MU names Alexander Cartwright as new chancellor

3 years 4 months 6 days ago Thursday, May 25 2017 May 25, 2017 Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:10:00 AM CDT May 25, 2017 in Top Stories
By: Joshua Kranzberg, KOMU 8 Executive Producer and James Packard, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - MU has found its new chancellor.

On Wednesday, UM System President Mun Choi introduced Alexander Cartwright as the new chancellor at MU.

The UM Board of Curators voted to approve Cartwright during a teleconference meeting on Tuesday.

"I'm honored and humbled at the same time to lead this institution," Cartwirght said at an introductory ceremony Wednesday afternoon.

Cartwright was previously a provost and executive vice chancellor at State University of New York since September 2014. His roles included driving academic policy, academic program planning, enrollment management and SUNY's research enterprises.

The announcement of Cartwright caps off the end of a tumultuous 18 months for Missouri leadership.

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and UM System President Tim Wolfe both resigned in November 2015, following campuswide protests over what some students felt was a lack of diversity and inclusion on the campus.

Hank Foley took over as interim chancellor, and Mike Middleton served as interim system president.

Foley left in May to become president of New York Institute of Technology, and was replaced by MU Provost Garnett Stokes.

Mun Choi was named UM System President in November 2016. Previously, he was provost for University of Connecticut, a position he held since 2012.

The racial tension that prompted a year and a half of leadership handoffs will dictate priorities for Cartwright, who largely focused on inclusion in his previous role.

"I am completely committed to inclusive excellence," he said. "I want to make sure that this institution provides the opportunity for everybody."

He said the university can take something away from the fall 2015 protests.

"Missouri showed what all great institutions show, and that is you learn from what happened," he said.

Cartwright will also have to deal with the school's strained budget. Recent cuts forced university leadership to reign in expenses and lay off employees. Just Tuesday, the UM Board of Curators voted to raise tuition, hoping to alleviate some of the financial burden.

"There's really going to be some tough decisions but the tough decisions are to ensure that Mizzou is sustainable," Cartwright said.

Cartwright's academic plan for MU includes focusing on "open educational resources."

"You can have online books, you can have online lectures, you can have all of these materials that, in fact, are peer reviewed" he said. "It's truly open in that anybody using it can also contribute."

Cartwright will take over as chancellor Aug. 1. Garnett Stokes will continue to serve as interim chancellor until he takes over.

Cartwright's salary will be $485,000 a year, along with a $15,000 car allowance and a $25,000-a-year longevity incentive, which would be paid to him after five years if he stays.

 

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
Columbia College launches a virtual tutoring program Columbia College is launching a virtual tutoring program on Thursday, October 1.... More >>
27 minutes ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 5:26:22 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
CLEVELAND (AP) — The first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden deteriorated into bitter taunts and... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 4:36:09 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia League of Women Voters and the Daniel Boone Regional Library will co-host an Election Forum webinar... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 3:52:00 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA, MO - Columbia College is launching a virtual tutoring program on Thursday, October 1. The program will serve students... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:35:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Battle football is preparing to face Moberly on Friday after their game against Smith-Cotton was canceled due to... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:40:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department has released a video of an armed robbery which took place at Passions Adult... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:27:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Show-Me Bowl games are moving to different locations this fall. In a press release sent on... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:50:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in Sports
CAMDEN COUNTY- The Camden County's Sheriff's Office is on the hunt for counterfeit bills and wants area residents and business... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:17:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- The Missouri Football team heads to Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday for its first road game of the season. ... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:58:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in Sports
COLUMBIA - A new law allows nursing home residents to install cameras in their rooms. House Bill 1387 lets... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:42:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- Disney is laying off 28,000 people in the United States as the coronavirus pandemic hammers its parks and... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:26:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
MISSOURI - Despite less people on the roads during COVID-19 pandemic, the number of serious and fatal car crashes remained... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 4:29:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone Hospital Center Board of Trustees and BJC HealthCare have agreed on a date for Boone Hospital... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 4:29:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri was recently given nearly $1.2 million to help MU researchers create an artificially intelligent... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 4:13:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The number of people hospitalized for the coronavirus has nearly tripled in areas outside of Missouri’s... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 3:46:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
MISSOURI - Watch parties for the Presidential debate will be held virtually this year in light of the ongoing pandemic... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 2:58:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
TIPTON- The Tipton School District released a letter Monday stating a student and a teacher within the district were diagnosed... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 2:53:00 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An audit has found that St. Louis police spent nearly $14 million on overtime while struggling... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, September 29 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 2:35:39 PM CDT September 29, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 56°
6am 53°
7am 52°
8am 54°
9am 60°