Fred Carter will take a sabbatical from the presidency of Francis Marion University to serve as chief of staff in South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s administration.
The announcement was made Wednesday, following a special called meeting of the FMU Board of Trustees, who passed a resolution allowing Carter to take the sabbatical through June 30, renewable through Dec. 31 if requested by Carter.
Carter will continue with some specified presidential duties, including governance issues of the university; presiding at ceremonial functions, such as commencement; and carrying out fund-raising responsibilities with the FMU Foundation.
Provost Richard Chapman, with support of other FMU vice presidents and the faculty leadership, will be charged with carrying out the day-to-day affairs of the university during this period.
Carter, who has been president of FMU since 1999, served as executive director of the S.C. Budget and Control Board from 1991 to 1999. 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. Prior to that, he was a professor and administrator at the College of Charleston.
Carter grew up in Sanford, Fla., and was educated in the public schools of Seminole County. He earned a bachelor’s degree 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 active duty, he earned a master’s degree in public administration in 1976 and a doctorate in political science in 1979.
He is a tenured professor in FMU’s Department of Political Science and Geography.
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