Dr. Kyle R. Carter was named UNC Pembroke's fifth chancellor in 2010. An Atlanta native, Dr. Carter has more than 35 years of university administrative and teaching experience. He spent 20 years in administrative posts, including Graduate Dean and Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Northern Colorado; Provost at the University of Central Missouri; and Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor at Western Carolina University. At Western Carolina, he was responsible for budgets exceeding $70 million and managed enrollment management and information technology. He has launched numerous undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs at the three universities. He is credited with revamping strategic planning at both Central Missouri and Western Carolina. Those initiatives were characterized by openness, transparency, and engagement of key stakeholders. He led the redesign of the Western's Coulter Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, which Campus Technology magazine named as one of 11 Innovator Award winners.
Dr. Carter earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mercer University (1970) with a minor in Biology; a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia (1971); and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia (1974). He served as a full-time faculty member for more than 13 years before moving into administration. His first faculty appointment was at Valdosta State University prior to moving to the University of Northern Colorado where he achieved tenure and the rank of full professor. He has published numerous publications and given presentations on a variety of topics including cognitive development of gifted and talented children, program evaluation, and transitioning the comprehensive university.
As a fundraiser, Dr. Carter served on Northern Colorado's Foundation Board of Directors from 1994 – 1998 and, more recently, as a member of Western Carolina's leadership team, responsible for executing its highly successful $51.8 million capital campaign. Dr. Carter is a strong proponent of cultural diversity, international programming, community outreach, and business partnerships that support regional engagement.
Dr. Carter has been active in community service, having worked in leadership positions and as a volunteer with Upward Bound, United Way, and Habitat for Humanity, as well as volunteering with Boy Scouts, youth sports, and booster clubs.
He and his wife, Sarah, a former elementary school teacher, have two adult children. Their daughter, Heather Hamner, lives in Atlanta with her husband, Daks, and the Carter's first grandchild, Ryland. Dr. Hamner is a researcher in nutrition and epidemiology at the Center for Disease Control. The Carters' son, Travis, who earned a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Social Psychology, is a post doctoral reseach associate who heads the Decision Research Lab in the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.
Updated: Friday, April 8, 2011
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