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ASU President Crow's Paycheck Highest Among Nation's Public Universities

Michael Crow
(Photo by Paul Atkinson - KJZZ)
Michael Crow

Arizona State University President Michael Crow topped a national list for public university income, taking home almost $1.6 million in 2016.

The Chronicle of Higher Education released its annual report Tuesday, which placed Crow at the top of its list of more than 150 college presidents.

On average, U.S. public colleges and universities saw earnings climb more than 5 percent last year.

The study comes as in-state students prepare to see tuition rise for the fifth straight year in a row.

In meetings with ASU student leadership, Crow has explained the hikes are necessary to off-set $260 million in legislative budget cuts to Arizona’s higher education over the past eight years.

Chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents Bill Ridenour said Crow has earned his pay raises by nearly doubling ASU’s graduation rate and dramatically boosting its research programs, which lend to the state’s overall economy. He said that figure includes a one-time retention bonus, so the report’s figures are a little misleading.

“In that Dr. Crow’s total compensation includes several hundred thousand dollars for an endowed chair in his name and another $550,000 again from the foundation, which is
private funds," he said.

Ridenour said Crow’s actual salary is closer to the national average, under $1 million.

Dan Bauman, a reporter for the Chronicle, along with Brian O’Leary, looked at data on more than 1,200 chief executives at more than 600 private colleges from 2008-2014 and nearly 250 public universities and systems from 2010-2016. And, Bauman joins us now.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.