Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
President, Arizona State University
Professor, School of Public Affairs, College of Public Service & Community Solutions
Co-Chair, Board of Directors of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Office of the President
Arizona State University
PO Box 877705
Tempe, AZ 85287-7705
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
Crow, M. M. and W. B. 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. 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. 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.