Gregory Crawford Edit


Level of Description


  • 2016 – (Creation)



  • Physical Location

    Miami University Archives, King Library, 3rd Floor, Walter Havighurst Special Collections, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

  • Biographical / Historical

    Gregory P. Crawford is the 22 nd president of Miami University. A native of Elyria, Ohio, he and his wife, Dr. Renate Crawford, came to Miami in July 2016. Since his arrival at Miami, President Crawford has emphasized diversity and inclusion, engagement with students, and collaboration and interdisciplinary study across all of Miami’s campuses and colleges.

    President Crawford is a member of the Board of Directors at Cintrifuse, the incubator and accelerator dedicated to creating a stronger technology presence in Greater Cincinnati. He is active in the Inter-University Council of Ohio (IUC), the association representing Ohio’s 14 public universities. He has actively engaged federal, state and local policymakers and stakeholders to advance higher education in Ohio and beyond.

    Before joining the Miami community, President Crawford was vice president and associate provost at the University of Notre Dame. He joined Notre Dame's faculty in 2008, serving as the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science. He previously served as the dean of engineering at Brown University, where he had joined the physics and engineering faculty in 1996.

    President Crawford earned bachelor's (mathematics and physics), master's (physics), and doctorate (chemical physics) degrees from Kent State University. He completed two postdoctoral fellowships and was a researcher at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center before joining the faculty at Brown. His work includes more than 400 research and education publications, review articles and book chapters, and 21 U.S. patents and patent applications.

    President Crawford met his wife Renate while both were in the Ph.D. program in Physics at Kent State University. Renate Crawford, Miami’s university ambassador and an adjunct professor of physics, is the author of numerous scholarly publications about Confined Liquid Crystals – and her sister is a “Miami Merger.” Greg and Renate are the proud parents of two daughters. Both girls have been actively involved in the Crawfords' fundraising efforts for Niemann-Pick Type C disease and breast cancer, and are excited to be part of the Miami family.

    Awards Crawford is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching, research, and philanthropy, including the following:

    2015 Guardian Angels Award Awarded by Dana's Angels Research Trust (DART), Greenwich, CT Presented for commitment to raise money and awareness for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease 2013 Ernestine M. Raclin Award Awarded by 1st Source Bank, South Bend, IN Presented for community leadership 2011 Rev. William A. Toohey, C.S.C., Award Awarded by the University of Notre Dame Presented for emphasizing social justice in an exemplary way 2006 State of Rhode Island Citation Citation by Lt. Gov. C.J. Fogarty, Providence, RI Recognized for research on anemia in developing countries 1999 Teaching Excellence Award Presented by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Brown University Chapter 1999 National Science Foundation Career Award National Science Foundation

    An accomplished innovator, Dr. Crawford is credited with 21 patents. The following four are pending application:

    "Tissue Sensor and uses thereof," F. Benesch, V. Barbata, R. Valentini, H. Vandenburgh, and G. P. Crawford (pending application 20060105357) "Hemoglobin Determination Using Optical Spectroscopy," G. P. Crawford and G. D. Jay, (pending application 20070123762) "Active Cutaneous Technology," G. P. Crawford and G. D. Jay (pending application 20090029331) "Active Sunscreen Composition," G. D. Jay and G. P. Crawford (pending application 20100021400)