March 15, 2005
Arizona State University President Michael Crow has joined the Council on Foreign Relations, the nation’s top think tank on foreign policy.
Crow was appointed last week by council president Richard Haass, who previously served as the U.S. State Department’s director of policy planning and the U.S. policy coordinator for Afghanistan.
Crow said Monday it is important for as many Arizonans as possible to be on the council. He was recommended for the position by at least five council members, he said.
This is a "good shot to engage in foreign policy discussion for the U.S.," he said.
The council is based in New York with an office in Washington D.C.
Crow’s yearly membership dues of $350 will be paid by the ASU Foundation, the university’s fund-raising arm, said Sarah Auffret, an ASU spokeswoman.
Crow’s position is unpaid and his appointment is for five years, Auffret said.
The council includes a host of influential policy-makers, including former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Harvard economics professor Martin Feldstein, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Boeing Co. senior vice president Thomas Pickering, and Wall Street Journal publisher Karen House.
Crow became president of ASU in June 2002 after serving as Columbia University’s executive vice provost.