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Alexander N. Cartwright, Ph.D.


University of Missouri

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Since joining the University of Missouri in August 2017, Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright has led the university through strategic enrollment and research growth, as well as the successful completion of the university’s $1.3 billion fundraising campaign. He has continuously advocated for student success initiatives, pushed for a more equitable and diverse environment where every voice is heard, and increased efforts to improve engagement with Missourians and beyond.

During 2018, Dr. Cartwright led MU in developing a blueprint for the next five years — the “Flagship of the Future.” This strategic plan lays groundwork for innovation and growth at Missouri’s flagship, land grant university.

As a first‐generation college student whose journey to higher education was not traditional, Dr. Cartwright understands and prioritizes the need to build successful outcomes for students from all backgrounds. Among his proudest accomplishments from his time at MU is the launch of the Missouri Land Grant program, a commitment to helping students who are Pell Grant eligible by covering their tuition and fees. He has since launched programs designed to improve retention and graduation rates as well as post‐graduation outcomes.

As part of the strategic planning process, MU has developed a roadmap for significantly increasing its more than $250+ million annual research expenditures, along with other key scholarship metrics, by creating faculty development and support programs. He continues to focus on economic development as an outcome of being a research university across the state – building on the current annual $3.9 billion economic impact MU has on Missouri.

During his first year on campus, MU experienced a record year for cash donations as the university’s endowment exceeded the $1 billion mark. Additionally, he helped the university surpass its $1.3 billion “Our Time to Lead” capital campaign, including the successful launch of an additional focus area for the campaign after he arrived that focuses on fundraising for student success efforts.

Dr. Cartwright came to MU from the State University of New York (SUNY) where he served as provost and executive vice chancellor from September 2014 to July 2017. At SUNY Dr. Cartwright oversaw a broad portfolio, including academic policy, enrollment management, and more.

Dr. Cartwright came to the role of SUNY’s provost from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York (UB), where he served on faculty since 1995. At UB, he held several senior administrative positions, including vice president for research and economic development and acting executive director of the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences. In these roles, he was responsible for campus/industry relations, research funding and compliance, and research support for UB and the Center.

An internationally recognized researcher and scholar in the area of optical sensors, he is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, SPIE, and the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Cartwright is a prior winner of both the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. In addition, he earned the 2002 SUNY Chancellor’s award for excellence in teaching.

A native of the Bahamas, Dr. Cartwright holds a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Iowa. He and his wife Melinda have two children, Andrew and Alyssa.

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