Kyle R. Carter
Kyle R. Carter

CULLOWHEE – The Western Carolina University board of trustees has approved Kyle R. Carter, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Central Missouri State University, as Western's chief academic officer, a position that also will carry the title of provost for the first time in the university's history.

Carter, a member of the administration at Central Missouri State since 1998, will serve as chief academic officer at Western and will be the senior vice chancellor authorized to act on behalf of Chancellor John W. Bardo in the chancellor's absence. The appointment is effective Nov. 1.

“We have been searching for an individual who can help guide Western through a period of growth and development that is just now in the early stages,” Bardo said in announcing the appointment. “With the input of faculty, students and staff, the university has charted a path for the future, and is in need of a proven higher education administrator to help us get there. We have found just that person with Kyle Carter.”

Carter will fill a vacancy created by the departure of Richard J. Collings, vice chancellor for academic affairs at Western since 1996, who left the university in May to become president of Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. The appointment of Carter follows a nationwide search conducted by a campuswide committee and assisted by a national consulting firm.

“Western Carolina University provides a unique challenge for me and a set of opportunities that I couldn't resist,” said Carter, who also is a professor of psychology. “I am impressed with the executive management team, the faculty and staff at Western Carolina. They are hard-working, ambitious and collegial. I couldn't ask for a better environment.”

At Central Missouri State, Carter is responsible for administering the academic programs of the university, including many academic support services. He was chair of the committee that produced the university's strategic plan, revised promotion and tenure criteria and processes, redesigned summer school schedules, and revised faculty compensation procedures. Carter helped guide CMSU through a period of financial belt-tightening amidst record-high state cutbacks in higher education funding, and helped establish the university's Honors College.

“The committee conducted an extensive search until we found someone who had the broad range of experience that is required for this new leadership position at Western,” said Noelle Kehrberg, dean of the College of Applied Sciences and chair of the search committee. “With his experience as provost at Central Missouri, Kyle Carter has the experience, vision and enthusiasm we were seeking.”

Bobby Patton, president of CMSU, praised Carter's accomplishments in academic affairs at the Warrensburg, Mo., university. “The positive impact he has made on campus during the past six and one-half years and the validation we have received from accrediting groups like the Higher Learning Commission attest to the high quality of his accomplishments,” Patton said. “Personally I consider him a valuable ally and colleague, and I congratulate him on his new position.”

Prior to joining the administration at CMSU, Carter served as associate vice president for research and graduate studies and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Northern Colorado. He also served as president of the University of Northern Colorado Research Corp.; associate dean of the College of Education; and director of the division of research, evaluation and development.

A member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society, he won the National Association for Gifted Children's annual award for outstanding research paper of the year in 1987, published in Gifted Child Quarterly. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Mercer University, and his master's and doctoral degrees in educational psychology, both at the University of Georgia .

Western announced earlier this year plans to move to the “provost model” of administration, due in part to increasing demands on the chancellor, who frequently must be off campus working with law-makers in Raleigh and Washington, with University of North Carolina system leaders in Chapel Hill, and with potential contributors across the state and nation.

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