Dr. Kyle R. Carter became UNC Pembroke’s fifth chancellor on July 1, 2010.
By the time Dr. Carter arrived at UNC Pembroke, he had spent more than 35 years in academia as a faculty member and administrator. He began his career at Valdosta State University after earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Mercer University, a Master of Arts in educational psychology, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Georgia in 1974. Moving to Colorado in 1976, he achieved tenure and the rank of full professor at the University of Northern Colorado. His scholarship interests have been the cognitive development of gifted and talented children, program evaluation, and transitioning the comprehensive university. He served as a full-time faculty member for more than 13 years before moving into administration.
Chancellor Carter has spent the last two decades in leadership roles at universities, including graduate dean and associate vice president for research and president of the UNC Research Corporation at the University of Northern Colorado, and provost at the University of Central Missouri. Just prior to his appointment as Chancellor, Dr. Carter was provost and senior vice chancellor at Western Carolina University, where he oversaw all academic programs, enrollment management, and information technology. As an administrator and leader he has shown his commitment to transparency, strategic planning, and the teacher/scholar model. He has launched numerous undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs and revamped the strategic plans at both Central Missouri and Western Carolina. He also led the redesign of Western's Coulter Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, later selected by Campus Technology magazine to receive one of its Innovator Awards. Dr. Carter’s enthusiasm toward cultural diversity and international programming has been embraced by UNC Pembroke’s multi-cultural student body and its growing International Program; his dedication to community outreach can be seen in the university’s new emphasis on regional engagement.
Dr. Carter’s community involvement extends beyond the campus. He has held leadership positions and volunteered with Upward Bound, the United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and currently serves on several national, state and local boards, including International Studies Exchange Program (ISEP), North Carolina Campus Compact, Cape Fear Boy Scouts, and Southeastern Health. You may have seen him in the local Dancing With the Stars fundraiser or at many events sponsored by the Lumbee tribe.
He and his wife, Sarah, a former elementary school teacher, have two adult children. Their daughter, Heather Hamner, lives in Atlanta with her husband, Daks, and the Carter's two grandchildren, Ryland and Brynn. Heather has two masters degrees from Tufts University in Boston and her Ph.D. from University of Georgia. She is currently a researcher in nutrition and epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control. The Carters' son, Travis, who earned a Ph.D. from Cornell University in social psychology, is an assistant professor in social psychology at Colby College. He resides with his wife, Becky, in Waterville, Maine.