Dr. Carol Cartwright was president of Bowling Green State University from 2008– 2011. Her retirement in June of 2011 marked a 45-year career in higher education. From 1991–2006, Dr. Cartwright served as president of Kent State University, a role that earned her the distinction of the first female president of a state college or university in Ohio. Prior to her presidency at Kent State, Cartwright was vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of California at Davis, and dean for undergraduate programs and vice provost of The Pennsylvania State University. She served as a member of the Penn State faculty from 1967–1988, where she led a variety of research projects and authored numerous books, professional publications, and technical reports.
Dr. Cartwright continues to serve higher education as co-chair of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and as a member of the NCAA Committee on Infractions. She is a trustee of Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. The scope of her contributions to higher education led to Dr. Cartwright’s induction into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility.
Dr. Cartwright received her BA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and her MA and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.