Cartwrights donate $50,000 to BGSU

BOWLING GREEN, O.–Bowling Green State University President Dr. Carol Cartwright and her husband, Dr. G. Phillip Cartwright, have made a $50,000 contribution to the University.

According to Tom Hiles, vice president for University Advancement and president of the BGSU Foundation Inc., the Cartwrights’ gift has been designated to equally support the Wolfe Center for the Arts and the University’s “Bring Back the Glory Campaign.”

“We’re deeply committed to the University and its mission and wanted to contribute to its success,” Carol Cartwright said. She added that the hardest part of the decision was deciding how to designate their gift. “In the end, our passion for the arts and assisting our students won out.”

Launched in October 2008, the Bring Back the Glory campaign will raise $5 million to endow scholarships for the BGSU hockey program and enhance the Ice Arena. The Cartwrights’ gift will be used to support scholarships. In May, the University announced that the campaign had reached the $2 million mark.

Hiles said the Cartwrights’ gift demonstrates the depth of the University’s commitment to ensuring the future of hockey at BGSU. “Under Dr. Cartwright’s leadership, the University made hockey a priority and launched this campaign. Their gift illustrates that their support is personal as well.”

BGSU’s new Wolfe Center for the Arts, which is now under construction, will be a place for students and faculty to learn, work and collaborate on theatrical, dance, musical, film and digital arts productions. Designed by the international architectural firm Snøhetta, based in Oslo, Norway, the building will be completed in 2011.

“We appreciate the Cartwrights’ generosity and support,” said Dr. Ronald Shields, professor and chair of the Department of Theater and Film. “The Wolfe Center will help BGSU build upon its leadership in the arts.”

Dr. Carol Cartwright is BGSU’s 10th president and the first woman to lead the University. She was named the president of BGSU Jan. 6, 2009, after serving as interim president since July 2008. She was president of Kent State University from 1991 to 2006.

Dr. G. Phillip Cartwright retired in 2002 after a career as a faculty member and information technology administrator at universities in Pennsylvania, California and Ohio.  He is also an accomplished jazz musician and continues to perform regularly with several bands at venues throughout northern Ohio.

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(Posted November 04, 2010 )