UT earns Cartwright Award for excellence in academics, athletics, citizenship


CLEVELAND --- The Mid-American Conference announced today the presentation of the Cartwright Award to the University of Toledo for its program excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship during the 2011-12 school year. The Cartwright Award will be presented to Toledo this Saturday during the Rockets home football contest against Coastal Carolina at the Glass Bowl.

"Everyone associated with the MAC is proud of the many student-athletes that compete in all of our universities and each of our 23 championship sports," said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, commissioner of the MAC. "MAC member institutions value excellence in the classroom, on the field of competition and in society. I commend the University of Toledo for this recognition by its peers. This is indeed a high honor."

The Cartwright Award is an institutional award presented annually to one university in the MAC. A committee with representation from all 12 institutions selected the Cartwright Award winner from nominations submitted based upon the criteria of excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship. The award began in 2008-09. This is the first time UT has received the honor.

"I can't imagine better ambassadors for The University of Toledo than our student athletes whose excellence on the playing field is matched only by their efforts in the classroom and in the community," said University of Toledo President Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, praising the important leadership role Dr. Cartwright provided to the MAC during her tenure. "Congratulations to Athletic Director, Mike O'Brien, Toledo coaches, staff, and most importantly to our students."

The Cartwright Award is named in honor of Dr. Carol A. Cartwright, one of the most highly respected voices in higher education. Dr. Cartwright served as the President of Kent State University from 1991-2006 and President of Bowling Green from 2008-2011. Dr. Cartwright previously was the vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of California at Davis and dean for undergraduate programs and vice provost at The Pennsylvania State University. She has served on the NCAA Board of Directors and is a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.