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Michael Crow

Michael Crow

President, Arizona State University

Office of the President
Arizona State University
PO Box 877705
Tempe, AZ 85287-7705


  • Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • President, Arizona State University
  • Professor, School of Public Affairs, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
  • Co-Chair, Board of Directors of the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation at ASU
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation


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 Futures Laboratory, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, and the nation’s first School of Sustainability, which advance research, education and business practices at the intersection of nature and the made environment.

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,” 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. Crow earned 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


External Links

Journal Articles


McNutt, M. and M. M. Crow. 2020. Science institutions for a complex, fast-paced world. Issues in Science and Technology 34(2):30-34. (link )


Crow, M. M. and D. M. Anderson. 2018. Higher logic. AGB (Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities) 26(3):28-31. (link )


Gilbert, C. G., M. M. Crow and D. M. Anderson. 2017. Design thinking for higher education. Stanford Social Innovation Review 16(1):36-41. (link )


Crow, M. M. 2016. Public administration and the imperative for social progress. Public Administration Review 76(2):215-216. DOI: 10.1111/puar.12535. (link )

Crow, M. M. and R. F. Shangraw, Jr. 2016. Revisiting "public administration as a design science" for the twenty-first century public university. Public Administration Review 76(5):762-763. DOI: 10.1111/puar.12573. (link )


Crow, M. M. and W. B. Dabars. 2015. A new model for the American research university. Issues in Science and Technology 31(3):. (link )


Crow, M. M. and W. 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. 2007. Enterprise: The path to transformation for emerging public universities. The Presidency 10(2):24-30. (link )

Crow, M. M. 2007. Perspectives: None dare call it hubris: The limits of knowledge. Issues in Science and Technology 23(2):29-32. (link )


Crow, M. M. 2006. A working model of a new American university. Metropolitan Universities 17(3):95-110. (link )


Colyvas, J., M. Crow, A. Gelijns, R. Mazzoleni, R. R. Nelson, N. Rosenberg and B. N. Sampat. 2002. How do university inventions get into practice?. Management Science 48(1):61-72. (link )


Crow, M. M. and C. Tucker. 2001. The American research university system as America's de facto technology policy. Science and Public Policy 28(1):2-10. DOI: 10.3152/147154301781781615. (link )


Shangraw, Jr., R. F. and M. M. Crow. 1998. Public administration as a design science. International Journal of Public Admininistration 21(6-8):1059-1077. DOI: 10.1080/01900699808525334. (link )


Crow, M. M. 1994. Science and technology policy in the United States: Trading in the 1950 model. Science and Public Policy 21(4):202-212. DOI: 10.1093/spp/21.4.202. (link )


Niosi, J., P. Saviotti, B. Bellon and M. Crow. 1993. National systems of innovation: In search of a workable concept. Technology in Society 15(2):207-227. DOI: 10.1016/0160-791X(93)90003-7. (link )


Crow, M. M. and S. A. Nath. 1992. Technology strategy development in Korean industry: An assessment of market and government influences. Technovation 12(2):119-136. DOI: 10.1016/0166-4972(92)90019-E. (link )

Niosi, J., B. Bellon, P. Saviotti and M. M. Crow. 1992. Les systèmes nationaux d'innovation: à la recherche d'un concept utilisable. Revue française d'économie 7(1):215-250. (link )


Bozeman, B. and M. M. Crow. 1991. Red tape and technology transfer in US government laboratories. The Journal of Technology Transfer 16:29-37. DOI: 10.1007/BF02371354. (link )

Bozeman, B. and M. M. Crow. 1991. Technology transfer from U.S. government and university R&D laboratories. Technovation 11(4):231-246. DOI: 10.1016/0166-4972(91)90036-4. (link )

Crow, M. and B. Bozeman. 1991. R&D laboratories in the USA: Structure, capacity and context. Science and Public Policy 18(3):165-179. DOI: 10.1093/spp/18.3.165. (link )


Bozeman, B. and M. M. Crow. 1990. The environments of U.S. R&D laboratories: political and market influences. Policy Sciences 23:25-36. DOI: (link )

