Carter To Receive Lucius D. Clay Medal From Federation of German-American Clubs
FLORENCE---Fred Carter, president of Francis Marion University, will be awarded the General Lucius D. Clay Medal by the Federation of German-American Clubs in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Oct. 2.
Carter was notified of the award in a letter from Brunhild Putz, president of the Federation of German-American Clubs. The award, also being presented to German official Klaus Ruter, will be presented during a festive ceremony at the Fruchthalle at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 2.
The medal is the highest decoration that the federation awards to Germans or Americans who have developed and intensified German-American relations in a special way. Previous winners have included German presidents, U.S. ambassadors and diplomats, members of Congress, German and American military leaders and university leaders.
The federation established the award in 1980 in honor of American General Lucius D. Clay (1898-1978), the father of the Berlin Airlift. Clay was a deputy to General Dwight D. Eisenhower and military governor of the U.S. Occupation Zone in Germany from 1947-49. He helped initiate and organize the Berlin Airlift for 13 months after Russia blockaded the western sector of the city. Based upon his experience and support for the then-young Federal Republic of Germany, Clay was appointed by President Kennedy to be his personal adviser in 1961-62.
Carter is being honored for initiating and leading the establishment of a meaningful partnership between South Carolina and the Rhineland Palatinate. Ruter was state secretary of the chancellery at the time these partnerships were established.
As director of the State Budget and Control Board, Carter was instrumental in the establishment of agreements between South Carolina and Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate to explore partnerships in education, tourism, economic development, the environment and new communication technologies. That has led to a number of transatlantic conferences, university partnerships, technical college activities, sister-cities programs, public sector executive exchanges and special projects.
Since becoming president of FMU in 1999, Carter has increased the university’s formal exchange programs with several German institutions.
“Your personal efforts have brought and continue to bring German and American people from all walks of life in closer contact and strive to be able to seek understanding and communicate better,” Putz said. “It was your initiative and fighting spirit that made you a success in the establishment of the many exchange programs for German and American students, businesses and cultural exchange.”
Carter served as the executive director of the South Carolina Budget and Control Board, the state’s central management agency, from 1991-1999, as the senior executive assistant to South Carolina Gov. Carroll Campbell from 1987-1991, and as the chairman of the political science department at the College of Charleston from 1981-1987. He has just completed a sabbatical year (2003) serving as the chief of staff to South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford
Dr. Carter has authored four books, numerous articles and chapters, and sits on the editorial board of Public Forum. He was director of the Hurricane Hugo Relief Fund (1989-1990), a founding trustee for the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (1987-1989), and a trustee for Winthrop University (1989-1993). In addition, he served on seven joint study committees for the South Carolina legislature between 1989 and 1999 and chaired the Charleston Naval Base Closure Panel in 1993. Presently, he serves on the S.C. Educational Television Endowment Board and the S.C. Bar Association’s Commission for an Independent Judiciary and the Carolinas Hospital System board of trustees.
He is the recipient of 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. He received the 1999 Distinguished State Executive Award from the National Governors’ Association, and President Bush appointed him to the Presidential Commission on White House Fellowships in 2001. In 2002, the American Association of University Professors selected him as the national recipient of the Ralph Brown Award “for significant contributions to the principles of shared governance in American higher education.” Most recently, the South Carolina State Chamber of Commerce recognized him as the recipient of its 2003 Public Servant of the Year Award.
Dr. Carter received his B.A. degree from the University of Central Florida in 1972 and was recognized as its distinguished alumnus in 1999. He earned his M.P.A. (1976) and Ph.D. (1979) degrees from the University of South Carolina. He is a retired colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
He and his wife, Folly, have two children- Luke, 7, and Bryan, 26, an international economist with the U.S. Treasury Department.
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