Michael M. Crow is an academic leader and educator, designer of knowledge enterprises, and science and technology scholar. He became the sixteenth president of Arizona State University in July 2002 and is guiding its transformation 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 termed the “New American University.” Under his leadership, ASU has established major interdisciplinary research initiatives, witnessed an unprecedented expansion of academic infrastructure and a more than fourfold increase in research expenditures, attained record levels of diversity in the student body, and was named the nation’s most innovative school by U.S. News & World Report in 2015 and 2016.
He was previously professor of science and technology policy and executive vice provost of Columbia University, where he served as chief strategist of Columbia’s research enterprise and technology transfer operations. He has been an advisor to the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, and Energy, defense and intelligence agencies, and a number of nation-states on matters of science and technology policy and knowledge enterprise design. An elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Academy of Public Administration, he is the co-author of Designing the New American University, published in 2015, and author or co-author of books and articles analyzing knowledge enterprises, science and technology policy, and the design of higher education institutions and systems.