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Nov. 24, 2008

For Immediate Release


By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator


CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Dr. Michael V. Carter, who is serving in his tenth year as president of Campbellsville University, will address the Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce at noon Tuesday, Dec. 11.

The meeting will take place in the Banquet Hall (the old cafeteria) in the Student Union Building on the campus of Campbellsville University.

Carter has served as president of CU since 1999. He was provost and vice president for academic affairs, as well as professor of sociology, at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., from 1985 until he became president of CU.

Under Carter’s leadership, Campbellsville University has seen 17 consecutive semesters of record enrollment with 2,601 as fall 2008 enrollment.

CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaurate Colleges” in the South in the 2008 U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”

Under Carter’s leadership, CU has completed new additions to the Women’s Residence Village, constructed the new E. Bruce Heilman Student Complex which includes the Winters Dining Hall and Davenport Student Commons, started a School of Nursing program and constructed a building for the school, constructed the Carver School of Social Work and Counseling classroom, the Ransdell Chapel and the Gosser Gymnasium.

A new School of Education building is under construction, and a new School of Business and Economics is in the planning phase.

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

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

Carter was recently named, as one of three presidents of Kentucky’s private independent institutions, to Gov. Steve Beshear’s President’s Advisory Committee for a working group to study the cost of a college education.

Carter is author of several book chapters and journal articles ranging from Higher Education (Mission and Service) to Religion & Life in Appalachia, Rural Youth Drug Abuse and Community Change.

He is a member of Campbellsville Baptist Church.

Carter is married to Debbie Carter, assistant professor of social work at CU. They have three children: Dr. Eric Carter, who is an assistant professor and chair of the sociology department at Georgetown College; Alicia Carter, director of CU’s Citizens Bank & Trust Writing Center; and Wesley Carter, a freshman at Georgetown College.

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 2,601 students who represent 93 Kentucky counties, 27 states and 31 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South for the second consecutive year. CU has been ranked 16 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.