Chancellor-Elect Carter is 62 and an Atlanta native. He is the provost and senior vice chancellor for Western Carolina University (WCU), a post he has held since 2004.
Dr. Carter’s tenure in Pembroke will begin on July 1.
In Chancellor-Elect Carter, UNCP is getting a 35-year veteran of higher education. He has experience in North Carolina, the UNC system and with regional universities that are set in rural communities.
After earning a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in educational psychology, Dr. Carter began his career on the faculty of Valdosta State College. In 22 years at Northern Colorado University, he earned faculty tenure, the rank of full professor, and ended his career there as Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School.
Before coming to North Carolina as Western Carolina’s first provost, he served the University of Central Missouri as provost and vice president for academic affairs.
He travelled to Pembroke for meetings with key leaders, a community-wide reception, a press conference and dinner with executive staff after the announcement.
After thanking the Board of Governors, Dr. Carter said it was “a great day in my life and the life of my family. I am absolutely thrilled by this appointment.
“UNC Pembroke is an institution with a rich history,” Dr. Carter said. “For more than 123 years, the University has served a very diverse citizenry.
“I will invite the entire Pembroke community to help chart the future course of the University,” he said. “I pledge to honor and preserve the core values of the past.”