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Luther F. Carter

Carter-Bio-photoSince 1999, Dr. Luther Fredrick Carter has served as the president of Francis Marion University. Previously, he served as the Chief of Staff to Governor Mark Sanford (2003), the executive director of the South Carolina Budget and Control Board from 1991-1999, the senior executive assistant to South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell from 1987-1991, and as a faculty member and the chairman of the political science department at the College of Charleston from 1981-1987.

Dr. Carter has authored five books and numerous juried chapters and articles. Presently, he chairs the S.C. Institute of Medicine and Public Health Board of Directors, the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the S.C. Governor's Commission for International Cooperation and Agreements. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Carolinas Hospital System, the S.C. Bar Association's Commission for an Independent Judiciary, and the S.C. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is the recipient of the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, and honorary degrees from the College of Charleston, Lander University and the Citadel.

His career service has been recognized by the National Governor's Association (Distinguished State Executive Award), the American Association of University Professors (Ralph Brown Award), the S.C. Chamber of Commerce (Public Servant of the Year Award), the International Federation of German-American Clubs (Lucius Clay Award), the S.C. Humanities Council (Governor's Award in the Humanities), and the S.C. Regional Council of Governments (Public Official of the Year Award).

Dr. Carter received his BA degree from the University of Central Florida and was awarded its distinguished alumnus award in 1999. He earned his MPA and PhD degrees from the University of South Carolina and was recognized by the University's College of Arts and Sciences as its distinguished graduate alumnus in 2006. He is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

He and his wife, Folly, have two children - Luke, 16, and Bryan, 35, an economist with Acadia Investments in Boston.

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