Cartwright finalist for Arizona post

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Cartwright could not be reached for comment on Saturday, but a statement

issued on her behalf by the KSU university communications office was vague

about her intentions.

``With regard to this interest by the University of Arizona, I want to underscore

that no decisions have been made on my part or theirs,'' she said in the

statement. ``At this point in our discussions, I view this as an exploratory

process that is really a tribute to Kent from a high-profile Research I

Institution that seems to share my enthusiasm for our successes and the

bold directions we are taking at Kent.''

Cartwright, who was the first woman to be named president of a public university

in Ohio, has been at the helm at KSU since 1991. In September, she signed

a five-year, $166,000 contract in which she agreed not to search for another

job.

Ronald A. Pizzuti, chairman of the KSU Board of Trustees, said in a statement

issued Saturday that despite Cartwright's contract and her agreement not

to look for another job, he was not surprised to learn of the University

of Arizona's interest in Cartwright.

``While we were delighted that Dr. Cartwright agreed not to pursue other

opportunities when she signed our long-term agreement last fall, we would

be naive to think that other universities would suddenly begin to stop pursuing

someone of her extraordinary talents,'' he said. ``We must understand that

occasionally an opportunity is so important that it must be explored.''

Pizzuti added that the board intends to support Cartwright no matter what

her decision.

In March, Cartwright celebrated her sixth anniversary at KSU, coming to

the college from the University of California at Davis, where she served

as vice chancellor.

``Starting my seventh year sends a message of continuity. Institutions are

able to change if there is good, long, stable leadership,'' she said in

a March 23 Record-Courier article. ``I knew when I came here that it was

a long-term proposition ... and I feel it has been a good fit, a good match.''

In 1995, Cartwright was rumored to be up for president positions at several

colleges, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urbana,

Ill., Pennsylvania State University and the University of Washington in

Seattle.

Lehigh University President Peter Likins and University of Pennsylvania

Provost Stanley Chodorow are also being considered for the University of

Arizona job and are also scheduled to be interview next week.

The 22-member search committee narrowed its list of applicants to three

after considering more than 100 resumes since mid-February. University of

Arizona President Manuel Pacheco steps down Aug. 1, when he takes over as

president of the four-campus University of Missouri system. His annual salary

was $159,694.

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