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Aug. 18, 2008

For Immediate Release




By Joan C. McKinney, director of university communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University President Michael V. Carter, who is beginning his tenth year as CU president, will deliver the first chapel of the fall semester Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. in the Ransdell Chapel. The public is invited to attend.


“This is the first chapel of the new academic year, and it sets the tone for the school year,” Carter said. “We invite our faculty, staff and students, as well as the public, to come hear about our plans for the new year and about our successful summer. Campbellsville University is on the move, and we want to share that good news,” he said.


Among the events during the chapel will be the welcoming of new faculty and students and the selection of the award for the Non-Tenured Faculty member.


“This is a special day in the life of Campbellsville University,” said Carter, “and we hope you will be able to join us.”


Carter is in his tenth year as president of Campbellsville University. He has led the university to her highest enrollment, at 2,405 for fall 2007, and he expects this year’s enrollment to be a record-setting one as well.


Under Carter’s leadership, Campbellsville University has been named 22nd in U.S.News & World Report’s “Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the South” in the America’s Best Colleges 2008 edition. CU has been named to the America’s Best Colleges for 15 consecutive years.


Carter is a graduate of Marshall University in 1976 where he received a bachelor of arts. He received his master of arts from Marshall in 1979. He did additional graduate study at Andover-Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Mass.


Carter received his Ph.D. in 1984 from Ohio State University.


Carter served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn. from 1985 to 1999. He was also professor of sociology at CN.


Carter is the author of several book chapters and journal articles ranging from Religion & Life in Appalachia, Rural Youth Drug Abuse and Community Change.


He is a member of Campbellsville Baptist Church.


Carter is married to Debra Ann Carter, who is assistant professor of social work at CU. They have three children, Eric, Alicia and Wesley.


For more information about chapel, contact Ed Pavy, director of campus ministries, at (270) 789-5227 or

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,405 students who represent 98 Kentucky counties, 25 states and 36 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2008 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South and eighth in the South for “Great Schools, Great Prices.” CU has been ranked 15 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his tenth year as president.