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Kansas native, national nonprofit expert named to KU's top external affairs post

LAWRENCE -- University of Kansas Chancellor Robert Hemenway today announced the appointment of Paul Carttar, former chief operating officer of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, as executive vice chancellor for external affairs, effective Oct. 4.

Carttar will lead KU's public relations, communications, marketing and government relations efforts and coordinate the development and communication of planning priorities and initiatives spanning all campuses of the university. He will be the university's senior officer overseeing relationships with external constituencies and for coordination with the Athletics Corporation, the Alumni Association and the Endowment Association.

Carttar reports to Hemenway and succeeds Janet Murguia, who left in March for the top post at the National Council of La Raza in Washington, D.C.

"Paul is a KU graduate with stellar management and planning skills," said Hemenway. "He has a national reputation as a strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial vision, honed by extensive experience in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

"Paul has the capacity to lead our external affairs efforts in a dynamic environment and to reaffirm that KU's value grows from the success of our faculty and staff in teaching, research and service."

Carttar's national reputation stems from his role as co-founder in 1999 of the Bridgespan Group, a Boston-based management consulting firm specializing in nonprofit strategic planning that has been heralded by the New York Times and business media for its innovative ideas for nonprofit organizations.

"I am honored to be returning to KU in this role," Carttar said. "With our integrated marketing effort and a stronger effort in state relations, as well as KU's growing involvement in the research and life sciences arena, I think KU is well-positioned to have a major impact on the region and its economy during the next decade.

"All of us at KU can help make that happen by relentlessly focusing on delivering real value to the parents, students, taxpayers and others who rely upon us, effectively telling KU's story to key audiences and earning their support for our students, faculty and programs."

Carttar's reputation in strategic planning and nonprofit management has made him a sought-after speaker at universities such as Harvard and Northwestern as well as at conferences nationwide. His recent publications include "Zeroing in on Impact" in the fall 2004 Stanford University Social Innovation Review.

Carttar grew up in Lawrence and graduated with highest distinction from KU in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in economics and English. He was a Summerfield Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He attended Cornell University School of Law in 1976 and earned a master's in business administration at Stanford University in 1983.

Carttar's professional career began in 1977 as assistant economist and budget analyst for the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget. In 1978 he became a research assistant to Arthur Burns, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. In 1982 Carttar was selected by Burns, then U.S. ambassador to West Germany, to serve in Bonn as his special assistant, responsible for monitoring and assessing U.S. economic and political developments, speechwriting and other functions.

Carttar returned to the United States to join Bain & Co. Inc., a worldwide management consulting firm in San Francisco, from 1983 to 1990. For the next nine years, he served in various marketing, planning and general management capacities with companies in the healthcare industry, including a publicly held manufacturer of contact lenses and two venture capital-funded companies engaged in the diagnostic equipment and physician services segments. In 2003, Carttar moved back to the greater Kansas City area as chief operating officer for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Mo.

Offices reporting to the executive vice chancellor for external affairs include university relations, trademark licensing, marketing and governmental relations, as well as Kansas Public Radio, the Kansas Audio-Reader Network, visitor services and special events. The external affairs office Carttar will head was formerly named university relations.

Hemenway was assisted in the search by David Shulenburger, provost and executive vice chancellor for the Lawrence campus; Don Hagen, executive vice chancellor, and Barbara Atkinson, executive dean of the School of Medicine, from the KU Medical Center campus; Kim Wilcox, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Jerry Bailey, associate professor of teaching and leadership.


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