FLORENCE---Well known state official Luther Fredrick (Fred) Carter has been named the fourth president of Francis Marion University.
The announcement was made Thursday (March 18), following a telephone meeting of the FMU Board of Trustees, by chairman James R. Courie of Columbia
“I am delighted that the Board of Trustees was able to hire a president with Dr. Carter’s credentials,” said Courie. “He is well respected throughout the state as an educator, academician and administrator.”
He added, “There seems to be a general excitement, both in the community and on campus, as to what Dr. Carter has to offer this university. As trustees, we believe he is the right person to continue the board’s quest for excellence in our academic mission and to lead Francis Marion University into the next century.”
Carter will assume the FMU presidency no later than July 1. He replaces Lee A. Vickers who is resigning to take the presidency of Dickinson State University in North Dakota.
He will be a tenured professor in the FMU’s Department of Political Science, History and Geography. The Promotion and Tenure Committee of the School of Education, Social and Behavioral Sciences recommended tenure by acclamation, and approval then came from the department chair, dean and the trustees.
Carter has been executive director of the South Carolina Budget and Control Board since 1991, responsible for oversight and review responsibility for approximately $1 billion.
“Over the past 20 years, the State of South Carolina has provided me with the opportunity to serve in a number of progressively challenging positions—as an academician, as a gubernatorial aide and as an agency director,” said Carter. “I have enjoyed each of these jobs immensely, but the honor bestowed upon me today is very unique and special.”
He continued, “Becoming a university president is a lifelong dream, and I’ve received tutelage from two of the finest in Harry Lightsey and Alex Sanders, the former and current president at the College of Charleston. I am humbled by the trust accorded me by the FMU Board of Trustees.
“It is truly a privilege to join this fine faculty, and Folly and I look forward to becoming part of the FMU family and the Florence community.”
Carter has been a central player in state government since 1987 when he was named senior executive to Gov. Carroll Campbell, a position he held until 1991. In this position, he was principal policy adviser to the governor for a number of state programs, including higher education, the Commission on Higher Education, the boards of trustees of all state-supported colleges, universities and technical colleges. In this position, he had primary oversight and signatory responsibility for $574 million in federal monies and $147 million in state monies expended through the Office of the Governor.
He held both positions while on leave from the College of Charleston where he has been a member of the faculty since 1981. At Charleston, he served as director of the Institute for Public Affairs and Policy Studies and as director of the Master’s of Public Administration from 1982-85 and as chairman of the Department of Political Science from 1985-87.
Carter was director of the Master of Public Policy Program at the University of Central Florida from 1980-81, an assistant professor and internship director in the Department of Government at Western Kentucky University from 1979-80. He also was county administrator of Bamberg County in South Carolina in 1977.
As director of the Budget and Control Board, Carter coordinates the activities of 1,500 employees in the administration of all state central management functions, including state budgeting, personnel management, telecommunications, insurance services, general services, financial management, computer operations, research and statistical services, local government, motor vehicle management, the state energy offices, the state retirement systems and the S.C. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.
Carter grew up in Sanford, Fla., and was educated in the public schools of Seminole County. He earned a bachelor’s in political science at the University of Central Florida in 1972 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. Upon his release from the Marine Corps in 1975, he enrolled in the graduate program at the University of South Carolina. He completed a master’s in public administration in 1976 and a doctorate in political science in 1979.
He has authored or co-authored four books, including Government in the Palmetto State in 1983, Personnel: Managing Human Resources in the Public Sector in 1985, Mobilization and the National Defense in 1985, and Government in the Palmetto State: Toward the 21st Century in 1993. He also has written numerous articles and book reviews in professional publications. He is a member of the editorial board of Public Forum Journal.
Carter is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Southern Political Science Association, the Academy of Political Science, the American Society for Public Administration, Pi Sigma Alpha/Pi Alpha Alpha, and the S.C. Agency Directors’ Organization.
He was the director of the Hugo Relief Fund in 1989-90, served on the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Board of Trustees from 1987-89, and chaired the Charleston Naval Base Closure Study Panel in 1993.
He is a former member of the Winthrop University Board of Trustees, a recipient of the South Carolina Governor’s Order of the Palmetto and a recipient of honorary doctoral degrees from Lander University (1998) and the University of Charleston (1992). He received the S.C. Regional Council of Governments Annual Public Official Award in 1994. He also is an adjunct faculty member at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Marine Corps War College, and the University of South Carolina. He is a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.
Born May 30, 1950, in Kenova, W. Va., Carter is married to the former Folly Roach of Columbia. They have two children---Luke, age two, and Bryan, age 21, a senior at Georgetown University.