Cartwrightstaying at KSU helm

By Julie Pavelich Record-Courier staff writer Published:

Cartwright, Likins and Stanley Chodorow, provost at the University of Pennsylvania,

interviewed at the Tucson, Ariz. campus last week. Their names were then

forwarded by a search committee to the Arizona Board of Regents for consideration.

According to published reports in today's issues of the Arizona Daily Star

and The Arizona Republic, Likins' experience and his strong ties with the

business community made him the regents' favorite candidate.

The regents are expected to announce their choice for the presidency by

Wednesday.

In an interview today, Cartwright said she told Arizona U officials Monday

she was withdrawing from consideration because leading KSU is more important

to her.

"I have been giving this a lot of thought ... and have come to understand

that my work is not finished at Kent State," Cartwright said. "I

talked with them yesterday...and said, `I wish you well but my priority

is here at Kent State.'

"While the continued success of our strong and resilient institution

does not rest on one person, it became increasingly clear as I articulated

my enthusiasm for Kent State, that in reality, I was reaffirming why I felt

so central to the Kent team," she said. "I want to remain actively

involved as we continue to build our strengths, spirit and momentum."

Cartwright, KSU's president since 1991, had signed a five-year contract

last September, but decided to accept Arizona U's offer to interview because

she wanted to see if the Tucson campus would be right for her, she said

last week.

Upon her return to KSU Thursday, she said the position appeared to be a

good match in terms of the leadership she could provide, however there were

other issues she needed to think more about.

In a letter sent today to KSU's deans, directors and chairmen, Cartwright

said she decided to stay because of the attitude of teamwork, as well as

more personal reasons.

"In our mutual quest for student success, some of you know there is

one Kent student, my own daughter, who is experiencing Kent quality first-hand,"

Cartwright said in her letter. "I am thrilled to know that I will be

conferring her degree next year."

While the KSU Board of Trustees supported Cartwright in her decision to

explore Arizona U, Chairman Ronald Pizzuti said members were pleased to

hear she would be staying.

"Upon learning that she has withdrawn from Arizona's search, I can

tell you that there was a unanimous response of exhilaration from the board,"

he said. "We also were amused with the president's typical back-to-business

response, filled with enthusiasm about welcoming new students and faculty

next fall."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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