Reports: Alexander Cartwright to be named next MU chancellor

May 23, 2017

Cartwright in 2014. Photo courtesy of State Univ. of New York.

A campus leader at the State University of New York is expected to be named as the next chancellor at MU, according to reports from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

According to the report, Alexander Cartwright, a provost and executive vice chancellor at SUNY is expected to be named the next chancellor.

Provost Garnett Stokes was named interim chancellor earlier this month. Hank Foley, who had been serving in the role since November 2015, announced in March that he was leaving to become president of the New York Institute of Technology.

The Board of Curators was scheduled to have a special meeting by teleconference Tuesday afternoon.

Cartwright has been provost of the 64-campus State University of New York system since September 2014, according to his profile on SUNY's website. At SUNY, he built the university's agenda around "the overarching areas of: student success and completion; diversity, equity and inclusion; and, through research growth in emerging areas, increasing SUNY’s impact on state and global challenges," the profile says.

Cartwright also is credited with introducing "a sweeping diversity, equity and inclusion policy which applies to all campuses and SUNY's System Administration."

Cartwright was acting president of the Research Foundation for SUNY from January 2015 to January 2016, a role in which he helped manage more than $1 billion in sponsored research activity, according to his profile. He has a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Iowa.

The UM Board of Curators was scheduled to have a special meeting by teleconference Tuesday afternoon, and an announcement on the selection of a chancellor was expected Wednesday.

Cartwright was a finalist for chancellor at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in November, according to a Nov. 7 news release on the school's website.

A spokeswoman for the SUNY system declined to comment on Tuesday morning.

This article is published as part of a collaboration with the Columbia Missourian, a sister outlet through the Missouri School of Journalism.