|Cartwright helped 'bring back the glory' to BGSU|
|Written by Editor, David C. Miller/Sentinel-Tribune|
|Wednesday, 22 June 2011 09:48|
From the start, she was visible and accessible on campus and in the community - two leadership trademarks that had been sorely missing in recent BGSU presidents.
Cartwright graciously opened the University House to the community, hosting numerous fund-raising events to benefit community organizations.
She would quietly show up at many community activities. Her husband, Dr. Phillip Cartwright, also became a familiar sight while playing his banjo at University House and community events, including perform- ing with the community band.
Cartwright quickly proved she wasn't afraid to make the tough calls - decisions that had to be made in a budget climate born out of a recession. Pressure to hold tuition and fee increases to the minimum only compounded the budget-cutting dilemma.
Her one big disappointment came when the faculty voted in favor of unionizing, but the fate of that vote had been determined long before she ever stepped foot on campus in 2008.
Saving the Falcon hockey program was one of her most popular decisions with students as well as alumni. She once faced off with many of the stars of the Falcon hockey glory years who were not happy about the rumored demise of their program. She listened to their concerns, and she challenged them to be part of the fund-raising solution. It was a pivotal meeting in helping her decide to keep the program alive.
Later, when the "Bring Back the Glory" fund-raising campaign was just beginning, the university quickly invested in rehabilitating the aging ice arena - one of countless campus buildings that had been suffering from years of neglect before her arrival. As Cartwright leaves the university, many of its buildings are either being repaired or scheduled for repair as part of an impressive new master plan. Within a couple months of when she departs two new residence halls will open, along with the Stroh Center and the Wolfe Center for the Arts.
After years of standing stagnant in terms of new construction, the campus has come alive during the most aggressive building campaign in the university's history. And while she might not have initiated either the Stroh or Wolfe facilities, she actively led the campaign to convince students to vote for spending their fees on the Stroh Center, allowing construction to begin.
Students eagerly signed up for premium-priced rooms in the yet-to-be-completed residence halls - facilities that finally make BGSU student housing competitive with other universities.
Cartwright had the distinction of serving as president during BGSU's centennial celebration last year. Her brief tenure here positioned the university well for the start of its second hundred years.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2011 10:01|
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