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President & Professor
Administrative, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7705
President & Professor
Administrative, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7705
President & Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7705
President & Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7705
Distinguished Global Futures Scientist
Administrative, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7705
President & Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7705

Dr. Michael M. Crow is an educator, knowledge enterprise architect, science and technology policy scholar and higher education leader. He became the sixteenth president of Arizona State University in July 2002 and has spearheaded ASU’s rapid and groundbreaking transformative evolution into one of America’s best public metropolitan research universities. As a model “New American University,” ASU simultaneously demonstrates comprehensive excellence, inclusivity representative of the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of the United States, and consequential societal impact.

Lauded as the ”#1 most innovative” school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report , ASU is a student-centric, technology-enabled knowledge enterprise focused on complex global challenges related to sustainability, economic competitiveness, social embeddedness, entrepreneurship and global engagement. Under Dr, Crow’s leadership, ASU has established twenty-five new transdisciplinary schools, including the School of Earth and Space Exploration, the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, and launched trailblazing multidisciplinary initiatives including the Biodesign Institute, sixteen use-inspired research centers focused on biomedicine and health, sustainability and security; the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the nation’s first School of Sustainability, which advance research, education and business practices at the intersection of nature and the made environment.

Dr. Crow’s model has achieved record-breaking levels of traditional, online and international student enrollment, freshman quality and retention, and nearly five-fold growth in research expenditures. ASU’s meteoric ascent in quality, growth and modernization has earned it separate rankings as one of the top 100 most prestigious universities in the world by Times Higher Education, and a top 100 position in Shanghai Jiao Tong’s 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The inaugural recipient of the American Council on Education Award for Institutional Transformation, and one of TIME magazine’s “10 Best College Presidents,” Dr. Crow previously served as executive vice provost and professor of science and technology policy at Columbia University. He has advised the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, and Energy, as well as defense and intelligence agencies, and serves as Chairman of In-Q-Tel. He is a former member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and has advised several nation-states on matters of knowledge enterprise development. An elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and National Academy of Public Administration, University Vice Chairman of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he is the author of books and articles analyzing knowledge enterprises, science and technology policy, and the design of higher education institutions and systems. He coauthored Designing the New American University (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015), outlining the imperative for new and creative public university models that advance concurrent academic excellence and broad accessibility. Dr. Crow earned his PhD in Public Administration (Science and Technology Policy) from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.


  • Ph.D. Public Administration (Science and Technology Policy), Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, New York 1985
  • B.A. Political Science and Environmental Studies, Iowa State University
Research Interests: 

