Harry S. Carter, the provost and vice president for academic affairs, will step down next June to return to full-time teaching as a professor in The Citadel School of Business. In announcing the move, Citadel President Maj. Gen. John Grinalds praised Carter's leadership, saying he understands the provost's desire to return to the classroom.
"The Citadel has made great strides during the five years Brig. Gen. Carter has headed our academic programs," Grinalds said. "Because he is a teacher at heart, he appreciates the complexities of academe and has had the vision to effectively lead the college through an academic reorganization while keeping academics as the top priority at The Citadel."
Under Carter's leadership, the college restructured multiple departments into five schools: arts and humanities, business, education, engineering, and mathematics, science and computer science. He has steered three schools and one department through national accreditation reviews and is heading the college's current recertification with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). He has also presided over a significant period of growth in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.
Gen. Grinalds said The Citadel will begin a nationwide search immediately for Carter's replacement.
Carter came to The Citadel in July 1999 as vice president for academic affairs. Two years ago The Citadel Board of Visitors named Carter the college's first provost.
After nearly 30 years in college administration at The Citadel and Georgia Southern University, Carter said his move to full-time teaching will allow him to return to what drew him into education in the first place. "I would like to finish my career where it started -- in the classroom," Carter said.
A graduate of Georgia Southern University, Carter served as a faculty member, department head, provost and interim president at his alma mater before coming to The Citadel. He holds a master of science degree in management science from United States International University and a doctoral degree in management science and information systems from the University of Georgia.
also has an extensive background in the military. He was in the United
States Navy from 1966 to 1969 and then served more than 25 years in active
reserves with the Georgia Air National Guard, retiring with the rank of
colonel in 1996.