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Honorary Degree Recipient

Michael Crow

Michael Crow became Arizona State University's 16th president during the summer of 2002. Since that time he has become known as one of the most ambitious university presidents in the country. Over the last decade he has been leading the work at ASU to build a new kind of American research university; he has doubled the research expenditures, and increased the number of faculty receiving prestigious awards and honors including the Nobel Prize. Prior to becoming president at ASU, Crow was the executive vice provost of Columbia University, where he directed efforts related to research enterprise and technology transfer operations. He also played a central role in the creation of Columbia's Earth Institute and contributed to the founding of a think tank linking science and technology to social, economic, and environmental outcomes.

Crow holds many professional awards and recognitions; he is a fellow (since 2012) of the American Association of the Advancement of Science and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2009, Crow was named one of the top 10 College Presidents by TIME magazine.

After earning a B.A. in political science and environmental studies from Iowa State University, Crow worked for five years at research centers in Iowa and Illinois focusing on energy and policy research. He received his doctoral degree in public administration (science and technology policy) from Syracuse University in 1985. He subsequently taught at the University of Kentucky and Iowa State, also consulting for the U.S. Department of Energy and Columbia University.