Science and Technology Policy

University Design


Higher Education Reform

Knowledge Economy

Global Engagement

Social Embeddedness


  • Michael M. Crow. Citizen Science U. Scientific American (2012).
  • Michael M. Crow. Reinventing the Public Research University. Forum Futures (2012).
  • Michael M. Crow, William Dabars. Knowledge Without Borders: American Research Universities in a Global Context. Cairo Review of Global Affairs (2012).
  • Michael M. Crow. Time to Rethink the NIH. Nature (2011).
  • Michael M. Crow. Differentiating America's Colleges and Universities: Institutional Innovation in Arizona. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning (2010).
  • Michael M. Crow. Organizing Teaching and Research to Address the Grand Challenges of Sustainable Development. Bioscience (American Institute of Biological Sciences (2010).
  • Michael M. Crow. Toward Institutional Innovation in America's Colleges and Universities. Trusteeship (Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities (2010).
  • Catherine Paradeise, Michael Crow. Une nouvelle université américaine?. Le Debaté: Histoire, Politique, Société (2009).
  • Michael Crow. The Challenge for the Obama Administration Science Team. Issues in Science and Technology (2009).
  • Michael Crow. Overcoming Stone Age Logic. Issues in Science and Technology (2008).
  • Michael Crow, Mariko Silver. American Education Systems in a Global Context. Technology in Society (2008).
  • Michael Crow. A Working Model of a New American University. Metropolitan Universities: An International Forum (2007).
  • Michael Crow. Enterprise: The Path to Transformation for Emerging Public Universities. The Presidency (American Council on Education (2007).
  • Michael Crow. None Dare Call it Hubris: The Limits of Knowledge. Issues in Science and Technology (2007).
  • Michael Crow. Towards a Broader Definition of Public Service: Social Embeddedness and the New American University. Court Manager: The Journal of the National Association for Court Management (2007).
  • J Colyvas, Michael Crow, A Geligns, A Mazzoleni, R Nelson, N Rosenberg, B Sampat. How Do University Inventions Get Into Practice?. Management Science (2002).
  • Michael Crow, Christopher Tucker. The American Research University System as America's de facto Technology Policy. Science and Public Policy (2001).
  • Crow, Michael M (Author) ,Sarewitz, Daniel (Author) . Nanotechnology and Societal Transformation. AAAS Science and Technology Policy Yearbook 2001 (2001).
  • Michael M. Crow. The Humanities Under Threat?. Threats to Univeristies, Humanities, and Sciences Conference, British Academy (Oct 2011).
  • Michael M. Crow. Universities and Transdisciplinary Education for Sustainability. University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (Oct 2011).
  • Michael M. Crow. America's Public Universities: The Front Line to America's Economic Recovery and Competitiveness. Graduate College Distinguished Lecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Oct 2011).
  • Michael M. Crow. Toward a New American University. The Future of State Universities: The Next Ten Years (Oct 2011).
  • Michael M. Crow. Social Innovation and Technology. Compass Summit 2011 (Oct 2011).
  • Michael M. Crow. Reinventing the University. Forum for the Future of Higher Education 2011 Aspen Symposium (Jun 2011).
  • Michael M. Crow. Deisgning a University for America's Complex Future. Harvard University Program on Science, Technology, and Society - Kennedy School (Nov 2010).
  • Michael M. Crow. Reconceptualizing Universities as Knowledge Enterprises: Toward Innovation, Differentiation, and Adaptation. Arizona State University/Dublin City University Summit on Reinventing the University (Jun 2010).
  • Michael M. Crow. Engineering in the Service of the Nation. National Academy of Engineering Phoenix Grand Challenges Summit (Apr 2010).
  • Michael M. Crow. Toward Entrepreneurial Universities. Entrepreneurial University Leadership Program, Saïd School of Business (Feb 2010).
  • Michael M. Crow. Toward Institutional Innovation in America's Colleges and Universities. Association of Governing Boards Foundation Leadership Forum (Jan 2010).
  • Michael M. Crow. Mobilizing a World-Class Energy Workforce. National Energy Summit and International Dialogue, Council on Competitiveness (Sep 2009).
  • Michael M. Crow. The Research University as Comprehensive Knowledge Enterprise: The Reconceptualization of Arizona State University as a Prototype for a New American University. Seventh Glion Colloquium: The Role of the Research University in an Innoation-Driven Global Society (Jun 2009).
  • Michael M. Crow. The University of the Future and Sustainable Development. Institut des Hautes Etudes pour la Science et la Technologie: Vers une Nouvelle Université (Jun 2009).
  • Michael M. Crow. A Matter of Excellence and Access: Economic Mobility and Higher Education. Milken Institute Global Conference (Apr 2009).
  • Micheal M. Crow. Hope, Change, and Affirmation: New Values to Guide Institutional Innovation in American Higher Education. College Board (Nov 2008).
  • Michael M. Crow. Toward Sustainable Development. Arizona State University Sustainability Summit (Sep 2008).
  • Michael M. Crow. Building an Entrepreneurial University. Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation-Max Planck Institute Summit on Entrepreneurship Research and Policy (Jun 2008).
  • Michael M. Crow. The New American University and the Spirit of Academic Enterprise: Redefining Excellence, Access, and Impact for Public Higher Education. Ministére de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche (Jun 2008).
  • Michael M. Crow. Opportunities and Limits in the Creation of Useful Knowledge for Sustainable Development. Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia of the National Academy of Sciences (Apr 2008).
  • Michael M. Crow. Sustainability as an Interface Problem. Annual Science Board, Santa Fe Institute (Apr 2008).
  • Michael M. Crow. The University at a Crossroads: How Higher Education Can Meet the Demand of Today's Entrepreneurial Community. Milken Institute Global Conference (Apr 2008).
  • Michael M. Crow. Perpetual Innovation: Universities and Regional Economic Development. Annual Conference of the International Economic Development Council (Sep 2007).
  • Michael M. Crow. The New American University: Redefining Excellence, Access, and Impact in the American Public Research University. Sixteenth Annual European Access Network Conference (Jun 2007).
