Christy Allyn Editor-in-Chief
Dr. David Carter, former Chancellor of the Connecticut State University System (CSUS) and president of Eastern passed away on March 17 at the age of 75 after battling long-term illness.
Carter was appointed president of Eastern Connecticut State University in 1988, becoming the fifth president of the University and the first black president of a four-year institution of higher education in New England. He changed this campus dramatically. During his time, Carter added the Science Building, the J. Eugene Smith Library, the Child and Family Development Resource Center, and South Residential Village. Additionally, in his 18-year tenure he expanded degree offerings, study abroad opportunities, and founded Eastern as “Connecticut’s Public Liberal Arts University.”
In honor of Carter, Dwight Bachman, Carter’s Public Relations Officer, wrote
“The campus at Eastern looked like a two-horse town that students could get admitted into in August. Today, thanks to Dr. Carter, the campus looks like a world-class university, where students are put on a waiting list in March.” He further writes, “No university president in America has built a state-of-the-art campus like Dr. Carter has. Eastern is ‘The House That Dr. Carter Built!’ After securing millions of dollars in infrastructure investment, Eastern became known as ‘The Jewel of the East!,’ a phrase coined by Carter’s mentor, the late Dr. Arthur L. Johnson.”
In his final year as Chancellor, CSUS enrollment grew to the system’s highest levels – 336,629 students. He also secured $950 million to update and upgrade all CSUS campuses, so students are long benefiting from his hard work after his retirement.
Carter made it a point to build personal relationships with his students and faculty. He knew most by name, and often played pool with students. He would offer students to be “President for a Day,” resulting in comical images of Carter sitting in class and students at Board of Trustees meetings.
He was the recipient of many awards, including the Tapestry Award from The Hartford Courant, Torch of Liberty Award from the Greater Hartford Anti-Defamation League, and the Good Citizen Award from the Connecticut Grand Lodge, Order Sons of Italy in America. He was selected “Man of the Year” in 2000 by the African American Affairs Commission.
Eastern will hold a memorial service for David Carter on Thursday, April 12 at 3p.m. in the Betty R. Tipton room.
Friends and colleagues may send contributions in memory of Dr. Carter to the Shyaam Bachman Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, 10 Columbus Blvd., 8th Floor, Hartford, CT 06106, www.hfpg.org/shyaam. Contributions may also be set to The Michael Bolton
Charities, Inc. (for Children and Women at Risk), P.O. Box 936, Branford, CT 06405,
www.michaelboltoncharities.com; and the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, 103 Vision Way, Bloomfield, CT 06002, www.fidelco.org
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