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Thomas Alva Bartlett (born August 20, 1930) is an American educator who is most notable for having served as President of several universities and university systems.

Bartlett was born in Salem, Oregon and graduated from Salem High School in 1947.[1] He attended Willamette University for two years, where he joined Beta Theta Pi fraternity, before transferring to Stanford University, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society. After graduating in 1951 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science, he attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, earning a master's degree. In 1959 he was awarded a Ph.D. degree from Stanford University. While still in graduate school, he was recruited to join the United States Permanent Mission to the United Nations to work on Arab-Israeli relations. From, there, he became the President of the American University in Cairo.

In the 1970s and 1980s, he assumed the Presidency of Colgate University and the Chancellorships of the University of Alabama System and the Oregon State System of Higher Education.[2] He also served as President of the Association of American Universities. He was called out of a brief retirement to head the State University of New York System in 1994, but conflicts with George Pataki appointees[3] on the University's Board of Trustees led to his resignation after just 17 months on the job.[4]

After SUNY, he became Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the United States-Japan Foundation, leaving after seven years to re-assume the Presidency of the American University in Cairo on an interim basis.

The Thomas A. Bartlett Chair of English at Colgate University is named after him. [5]

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Raymond F. McLain
President of the American University in Cairo
1963 – 1969
Succeeded by
Christopher Thoron
Preceded by
Vincent M. Barnett, Jr.
President of Colgate University
1969 – 1977
Succeeded by
George D. Langdon, Jr.
Preceded by
New office
President of the Association of American Universities
1977 – 1982
Succeeded by
Robert M. Rosenzweig
Preceded by
Joseph F. Volker
Chancellor of the University of Alabama System
1982 – 1987
Succeeded by
Philip E. Austin
Preceded by
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Chancellor of the Oregon University System
1987 – July, 1994
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Joseph C. Burke (acting)
Chancellor of the State University of New York
December 1, 1994 – June 30, 1996
Succeeded by
John W. Ryan
Preceded by
John D. Gerhart
Interim President of the American University in Cairo
2002 – 2003
Succeeded by
David D. Arnold
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
William D. Eberle
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the United States-Japan Foundation
1994 – 2002
Succeeded by
Thomas A. Johnson
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