  • Michael M. Crow. A Focus on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Prosperity. Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (Jun 2007).
  • Michael M. Crow. University Design for the Twenty-First Century: The Case for Sustainability. International University Presidents Forum (May 2007).
  • Michael M. Crow. American Research Universities During the Long Twilight of the Stone Age. Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit (Feb 2007).
  • Crow, Michael. Global Engagement and the American Research University. Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations (Sep 2006).
  • Crow, Michael. Preparing America for the Future. Workforce Innovations 2006, U.S. Department of Labor (Jul 2006).
  • Crow, Michael. Agency to Enterprise: Rethinking University Trajectory. President's Speakers Series (Apr 2006).
  • Crow, Michael. Nanotechnology and Society. (Jan 2006).
  • Crow, Michael. Towards Consensus Regarding the Value of Higher Education in Arizona. East Valley Think Tank (Sep 2005).
  • Crow, Michael. A Critical Inflection Point: The New Molecular Technologies, Healthcare, and Economic Development in Arizona. 'Meds and Eds' Luncheon (Sep 2005).
  • Crow, Michael. The New Competitive Global Environment. Tempe Chamber of Commerce Annual Luncheon (Jun 2005).
  • Crow, Michael. Education, Innovation, Free Enterprise, Global Competitiveness. Economic Club of Phoenix (May 2005).
  • Crow, Michael. Implementing Four Academic Platforms. Downtown Campus Planning Retreat (May 2005).
  • Crow, Michael. How Competitive is Arizona?. APS Quarterly Leadership Forum (Dec 2004).
  • Crow, Michael. Towards Diversity in Our Institutions. Educating for a Diverse America (Jan 2004).
  • Crow, Michael. Building a Comprehensive Metropolitan Research University. Spring Semester 2004 Academic Assembly (Jan 2004).
  • Crow, Michael. The Academy as Social Change Driver. 'Rethinking Science Policy: Analytical Frameworks for Evidence-Based Policy,' STRATA Programme of the European Commission (Mar 2002).
  • Crow, Michael. Science, Society and Outcomes: Building a New Basis for Meteorology and Climate Science. 'Society and The Society: What Can the American Meteorological Society Do to Better Foster Scientific Services for Society's Needs?' AMS Second Annual Presidential Forum (Jan 2002).
  • Crow, Michael. The Economic Development-Postsecondary Education Nexus. Partnerships for Progress: Linking Higher Education and Economic Development, National Governors Association (Dec 2001).
  • Crow, Michael. Maximizing the Impact of Academic Technology Transfer. New York State Technology Transfer Summit (Oct 2001).
  • Crow, Michael. Greater Phoenix in the Knowledge-Driven Economy. Greater Phoenix 2001 Workshop (Apr 2001).
  • Crow, Michael. Investing in and Managing Academic Research Strategically. Association of University Managers 2001 Annual Meeting (Mar 2001).
  • Crow, Michael. Science and Social Outcomes: Updating Outdated Models for Science Policy. Center for International Development (Feb 2001).
  • Crow, Michael. Universities as Engines of Innovations. (Oct 2000).
  • Crow, Michael. Nanotechnology and Societal Transformation. National Science and Technology Council Workshop on Societal Implications of Nanosciences and Nanotechnology (Sep 2000).
  • Crow, Michael. High Quality, High Leverage University Research. New Frontiers in Science and Technology Policy, Gordon Conference (Aug 2000).
  • Crow, Michael. Training Future Decision Makers in SP&C. Global Dialogue 1: Natural Resources in our Independent World, Expo 2000 (Jun 2000).
  • Crow, Michael. Linking Scientific Research to Societal Outcomes. 25th Anniversary of the AAAS Colloquium on Science and Technology Policy (Apr 2000).
  • Crow, Michael. Linking Scientific Research to Societal Outcomes. International Workshop on Research, Technology and Design Issues (Mar 2000).
  • Crow, Michael. Managing Complexity: Teaching and Learning in the Next 20 years. Conference of SUCCEED and GATEWAY Engineering Education Coalition (Mar 2000).
  • Crow, Michael. Exploding Technology, Public/Private Partnerships and the Modern Campus. SEC Chairs Conference 2000 of Louisiana State University (Mar 2000).
  • SparksLabs Honorary Advisory Board, Advisor (2012 - Present)
  • National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, U.S. Department of Commerce, Presidential Appointee (2012 - Present)
  • National LambdaRail Chairman's Advisory Council, Chair (2011 - Present)
  • Tucson Regional Economic Authority, Member (2011 - Present)
  • Arizona Commerce Authority, Member (2010 - Present)
  • Stardust Foundation, Board Member (2007 - Present)
  • Innovation America Task Force, National Governors Association, Washington DC, Board Member (2006 - Present)
  • National Academy of Public Administration, Fellow (2006 - Present)
  • Council for Aid to Education, New York, Board of Trustees (2005 - Present)
  • Council on Foreign Relations, New York, Board Member (2005 - Present)
  • Urban Land Institute, Washington, DC, Board Member (2005 - Present)
  • Advisory Board, James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization, University of Oxford, Member (2004 - Present)
  • Board of Trustees, Internet2, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Member (2004 - Present)
  • Business-Higher Education Forum, Washington, DC, Board Member (2004 - Present)
  • Aquila, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri, Board of Directors (2003 - Present)
  • Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE), Tempe, Arizona, Board of Directors (2003 - Present)
  • Board of Trustees, ASU Foundation, Tempe, Arizona, Board of Directors (2002 - Present)
  • Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Phoenix, Arizona, Board of Directors (2002 - Present)
  • Greater Phoenix Leadership, Phoenix, Arizona, Board of Directors (2002 - Present)
  • Translational Genomics Research Institute, Phoenix, Arizona, Board of Directors (2002 - Present)
  • In-Q-Tel, Inc. Washington, DC, Chair and Director (1999 - Present)
  • Pacific-10 Conference (becoming the Pacific-12 conference in 2011), Chair (2009 - 2011)
  • American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, Chair (2007 - 2010)
  • Arizona Economic Resource Organization, Board Member (2007 - 2009)
  • National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges and CICEP, Board Member and Chairman (2007 - 2009)
  • Arizona State Board of Education, Phoenix, Arizona, Board of Directors (2003 - 2007)
  • Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, Trustee (2001 - 2006)
  • Fathom Global Network, Inc., New York, New York, Chair and Director (2000 - 2002)