Alexander Cartwright confirmed as new UCF president via teleconference

click to enlarge Alexander Cartwright confirmed as new UCF president via teleconference
Screenshot of UCF livestream via Nicholson School of Communications
The state university system’s Board of Governors on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Alexander Cartwright as the new president of the University of Central Florida.

Cartwright, who has served as chancellor of the University of Missouri since 2017, was tapped by the UCF Board of Trustees last week, ending a six-month search process. The state board unanimously confirmed the appointment during a meeting that was held by teleconference because of coronavirus precautions.

“Trust me, normally there would be a standing ovation and a very, very warm welcome,” Board of Governors Chairman Syd Kitson told Cartwright after the vote over the phone.

During his confirmation hearing, Cartwright spoke about the need to build trust within the university community and be a “good steward of taxpayer money,” as well as his goal of “making UCF the best version of UCF.”

Cartwright will take the reins more than a year after the resignation of former President Dale Whittaker amid controversy about the misuse of state funds for building projects. Cartwright will replace interim President Thad Seymour Jr., who has been in the interim post since early last year.

_
Please follow CDC guidelines and Orange County advisories to stay safe, and please support this free publication. Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to bring you news on how coronavirus is affecting Central Florida. Please consider making a one-time or monthly donation. Every little bit helps.

WE LOVE OUR READERS!

Since 1990, Orlando Weekly has served as the free, independent voice of Orlando, and we want to keep it that way.

Becoming an Orlando Weekly Supporter for as little as $5 a month allows us to continue offering readers access to our coverage of local news, food, nightlife, events, and culture with no paywalls.

Join today because you love us, too.

Scroll to read more Orlando Area News articles

Join Orlando Weekly Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.