A highly respected voice in higher education, Carol Cartwright’s career has been distinguished by innovative teaching, pioneering research, and national leadership. She works with both public and independent colleges and universities on governance, strategic planning and board and presidential assessments.
Carwright 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, 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.
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 Cartwright's induction into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility.
Cartwright received distinguished alumni awards from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she earned her bachelor’s degree, and from the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned master's and Ph.D. degrees.