Valley Leadership announces Man & Woman of the Year honorees

Valley Leadership has announced Dr. Michael Crow and Mrs. Elva Coor as the organization’s 67th Man and Woman of the Year.

The pair will be honored for their long-term contributions and commitment to the community at the Annual Man & Woman of the Year awards luncheon March 24, 2016.

Each year an outstanding Valley man and woman are selected based on their vision, innovation, measurable impact on the lives of others, and, their extraordinary service to the community.

Mr. Crow and Mrs. Coor join a prestigious list of past Man & Woman of the Year award recipients. U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater was honored as the inaugural Man of the Year and most recently Tommy Espinoza and Judy Shannon were recognized.

“On behalf of Valley Leadership and the board of directors, we are truly honored to celebrate the impact these two leaders have had on Arizona for decades,” said President and CEO Christy Moore.

Mr. Crow became the 16th president of Arizona State University on July 1, 2002. An academic leader, educator, and designer of knowledge enterprises, Mr. Crow has guided the transformation of ASU into one the nation’s leading centers of innovation.

As a scholar of science and technology policy, he has been an adviser to the U.S. departments of state, commerce, and energy and several defense agencies. Through the New American University model that he envisioned, ASU has developed innovative solutions and pursued strategic partnerships that have enabled the institution to increase access to a quality higher education.

The success of that model has helped to elevate the dialogue around education at home in Arizona, across the country, and around the world.

Mrs. Coor is a founder of O’Connor House and a volunteer leader in the community. In addition to helping save the historic adobe home of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, an effort that began in 2006, Mrs. Coor helped foster civics education for middle school students, and established SpeakOut Arizona, to engage citizens in community action, empowering them to form healthier communities.

The newest inductees will be formally recognized at a luncheon on March 24 at the Arizona Biltmore.

For more information or to purchase seats or sponsorships, call the Valley Leadership office at 602-952-6760 or visit


Click here to watch the video of the announcement.


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