Gary Carter (1975-76)

A graduate of Quincy University, Gary Carter went on to become a major force in that institution. It seems fitting that a man so dedicated to his own education would go on and work for the education of others. After earning his undergraduate degree in history from Quincy in 1962, Dr. Carter obtained his Master’s of Education in school administration and a Ph.D. in higher and adult education from University of Missouri-Columbia in 1966 and 1985, respectively. He also completed postdoctoral work in policy analysis and implementation there.

In 1967, after completion of his graduate degree, Dr. Carter took a position as assistant registrar at Quincy University. Just two years after he arrived, he was promoted to the role of registrar. Over the next thirty-five years, Dr. Carter held several titles and served in a number of capacities from administration to teaching, including professor of education, director of teacher education, academic dean, and vice president and provost for academic affairs. As a result of his contributions, he is credited with improving the overall significance and clout of the university in the academic society. His efforts resulted in the creation of numerous degree tracks, a Ph.D. program in educational leadership, and a distance-learning curriculum. During his tenure at Quincy University Dr. Carter participated in more than thirty committees, the Faculty Senate, and the QU Quiz Bowl Team. Dr. Carter was more than just an active member of the faculty; he was looked upon with admiration and deep respect.

Outside of his professional duties, Dr. Carter donated his time to the North Central Association Review Team for Secondary Schools, the U.S. Office of Education, the United Way, the Kiwanis Club, and even Quincy Public Schools.

After his retirement in May, 2002, one of his associates said, “ Gary’s success is not just professional but also personal. For many faculty, Gary has been a kind of North Star by which we have charted our way because we know him to be someone in whom principles have triumphed.”