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Citadel News Service

FOR RELEASE September 8, 2000

Citadel honors Carter with honorary degree

The Citadel Board of Visitors awarded Fred Carter with a Doctor of Humane Letters on Friday as part of a ceremony honoring the top students in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Dr. Carter is the president of Francis Marion University in Florence.

In presenting the honorary degree, Billy Jenkinson, the vice chairman of the board, praised Carter for his leadership, scholarship and contributions as a public servant.

Dr. Carter became the fourth president of Francis Marion University in July 1999 following 12 years in state government. He served as Governor Carroll Campbell's executive assistant beginning in 1987. In 1991, Carter became executive director of the South Carolina Budget and Control Board, a post he held for eight years. In that position, Carter coordinated the management of approximately $1 billion in state services ranging from budgeting, state employment and insurance to transportation and telecommunications.

"His sense of fiscal responsibility and his understanding of government issues made Dr. Carter the ideal person to serve in that capacity," Jenkinson said in presenting the degree.

Carter, who has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of South Carolina, began his career in academe. He taught at Western Kentucky University, the University of Central Florida, and the College of Charleston, serving as chairman of the department of political science before he joined the governor's staff.

He is the author or co-author of four books on government. Carter has also received the South Carolina Governor's Order of the Palmetto, the Annual Public Official Award from the South Carolina Regional Council of Governments, and the National Governors' Association Award for Distinguished Service to State Government.

In addition to serving as president of Francis Marion, Carter is a tenured professor in the department of political science, history and geography.

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Attention editors: a downloadable photo of Fred Carter will be available on our web site at by 6 p.m. on September 8, 2000.

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