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The University at Buffalo’s vice president for research and economic development is heading to Albany to become the new provost and executive vice chancellor of the State University of New York.

SUNY trustees Thursday approved the appointment of Alexander N. Cartwright to the second-highest post in the system.

He will begin Sept. 18 and make $350,000 in annual salary.

Cartwright, 49, has been at UB since 1995, when he was appointed assistant professor of electrical engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He was promoted to associate professor in 2000 and full professor in 2005. He was named vice president for research and economic development in 2011 and earned $275,000 in that post in 2013, according to See-Through NY.

As provost, he will be SUNY’s chief academic officer, responsible for working with the system’s 64 colleges and universities in a broad range of areas, including academic program review, data collection, student mobility and implementation of technology.

“Alex has been an outstanding steward of the University at Buffalo’s research and economic-development portfolio in recent years and has a long history of leadership with the university as it developed and began to implement UB 2020,” said H. Carl McCall, SUNY board chairman.

“We are highly confident that Alex’s tenure as SUNY provost will benefit our students, faculty and staff across New York State.”

UB President Satish K. Tripathi credited Cartwright with lifting the university’s research enterprise to new heights of excellence and with more closely integrating its research mission into its undergraduate program.

“At the same time, Alex has built valuable linkages with the university’s partners in science, business, government and industry, as well as across the global scholarly community,” Trapathi said.

Tripathi said UB anticipates naming an interim vice president for research and economic development by the end of August.

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