Crow, M. M., M. A. Emmert and C. I. Jacobson. 1990. Government-supported industrial research institutes in the United States. Policy Studies Journal 19(1):59-74. DOI: 10.1111/j.1541-0072.1990.tb00876.x. (link )

Crow, M. M. and S. A. Nath. 1990. Technology strategy development in Japanese industry: An assessment of market and government influences. Technovation 10(5):333-346. DOI: 10.1016/0166-4972(90)90017-E. (link )


Crow, M. M. 1989. Technology development in Japan and the United States: Lessons from the high-temperature superconductivity race. Science and Public Policy 16(6):322-344. DOI: 10.1093/spp/16.6.322. (link )

Crow, M. M. and B. L. Bozeman. 1989. Bureaucratization in the laboratory. Research-Technology Management 32(5):30-31. DOI: 10.1080/08956308.1989.11670610. (link )

Emmert, M. A. and M. M. Crow. 1989. The cooperative university research laboratory: Policy implications for higher education. The Journal of Higher Education 60(4):408-422. DOI: 10.2307/1982063. (link )

Link, A. N., B. Bozeman and M. M. Crow. 1989. Federal funding and R&D output in US industrial laboratories. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management 36(2):154-157. DOI: 10.1109/17.18834. (link )

Shangraw, Jr., R. F., M. M. Crow and S. Overman. 1989. Public administration as a design science. Public Administration Review 49(2):153-160. DOI: 10.2307/977335. (link )


Crow, M. M. 1988. Assessing government influence on industrial R&D. Research-Technology Management 31(5):47-52. DOI: 10.1080/08956308.1988.11670548. (link )

Crow, M. M. 1988. Technology and knowledge transfer in energy R&D laboratories: An analysis of effectiveness. Evaluation and Program Planning 11(1):85-95. DOI: 10.1016/0149-7189(88)90037-7. (link )

Emmert, M. A. and M. M. Crow. 1988. Public, private and hybrid organizations: An empirical examination of the role of publicness. Adminstration & Society 20(2):216-244. DOI: 10.1177/009539978802000205. (link )

Rahm, D., B. Bozeman and M. Crow. 1988. Domestic technology transfer and competitiveness: An empirical assessment of roles of university and governmental R&D laboratoroes. Public Administration Review 48(6):969-978. DOI: 10.2307/976993. (link )


Crow, M. M. and B. L. Bozeman. 1987. A new typology for R&D laboratories: Implications for policy analysts. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 6(3):328-341. DOI: 10.2307/3324847. (link )

Crow, M. and B. Bozeman. 1987. R&D laboratory classification and public policy: The effects of environmental context on laboratory behavior. Research Policy 16(5):229-258. DOI: 10.1016/0048-7333(87)90009-6. (link )

Emmert, M. A. and M. M. Crow. 1987. Public-private cooperation and hybrid organizations. Journal of Management 13(1):55-67. DOI: 10.1177/014920638701300105. (link )


Lambright, W. H., M. Crow and R. F. Shangraw. 1984. National projects in civilian technology. Review of Policy Research 3(3-4):453-459. DOI: 0.1111/j.1541-1338.1984.tb00140.x. (link )


Desai, U. and M. M. Crow. 1983. Failures of power and intelligence: Use of scientific-technical information in government decision making. Administration & Society 15(2):185-206. DOI: 10.1177/009539978301500202. (link )



Crow, M. M. and W. B. Dabars. 2020. The Fifth Wave: The Evolution of American Higher Education. Johns Hopkins University Press. Baltimore, MD. ISBN: 978-1421438023.


Crow, M. M. and W. Dabars. 2015. Designing the New American University. Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN: 978-1421417233.


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. F. 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.

Book Chapters


Crow, M. M., W. B. Dabars and D. M. Anderson. 2020. Building a university where all people matter. In: Orr, D. W., A. Gumbel, B. Kitwana and W. S. Becker eds., Democracy Unchained: How to Rebuild Goverment for the People. The New Press. ISBN: 978-1620975138.


