Dr. Carol A. Cartwright to Retire from FirstEnergy Board of Directors

Mar 19, 2014, 11:30 ET from FirstEnergy Corp.

AKRON, Ohio, March 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) today announced that Dr. Carol A. Cartwright will retire from the company's Board of Directors, effective May 20, 2014, following 22 years of service.

Cartwright joined the Ohio Edison Board of Directors in 1992.  She was then named a board member of FirstEnergy Corp. when it was formed in 1997 following the merger of Ohio Edison and Centerior Energy Corp.  During her tenure as a board member, FirstEnergy successfully completed mergers with GPU, Inc., in 2001, and Allegheny Energy Inc., in 2011. 

"We have greatly valued Dr. Cartwright's leadership and dedication to FirstEnergy, as the company has grown into one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems," said George M. Smart, chairman of FirstEnergy's Board of Directors.  "Her loyalty and counsel will be missed, particularly in the area of corporate governance, where she served as committee chair for 15 years."  

Cartwright retired in 2011 as president of Bowling Green State University after nearly three years with the university.  She also served a 15-year tenure as the president of Kent State University.  In addition to a 45-year career in public higher education, Cartwright has held prominent leadership roles in numerous national education organizations.  She currently serves on the board of directors for PolyOne Corporation and is a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.  She is also a trustee of Heidelberg University.

Among other honors, Cartwright was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility.  She received distinguished alumni awards from the University of Wisconsin --Whitewater and the University of Pittsburgh.  Other honors include the Clairol Mentor Award in Education, the northeast Ohio ATHENA Award, the March of Dimes Franklin Delano Roosevelt Humanitarian Award for Excellence, and the ACE Mentor of the Year Award.

Cartwright earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater, and earned masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.

With Cartwright's retirement, FirstEnergy's Board will have 14 members. 

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence.  Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York.  Its generation subsidiaries currently control nearly 18,000 megawatts of capacity from a diversified mix of scrubbed coal, non-emitting nuclear, natural gas, hydro and other renewables.  Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp

Editor's Note:  Dr. Cartwright's photo is available on Flickr at www.flickr.com/firstenergycorp.

SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.