. ed., The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity, 2nd Ed. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780198733522.


Crow, M. M. and W. B. Dabars. 2014. Toward intedisciplinarity by design in the American research university. Pp. 13-36 In: Weingart, P. and B. Padberg eds., University Experiments in Interdisciplinarity: Obstacles and Opportunities. transcript, Bielefeld University. ISBN: 978-3837626162.


Crow, M. M. and W. B. Dabars. 2013. Chapter 14. Interdisciplinarity as a design problem: Toward mutual intelligibility among academic disciplines in the American research university. In: O'Rourke, M., S. Crowley, S. D. Eigenbrode and J. D. Wulfhorst eds., Enhancing Communication & Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Research. SAGE Publications. ISBN: 9781452255668.


Crow, M. M. and W. B. Dabars. 2012. University-based R&D and economic development: The Morrill Act and the emergence of the American research university. Pp. 119-158 In: Fogel, D. M. and E. Malson-Huddle eds., Precipe or Crossroads? Where America's Great Public Universities Stand and Where They are Going Midway Through Their Second Century. State University of New York Press. Albany, NY. ISBN: 978-1438444925.