Crow, M. M. and W. B. Dabars. 2019. Restructuring research universities to advance interdisciplinary collaboration. Pp. 477-488 In: Hall, K. L., A. L. Vogel and R. T. Croyle eds., Strategies for Team Science Success : Handbook of Evidence-based Principles for Cross-Disciplinary Science and Practical Lessons Learned from Health Researchers. Springer Nature Switzerland AG. ISBN: 9783030209902.


Crow, M. M. and W. B. Dabars. 2017. Interdisciplinarity and the institutional context of knowledge in the American research university. Pp. 471-484 In: Frodeman, R. ed., The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity, 2nd Ed. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780198733522.


Crow, M. M. and W. B. Dabars. 2014. Toward intedisciplinarity by design in the American research university. Pp. 13-36 In: Weingart, P. and B. Padberg eds., University Experiments in Interdisciplinarity: Obstacles and Opportunities. transcript, Bielefeld University. ISBN: 978-3837626162.


Crow, M. M. and W. B. Dabars. 2013. Chapter 14. Interdisciplinarity as a design problem: Toward mutual intelligibility among academic disciplines in the American research university. In: O'Rourke, M., S. Crowley, S. D. Eigenbrode and J. D. Wulfhorst eds., Enhancing Communication & Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Research. SAGE Publications. ISBN: 9781452255668.


Crow, M. M. and W. B. Dabars. 2012. University-based R&D and economic development: The Morrill Act and the emergence of the American research university. Pp. 119-158 In: Fogel, D. M. and E. Malson-Huddle eds., Precipe or Crossroads? Where America's Great Public Universities Stand and Where They are Going Midway Through Their Second Century. State University of New York Press. Albany, NY. ISBN: 978-1438444925.


Crow, M. M. 2011. Beyond the "new normal" in American higher education: Toward perpetual innovation. Pp. 50-69 In: Breneman, D. W. and P. J. Yakoboski eds., Smart Leadership for Higher Education in Difficult Times. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. Cheltenham, UK. ISBN: 978-1849803038.


Crow, M. M. 2010. Sustainability as a founding principle of the United States. Pp. 301-305 In: Dean Moore, K. and M. P. Nelson eds., Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril. Trinity University Press. San Antonio, TX. ISBN: 978-1-59534-066-5.

Crow, M. M. 2010. The new American university: Redefining excellence, access, and impact in the American public research university. In: Munck, R. and K. Mohman eds., Reinventing the University: Creating a New Vision. Glasnevin. Dublin.

Crow, M. M. 2010. The research university as comprehensive knowledge enterprise: A prototype for a new American university. In: Weber, L. E. and J. J. Duderstadt eds., University Research for Innovation. Economica. ISBN: 978-2717857979.


Slate, P. J. and M. Crow. 2007. The new American university and role of "technology translations": The approach of Arizona State University. Pp. 1661-1672 In: Krattiger, A., R. T. Mahoney, U. Nelsen, J. A. Thomson, A. B. Bennett, K. Satyanarayana, G. D. Graff, C. Fernandez and S. P. Kowalski eds., Intellectual Property Management in Health and Agricultural Innovation: A Handbook of Best Practices. Vol 1. MIHR and PIPRA. Oxford, UK and Davis, CA. ISBN: 978-1424320264.


Lambright, W. H., M. Crow and R. F. Shangraw. 1988. National projects in civilian technology. Pp. 63-74 In: Roessner, J. D. ed., Government Innovation Policy. algrave Macmillan. London, UK. ISBN: 978-1-349-08884-3.

Conference Papers


Crow, M. M. 2012. Reinventing the public research university. Pp. 18-24 Forum Futures 2012. Forum's 2011 Aspen Symposium. Cambridge, MA.


Crow, M. M. 2008. Building an entrepreneurial university. The Future of the Research University: Meeting the Global Challenges of the 21st Century. Third Kauffman-Max Planck Institute Summit on Entrepreneurship Research and Policy. Kansas CIty, MO.