Michael V. Carter

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Michael Vaughn Carter

(President of Campbellsville University in Kentucky since 1999)

Born August 12, 1954
Place of birth missing

Reared in Huntington,
West Virginia
Resident of Campbellsville, Taylor County, Kentucky 

Spouse Debra Ann Carter

Children: Eric, Alicia, and Wesley

Religion Southern Baptist 

'Michael Vaughn Carter (born August 12, 1954)[1] is a Southern Baptist educator who since 1999 has been the president of Campbellsville University in Campbellsville in Taylor County in central Kentucky.

Carter was reared in Huntington, West Virginia, where he graduated in 1972 from Fred M. Vinson High School and Marshall University, with both bachelor's and master's degrees in 1976 and 1979, respectively. He did graduate study at Andover-Newton Theological School in Newton Centre in eastern Massachusetts. In 1984, he received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in the capital city of Columbus, Ohio. Prior to his CU presidency, Carter was the vice-president for academic affairs and professor of sociology at Carson-Newman University, a Baptist-affiliated institution in Jefferson City in northeastern Tennessee, at which he was first employed in 1985. In the 1982-83 academic year, Carter taught sociology and anthropology at Warner Southern College in Lake Wales in south central Florida. In 1983-84, he was a teaching associate at Ohio State. In the 1984-85 academic year, he was instructor of sociology and director of Christian ministries at Judson College in Elgin near Chicago, Illinois.[2]

He succeeded Kenneth W. Winters as CU president; Winters was subsequently elected as a Republican to the Kentucky State Senate, a post he has since vacated. At CU, Carter has presided over unparallelled growth in the private institution. Enrollment surpassed five thousand in the spring semester of 2017. CU has added schools of Barbering, Cosmetology, and Nursing, established a new gym for wrestling, and built Noe Plaza for hosting alumni and friends of the university. Under Carter, CU has built the Mary Colvin Crabtree Guest House, Tigerville Grille, a building to house the Carver School of Social Work, and the Gosser Gymnasium. There is also a Ransdell Chapel, Men’s and Women’s Village housing, the Heilman Student Complex including the Davenport Commons and Winters Dining Hall. There is also turf and lights for Finley Stadium and lighting of the tennis courts and baseball field. Work is planned or underway for a new School of Business, the Wellness Center, and improvements for the visual arts. CU now offers more than ninety programs of study including one doctorate degree, nineteen master’s degrees, six postgraduate areas, and seven pre-professional programs.[2]

New regional sites have been opened in Liberty, Harrodsburg, Somerset, Hodgenville and Louisville, Kentucky. There are also instructional sites are in Elizabethtown and Owensboro. The newest athletic programs include: archery, bowling, bass fishing, and men’s and women’s wrestling.[2]

In 2013, Carter obtained for CU the congressional papers of the Republican former U.S. Representative Ron Lewis of Kentucky's 2nd congressional district, which includes Campbellsville.[3]

Carter is the author of several book chapters and journal articles focusing upon higher education, religion and life in Appalachia, and rural youth drug abuse. Carter's wife, Debra, is an assistant professor of social work at CU. The couple has three grown children, Eric, a professor at Georgetown College in Georgetown in Scott County, Kentucky; Alicia, and Wesley.[4]


  1. Michael V. Carter. Mylife.com. Retrieved on January 4, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Dr. Michael V. Carter. Campbellsville.edu. Retrieved on January 4, 2018.
  3. Joan McKinney (April 10, 2013). Campbellsville University dedicates congressional papers of Ron Lewis. Retrieved on January 4, 2018.
  4. Joan C. McKinney (January 14, 2009). President Michael V. Carter to be on One to One on KET: President has led 17 consecutive semesters of enrollment gains. Retrieved on January 4, 2018.