MU Chancellor Cartwright Interviews to Lead University of Central Florida | KBIA

MU Chancellor Cartwright Interviews to Lead University of Central Florida

Mar 18, 2020

University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander Cartwright delivers a speech at his May 2017 introduction.
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MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright was interviewed by the University of Central Florida on Wednesday in the search for its next president.

Cartwright, not previously named as a candidate by the university, was revealed as part of the search Wednesday morning and was one of three candidates interviewed by UCF's committee.

Cartwright joins two other candidates — Cato Laurencin, professor and former dean of the University of Connecticut's School of Medicine, and David Brenner, vice chancellor for health sciences at the University of California, San Diego, according to NSM Today, UCF's student publication.

Members of the committee had previously courted him for the role, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

If hired, Cartwright would lead is one of the largest universities in the country, with more than 69,000 students, more than 13,500 employees and an operating budget of $1.8 billion, according to the university’s website.

Cartwright was hired as MU chancellor in May 2017 and began his stint in August 2017. He entered MU at an uncertain time, when the university's 2018 budget was poised to be cut and freshmen enrollment had declined.

For more on this story, you can read the rest of the article on the Columbia Missourian's website.