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ASU denies report that President Michael Crow is up for California job

Arizona State University President Michael Crow speaks during commencement at Sun Devil Stadium in 2016. (Arizona State University Photo)

PHOENIX – Arizona State University is denying a news report that says President Michael Crow is a finalist for the University of California system’s top job.

“He’s not a candidate and he’s committed to ASU and Arizona,” Katie Paquet, ASU spokeswoman, told KTAR News 92.3 FM in an email Thursday.

The Mercury News, a Bay Area newspaper, cited an unnamed source as saying Crow was “a leading candidate” to replace Janet Napolitano as president of the UC public university system.

Napolitano, who is stepping down this summer, is the former governor of Arizona and served as Homeland Security secretary under President Barack Obama.

It’s expected that the UC Board of Regents, which governs the system’s 10 universities, will name Napolitano’s replacement this spring, according to the Mercury News.

Crow became ASU’s 16th president in 2002.

The Tempe-based institution has been named the country’s most innovative college by U.S. News & World Report each of the past five years.

According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, Crow’s compensation package at ASU exceeded $1.1 million in 2018, including $686,538 in base pay.

The same website lists Napolitano’s compensation at $627,000, including $570,000 in base pay.

The University of California system consists of campuses in Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz.

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