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Michael Crow Leaving Columbia to Become President of Arizona State University

Michael M. Crow

Dr. Michael M. Crow, Columbia's Executive Vice Provost, has been named President of Arizona State University, the Arizona State Board of Regents announced today (March 29, 2002). Crow, a Professor of Science and Technology Policy in the School of International and Public Affairs, has been at Columbia since 1992 and has spearheaded some of the University's most innovative programs including the Columbia Earth Institute and the University's digital learning initiatives.

"With vision and a seemingly inexhaustible reserve of energy, Michael Crow has helped Columbia anticipate and take best advantage of the trends that are reshaping American research universities," said Columbia President George Rupp. "He has been a great colleague, and his contributions to the University, especially in environmental studies, science policy, and digital learning technologies, will be felt at Columbia for many years to come. Arizona State University has made an excellent choice. He will be greatly missed here at Columbia, but I wish him great success in this new endeavor."

Said Crow of the institution he is leaving, "Columbia University is poised to become the first truly global institution with a level of impact not yet attained by any American research university. I enjoyed working with faculty, research staff, and students in trying to build innovative teaching and research programs."

And of the institution he will lead, Crow said, "Arizona is one of the fastest growing regions in North America, and Arizona State University has a tremendous desire to build a new type of relationship with society at large. I feel very excited about being able to help Arizona State construct that kind of university in an emerging region."

As Executive Vice Provost, Crow oversees Columbia's research enterprise, technology and innovation transfer operations, strategic initiative program, interdisciplinary program development, and an assortment of special projects.

Under his leadership, Columbia, through Science and Technology Ventures (formerly known as Columbia Innovation Enterprise), has consistently ranked first, second, or third among all universities nationally in the amount of income it receives in patent and license revenue. In the most recent rankings, the University was second only to the entire University of California system.

Crow was instrumental in developing Columbia's three-part digital, on-line education strategy, encompassing the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, Columbia Digital Knowledge Ventures, and Fathom, to enhance campus-based learning at the University and to disseminate the expertise of the Columbia faculty to a much wider audience.

He also played the lead role in the creation of the Columbia Earth Institute (CEI), a leader in earth systems teaching and research. CEI is a federation of eight research and teaching centers: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia, Biosphere 2 Center, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation(CERC), Earth Engineering Center, International Research Institute for Climate Prediction (IRI), Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), and Laboratory of Populations, which is a joint venture of Columbia and Rockefeller University.

He also helped found Columbia's Center for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO) in Washington, D.C., an intellectual center dedicated to linking science and technology to desired social, economic, environmental and other outcomes.

Michael Crow holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Iowa State University (1977) and a doctorate degree in Public Administration (Science and Technology Policy) from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University (1985). Prior to moving to Columbia in 1991, he was Institute Professor of Technology Management and Director of the Institute for Physical Research and Technology at Iowa State University. At Columbia he served as Vice Provost, Vice Provost for Research, and Associate Vice Provost for Science and Engineering before becoming Executive Vice Provost in 1998.

He is the author of many articles and the author or editor of several books relating to the analysis of research organizations, technology transfer, strategic R&D management, research universities, science and technology policy, and the practice and theory of public policy.

Founded in 1885, Arizona State University (ASU) is a Research I institution, one of only 88 such institutions in the United States and one of only a handful to achieve the distinction with neither a medical nor agricultural school. ASU has more than 100 high-quality academic and research programs offered through four campuses: the main campus in Tempe; ASU East in southeast Mesa; ASU West in northwest Phoenix; and ASU's Extended Campus, which offers a downtown Phoenix center and distance learning programs.

ASU is the largest university in Arizona; its 52,759 undergraduates and 12,478 graduate students come from all 50 states and more than 146 countries. ASU, in partnership with the private sector, is working to advance the economic competitiveness and quality of life in Arizona. The university, with its excellent theaters, museums, galleries, an arboretum, stadiums and arenas, is a center for cultural and social activities.

Published: Mar 29, 2002
Last modified:Sep 18, 2002

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