Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced today the appointment of Arizona State University President Michael Crow to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC).
The council, comprised of university presidents and academic leaders, provides advice to Johnson and senior Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leadership on matters related to homeland security and the academic community.
Since HSAAC’s formation in 2012, its members have issued more than 120 recommendations in the areas of academic research and faculty exchange, campus resilience, cybersecurity, international students, DHS academic programs and student and recent graduate recruitment.
Crow’s service on the HSAAC will draw on his distinguished career in academic research and public service, which he began in 1974 by joining the University Year for ACTION, an affiliate program of the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA).
Crow then received his doctorate in public administration and served in various leadership roles in higher education, including as executive vice provost of Columbia University. Crow is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Public Administration and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and U.S. Department of Commerce National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He also serves on the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board, which promotes understanding between the FBI and higher education on issues such as terrorism, counterintelligence and homeland security.
Since becoming ASU’s 16th president in 2002, Crow has grown the university’s robust international student presence and led to its ranking in the top ten best colleges and universities in America for international students. HSAAC executives have requested Crow’s guidance on improving the DHS’ international student processes and outreach efforts, and on how DHS can better explain regulatory interpretations and policies to the academic community while supporting emerging trends in international education.
Crow’s two-year appointment begins immediately. The full list of council members is available here.
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