COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri System is set to the rent of the provost and the executive vice-chancellor at the State University of New York at her flagship campus in Columbia, two years after the last chancellor resigned amid protests over racial concerns on campus.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that multiple sources confirmed that Alexander Cartwright will be the next leader of the campus of Columbia. The Board of Curators for the four-campus University of Missouri system is expected to finalise Cartwright is the hiring Tuesday. Plans to officially introduce to the campus Wednesday afternoon after a national search for a replacement for R. Bowen Loftin.
Under Cartwright tasks in his role at SUNY’s 64-campus system is the monitoring of policies relating to diversity and inclusion.
University system spokesman John Fougere said in an e-mail that while an announcement is expected “soon” and the system is “the preservation of our policy to protect the confidentiality of any candidates.” A spokeswoman for SUNY declined to comment, and a spokesman for the Columbia campus not immediately respond to telephone messages from The Associated Press.
Loftin and system President Tim Wolfe resigned in the autumn of 2015, amid protests about the administration of the treatment of racial issues, for which a student hunger strike and a threatened boycott by the football team.
The enrollment and revenue have dropped since the protests, with campus plan to not open seven residence halls in the fall. Provisional figures show the first class could be about 4,000 students, down from 6,000 in the fall of 2015.
Cartwright, who currently lives in Albany with his wife and two children, take the responsibility for the handling of the university’s ongoing public perception problem. While the protests were one factor that contributes to Loftin’s departure in particular, he also had a strained relationship with the university leaders, including Wolfe. Days before he entered the academic department took a vote of confidence in him. Nine of the 13 campus deans also issued a letter calling for his resignation.