FLORENCE – FMU President Luther F. Carter was presented the Knowledge Economist Award Tuesday (Nov. 2) by South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) CEO Bill Mahoney.
The SCRA Knowledge Economist Award recognizes outstanding citizens who have made significant contributions to South Carolina’s knowledge economy, where the value of the mind shapes the successful profile of progress and great prospects for the future, Mahoney said.
“We are so pleased to have the opportunity to recognize Dr. Carter for his leadership and constant efforts to improve the lives of South Carolinians and the knowledge economy,” said Mahoney. “This region has wonderful partners and resources that will help to strengthen South Carolina’s knowledge economy. The joint efforts of private industry, government, economic development, education, and research are all a part of building the knowledge economy.”
Carter received the award during a S.C. Launch Program “big check” event at the Southeastern Institute for Manufacturing and Technology (SIMT) hosted by SCRA and Florence County Economic Development Partnership.
Carter has served in many roles that have all contributed to the knowledge economy of South Carolina. He currently serves as the President of FMU. The university is a vital resource in the region, offering curricula in 49 academic disciplines and programs to more than 4,000 area students. Carter has also served as the Chief of Staff to Gov. Mark Sanford, as the Executive Director of the South Carolina Budget and Control Board, as the Senior Executive Assistant to Gov. Carroll Campbell, as a faculty member and chairman of the political science department at the College of Charleston, and in our military.
He serves on numerous boards and has been recognized for his leadership with the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, the Public Official of the Year Award from the S.C. Regional Councils of Government, and honorary doctoral degrees from the College of Charleston, Lander University and the Citadel. In 1999, he received the Distinguished State Executive Award from the National Governors Association, and was appointed by President Bush to the Presidential Commission on White House Fellowships in 2001, where he served until 2004.
The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce recognized him as the recipient of its 2003 State Public Servant of the Year Award, and in 2004 the International Federation of German-American Clubs presented him the prestigious General Lucius Clay Medal. Most recently, the Humanities Council of South Carolina awarded him its annual Governor's Award in the Humanities (2004) and the Pee Dee Boys and Girls Clubs honored him with their annual Champion of Youth Award (2005).