Michael M. Crow
President, Arizona State University
Michael Crow — educator, knowledge enterprise architect and science and technology policy scholar — became 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, one that is directly engaged in the economic, social and cultural vitality of its region.
He has also committed the university to global engagement, and to setting a new standard for public service.
Since he took office, ASU has marked a number of important milestones, including the establishment of major interdisciplinary research initiatives such as the Biodesign Institute, the International Institute for Sustainability, and MacroTechnology Works, a program integrating science and technology for large-scale applications, including the Flexible Display Center, a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Army.
Under his direction, ASU has announced naming gifts endowing the W. P. Carey School of Business, the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.
Prior to joining ASU, he was 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 (now Science and Technology Ventures), the Strategic Initiative Program, and the Columbia Digital Media Initiative — as well as advancing interdisciplinary program development.
He played the lead role in the creation of the Earth Institute at Columbia University — and helped found the Center for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO) in Washington, D.C., a think tank dedicated to linking science and technology to desired social, economic and environmental outcomes.
He is the author of books and articles relating to the analysis of research organizations, technology transfer, science and technology policy and the practice and theory of public policy.