Michael M. Crow
|Michael M. Crow|
|16th President of Arizona State University|
|Term||July 1, 2002 – Present|
|Predecessor||Lattie F. Coor|
October 11, 1955 |
San Diego, California
|Alma mater||Iowa State University
|Residence||Paradise Valley, Arizona|
|Profession||Professor of Public Policy|
|Salary||$500,000; total annual compensation $728,750 (2007/2008)|
|Spouse||Sybil Francis, Ph.D.|
Michael M. Crow (born October 11, 1955) is an American academic and university administrator. He is the 16th and current president of Arizona State University, having succeeded Lattie F. Coor on July 1, 2002. He was previously Executive Vice Provost of Columbia University, where he was also Professor of Science and Technology Policy in the School of International and Public Affairs.
Michael Crow was born in San Diego, California on October 11, 1955, the eldest of four siblings. His mother died when he was 9 leaving his widowed father, a sailor in the United States Navy, to raise the children on his own. In common with many military families, they moved many times during Crow's childhood. By the time he had graduated from high school, he had attended 17 different schools. He attended Iowa State University on an ROTC scholarship, graduating in 1977 with a BA in political science and environmental studies. Following his graduation he worked for five years at research centers in Iowa and Illinois focusing on energy and policy research.
After earning his doctoral degree in Public Administration (Science and Technology Policy) from Syracuse University in 1985, he worked as an advisor to the Office of Technology Assessment at the U.S. Congress and was a Research Fellow on the Technology and Information Policy Program at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He concurrently began his teaching career, first at the University of Kentucky and then at Iowa State University. He joined the Iowa State faculty in 1988 as an Associate Professor and Director of its Institute for Physical Research and Technology. By 1991, he had become an Institute Professor there and had also worked as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy and Columbia University.
Crow left Iowa State in 1991 to take up an appointment as Professor of Science and Technology Policy, at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. He was a protégé of Jonathan Cole, Provost and Dean of Faculties at Columbia, and his administrative career progressed rapidly. Within two years, Crow was appointed Executive Vice Provost, Columbia's third highest administrative post. At Columbia, he was instrumental in developing the university's digital on-line education strategy and in creating the Columbia Earth Institute.
In 2002, Crow was appointed the 16th and current President of Arizona State University. In 2006 he was made a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and in 2008 received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Iowa State University.
Personal life 
Crow is married to Sybil Francis, who holds a PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is Executive Director of the Center for the Future of Arizona which she co-founded with Lattie Coor in 2002. The couple have one daughter and reside in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Crow also has a son and daughter from a previous marriage.
Selected publications 
- Limited by Design: R&D Laboratories in the United States (with Barry Bozeman) (1998) ISBN 0-231-10982-2
- Synthetic Fuels Technology Development in the United States: A Retrospective Assessment (with Barry Bozeman, Walter Meyers and Ralph Shangraw) (1988) ISBN 0-275-93083-1
- "Time to Rethink the NIH". Nature 471 (March 31, 2011): 569–571.
- "Differentiating America’s Colleges and Universities: Institutional Innovation in Arizona". Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning (September/October 2010): 34–39.
- "Organizing Teaching and Research to Address the Grand Challenges of Sustainable Development". BioScience (American Institute of Biological Sciences) 60, no. 7 (July/August 2010): 488–489.
- "Toward Institutional Innovation in America’s Colleges and Universities". Trusteeship (Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities) 18, no. 3 (May/June 2010): 8–13.
- "Une nouvelle université américaine?" (with Catherine Paradeise). Le Débat: Histoire, Politique, Société 156 (September–October 2009): 117–127.
- "The Challenge for the Obama Administration Science Team". Issues in Science and Technology 25, no. 3 (2009): 29–30.
- "Overcoming Stone Age Logic". Issues in Science and Technology 24, no. 2 (2008): 25–26.
- "American Education Systems in a Global Context". Technology in Society 30, no. 3 (July 2008): 279–291.
- "Enterprise: The Path to Transformation for Emerging Public Universities". The Presidency (American Council on Education) 10, no. 2 (Spring 2007): 24–30.
- "Michael M. Crow. Curriculum Vitae.". Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- Bloomberg Businessweek (16 February 2009). "Highest-Paid Presidents of Public Universities, 2007-08". Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- Center for the Future of Arizona. Sybil Francis, Ph.D., Executive Director. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- Fry, Melissa Crytzer (2006). "Dare Devil". ASU Magazine, Issue 3, 2006. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- Staples, Andy (March 2008). "Inside College Football: Q&A with Arizona State president Michael Crow". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- Columbia News (29 March 2002) "Michael Crow Leaving Columbia to Become President of Arizona State University". Columbia University Office of Public Affairs. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- Kirp, David L. (2004). Shakespeare, Einstein, and the Bottom Line: The Marketing of Higher Education, p. 297. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0674016343
- Iowa State University. Distinguished Alumni Award: Michael M. Crow. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- National Academy of Public Administration. Fellows: Michael M. Crow, Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- Burke, Madelyn (21 February 2008). "Sybil Francis works for 'seamless' education system in Arizona". Arizona Capitol Times. Retrieved 17 November 2012 via Highbeam (subscription required).