Thomas Bartlett, received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University and an M.A. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. From 1956 to 1963 he served as a member of the U.S Permanent Mission to the United Nations. In 1963 he was elected President of the American University in Cairo, where he server for six years. He subsequently served as President of Colgate University, President of the Association of American Universities, Chancellor of the University of Alabama System, Chancellor of the Oregon University System, and Chancellor of the Statue University of New York. During 2002-2003 he returned to AUC as Interim President following the death of President John Gerhart.