More crowing about Crow


So what is behind the love-fest between the daily and ASU’s overpaid kingpin, Michael Crow? Whatever it is, he is guaranteed adulation whenever his name appears inked on their increasinly slim sheets. Today, he merits two full pages.

In June the Arizona Board of Regents generously and unanimously voted to gift Crow, 52, a 25 percent raise in pay and benefits bringing him to a record $720,000 a year. That figure excludes the additional bonus of $150,000.

“I view this as sort of ‘carry on and work harder,’ ” Crow said as he thanked the board at the meeting at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Regent and Democrat former Arizona U.S. Sen. Dennis DeConcini said he was impressed with Crow’s effort to make ASU accessible to many students and his progress in increasing student diversity.

Could DeConcini be referring to diversity of thought? Wouldn’t bet on it.  Most likely it is state government judging student quality by use of raced-based preferences.

“He’s worth every dollar he gets paid because he delivers,” DeConcini said.

Meanwhile, at their December 6, 2007 meeting, the Regents voted to once again increase student tuition to our state’s three universities.

7 Responses to More crowing about Crow

  1. Villanova says:

    So the students get yearly tuition increases and Crow makes nearly a million bucks a year? Seems something is mighty wrong with this picture.

    And look at the members of the Board of Regents who gave the increase a unanimous vote. The ones that I’ve heard of are far left of center. Eddie Basha, who ran for governor as a Democrat, was a recent member. DiConcini was one of the worst US senators this state has seen. Given our current gruesome twosome, that’s saying a lot!!
    Ask people in the legal community about Democrat Ernest Calderon. He has his own set of problems. Fred DuVal is a high level Democrat operative. He was a senior staffer to former Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt–also a Democrat. I can only guess at the others whose names I am not familiar with. This is a stacked board with Gov. Napolitano as an ex officio member.

    It’s good to be an FOJ (Friend of Janet).

  2. Anna says:

    My son has to work a job and a half while going to ASU full time, and this swell guy is making a fortune shilling for diversity! Then I read that Lute Olson is still drawing his enormous salary and benefits while not working this season because he’s going through a divorce. Lots of us have gone through personal problems and don’t have the luxury of taking a break from earning a living.
    I’m furious!!! Our state universities are in the con game business.

  3. Troy says:

    Graduated ASU in 2005. Tuition was steep. My stay-at-home Mom took a job as a department store clerk to assist me . I also worked throughout my college years, and lived at home in order to afford my education. It was not easy on me or my family. My two younger brothers and sister came home to an empty home each day after school. We all made sacrifices. Yes, I feel it was worth it since I got my education, but to see the kind of money Crow is pulling in sickens me. Isn’t a university education in Arizona supposed to be as close to free as possible? Someone told me that one day, and I nearly fell on the ground laughing. If that’s true, they didn’t get the message at the Board of Regents.

  4. Angry says:

    Bringing Michael Crow in was a mistake of vast proportions. The Valley and the state will pay for this for decades to come.

    However, ASU has been an ongoing embarrassment and a disaster for the state of Arizona, and the Valley, for a lot longer than Crow has been in office. ASU and the Board of Regents for decades have consistently made very poor and short-sighted decisions that have adversely affected the Valley economy and the economy of the state.

    The Valley is one of a very few major metro areas without an established medical school. We now (as of 2006?) have a branch campus located in a couple of high school buildings and a disused auditorium. We have a university of osteopathy. For a city that wants to bank on healthcare and related bioscience as sources of revenue and employment, this is just about the *worst* way we could have gone about it.
    No library science graduate program. That’s in Tucson.
    Decisions early on to steer clear of alternative energy research (despite having people in this area) and focus instead on NASA probe vehicle technology – “showcase science” as opposed to addressing local issues with local resources.
    Pursuing a mass-market education model with ASU, which only devalued the degrees granted. A lot.
    The development and even institutionalization of the cheating culture at ASU says a great deal about the lack of real oversight and the politics of the institution. This didn’t happen overnight and as deeply ingrained as it is, it’s not going to go away.

    It’s time the Valley took a cue from Avondale, which recently decided to just say no to more ASU. We need to start to promote an idea of multi-institutional diversity. The idea is that multiple independent institutions set up in varied ways are going to function much more effectively than one monolithic institution ever can. It encourages competition, institutional improvement, market responsiveness, and reins in the abuses we have seen with ASU (bureaucratic bloat, dysfunctional personnel in power, abuses of authority at multiple levels, flaunting legal authority, dysfunctional learning environments, failure to serve local populations in some programs, and abandonment of mission). Multi-institutional diversity is present in every real major metropolitan area – and usually consists of both public and private institutions that are substantive – not diploma mills or “fluff” schools.

    The choice is ours – third tier future or diversification.

  5. Real Analysis says:

    According to a report being released by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPAHR):

    Median one-year salary increases for senior executives and chief functional officers from 2006-7 to 2007-8 were 4.5% for public institutions and 4.4% for private institutions – a BIG difference from Michael Crow’s WHOPPING 25% one-year raise and well under Michael Crow’s additional bonus.

    For CEOs of single institutions, average salary was $220,000; $365,190 for CEOs of doctoral degree granting institutions, $226,000 for CEOs of masters’ granting institutions, $220,000 for CEOs of institutions that grant bachelors’ degrees, and $156,870 for junior college CEOs. $365,190, the figure for doctoral degree granting institutions, is just a little over half of Michael Crow’s current annual $720,000.

    ASU is certainly not Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth. Stanford, or the University of Chicago. It isn’t the University of Michigan, and it isn’t the University of Wisconsin. It isn’t even the University of Hawaii, University of California (any branch), or University of Washington. ASU, as a lowest common denominator mass-market sheepskin factory with international pretensions and a documented problem with student cheating, doesn’t even manage to do what it was ostensibly created to accomplish. Throwing money at Crow will not make ASU into anything but a money pit.

    An executive summary of the comparable pay figures is viewable at:

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  7. Alex Mitchell says:

    Ummmmmm…..So why don’t all of you email Michael Crow and tell him what you think.
    BTW have you heard about all the cuts. 550 teachers/professors have been laid off. All other professors have to take unpaid furlough (not teaching days), programs have been discontinued and campuses have been combined.
    Oh yeah, President Crow is taking a 15 day unpaid furlough. Some how, I don’t think that is quite the same a a professor who makes $65K a year taking a 12 day furlough.
    His email is