Carter Receives National Governors Award For Distinguished Service to State Government
FLORENCE---Francis Marion University President Fred Carter has received the National Governors Association Award for Distinguished Service to State Government for 1999.
To be presented at the National Governors Association’s 91st annual meeting in St. Louis, Mo., Aug. 8, chaired by Thomas R. Carper, governor of Delaware.
The award was announced Friday (July 23) by S. C. Gov. Jim Hodges who said, “Fred has worked tirelessly to make government more productive and efficient in South Carolina. He truly deserves this award.”
The award cites Carter’s distinguished service to his community, the state and the nation through a career that has spanned three diverse yet complimentary professions—educator, government executive and Marine Corps officer.
Carter became the fourth president of FMU July 1. He was a college professor at the College of Charleston for a number of years where he directed the Institute for Public Affairs and Policy Studies and chaired the Department of Political Science before becoming vice president for research and dean of graduate studies. He continued to teach graduate courses at the University of South Carolina while serving in the Governor’s Office and with the Budget and Control Board.
As chief assistant to former Gov. Carroll Campbell for four years, he was responsible for governmental finance and grants, higher education, public safety and local government. A defining moment of his work with the governor’s office came in 1989, when Hurricane Hugo lay waste to Charleston and other coastal communities. He spearheaded a team that developed a superior emergency telecommunications network solely for disaster situations, along with planning evacuation routes and developing emergency disaster plans that would use state employees and volunteers for implementation.
The award particularly cited Carter’s work as executive director of the State Budget and Control Board, a position he held for nearly eight years (1991-1999). In this capacity, he was responsible for 1,500 employees organized into four divisions and 10 offices. This included the state operating and capital budgets, personnel systems, telecommunications, insurance services, general services, financial management, computer operations, research and statistics, intergovernmental relations, state fleet management, state energy programs, state retirement systems, water and sewer infrastructure planning and regional development.
Carter was cited for his work in coordinating and implementing state agency reorganization that reduced the number of state agencies from 120 to 67. Also cited was his work in reforming state personnel, cutting the number of job
Classifications from 2,500 to 500 and creating 10 broad pay bands for employees. Under his leadership, the state has aggressively pursued downsizing and privatization of some government functions.
Other areas of Carter’s involvement included consolidation of computer data centers, development of regional development plans, career development and gender equity in the workplace, total quality management of state government, state performance audits and establishing relationships and partnerships with Germany.
Carter’s service as a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps was also recognized. For the past 14 years, he has served on the commanding general’s staff at the Marine Corps Reserve Depot at Parris Island and has received several military awards.