The provost and executive vice chancellor at the State University of New York has been picked as the next chancellor for the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The newspaper said University of Missouri System spokesman John Fougere declined to confirm that Alexander Cartwright has been hired for the job of taking over a campus still reeling from racial protests in 2015 that triggered the ousting of the last head of the Columbia campus and the previous UM System president.
“While we expect an announcement soon, we are maintaining our policy of confidentiality of any possible candidates,” the spokesman said in an email to the Post-Dispatch.
SUNY’s website says that Cartwright has been in his current role since 2014, where he has oversight responsibilities for the 64-campus system, driving “academic policy and oversee(ing) a broad portfolio including: access and inclusion; academic program planning and assessment; enrollment management; student success; global affairs; information technology; and, SUNY’s broad research enterprise.”
Notably, given the racial acrimony at Columbia that nearly canceled a Tiger football game against Brigham Young University in 2015, the SUNY site said he introduced “a sweeping diversity, equity and inclusion policy” at that state university.
Cartwright is a native of the Bahamas. He holds a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Iowa.
He taught at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, beginning in 1995. He later became vice president for research and economic development and acting executive director of the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences.
Buffalo, like MU, is a member of the Association of American Universities, comprised of 62 research institutions in the U.S. and Canada.
Just six months ago, Cartwright was named as one of three finalist for the chancellorship at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.