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Johnson C. Smith Names New President

The Johnson C. Smith University Board of Trustees has named Dr. Ronald L. Carter the university’s 13th president, effective July 1.

Carter, currently provost and dean of faculty at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., brings to the Charlotte, N.C., institution “an impressive record of community leadership, academic administration and budget management,” according to university officials.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Carter to the Johnson C. Smith family,” said Parran Foster III, chairman of the JCSU board. “He brings a noteworthy academic record, valuable international perspectives and a breadth of insight rooted in his diverse university experiences.”

Carter, a High Point, N.C. native, began his academic career at Boston University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, where he rose to become the school’s youngest Dean of Students.

Carter, who helped relatives of Nelson Mandela gain admission to U.S. colleges in the late 1980s, was named upon Mandela’s release from prison Director of Health Services at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Within five years, Carter became the school’s Dean of Students — one of the first Black administrators at the traditionally white institution.

Carter will succeed Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy, who since being named president in 1994 has raised more than $125 million for the institution and increased the endowment nearly fourfold, from $14 million to $53 million.

Foster praised Yancy’s work and noted that Carter was expected to build upon that work. “We have been fortunate indeed to have Dr. Yancy at the helm for 14 years. She has been an energetic and inspired leader. Dr. Carter joins Johnson C. Smith poised to advance her successes.”

Carter holds a doctorate in philosophy of religion from Boston University and a master’s of theology and philosophy of religion also from Boston University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Morehouse College with a bachelor’s in sociology and philosophy.

–Associated Press

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