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Citadel News Service
7 May 2011

HESS’ Carter named top undergraduate educator for second time

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John S. Carter, professor and head of the Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Science, is The Citadel’s 2011 recipient of the James A. Grimsley Undergraduate Teaching Award for outstanding performance in instruction and service to undergraduate students. 

Created 25 years ago, the award is named for Maj. Gen. James A. Grimsley, U.S. Army retired, who was president of the college from 1980 to 1989. Each year the senior class votes on the recipient.

Carter began his Citadel career as an instructor in 1984, and over the past 27 years, he has established a reputation as a professor who puts students first. His students agree that Carter exemplifies the adage “Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” said Grimsley’s daughter Anne Bander as she presented the award.

In addition to his duties as a professor, administrator, faculty advisor, and building supervisor, Carter is head of the Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Science and has served tirelessly as the founding Campus Ombudsperson – a person designated to mediate concerns when people on campus have issues in their dealings with others. A man of seemingly endless energy, Carter was instrumental in the early years of the campus recycling program, and he has also been a central figure in the highly successful Citadel Women’s Club Annual Yard Sale. The Women’s Club has named the scholarships funded by the yard sale profits in his honor.

A resident of Charleston, Carter was the recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in 1994 and the Grimsley Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1996.

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