Friday, July 13, 2007
ORANGEBURG – South Carolina State University announces the appointment of Dr. Carl A. Carpenter as interim vice president of the Division of Academic Affairs. Carpenter previously served as vice president in the 1980s. SC State continues to conduct a national search for a chief academic officer.
“Dr. Carpenter is eminently qualified to provide leadership to academic programs of the University. We are very fortunate that a loyal son of the University—one with a stellar career in education and trusted adviser—has consented to assist the University during this transitional period,” said President Andrew Hugine Jr.
As interim vice president of academic affairs, Carpenter will serve as SC State’s chief academic officer and will work directly with President Hugine, making recommendations on accountability, effectiveness and efficiency of the academic program. He will also supervise the deans of the various colleges and make certain that SC State is held accountable in meeting high standards in all areas of the academic program.
“The academic program is what propels any institution in a global, multicultural technological society,” said Carpenter. “That’s what [SC State] is in the business of doing – have been since 1896.”
“I look forward to serving while we find someone to permanently fill this role,” he added.
A 1966 and 1970 SC State alumnus, Carpenter’s professional relationship with his alma mater includes academic work as an assistant professor, professor, and director of student teaching before moving into administration.
Moving into administration in the late 1970s, Carpenter became SC State’s first full-time Title III coordinator and continued teaching graduate courses. He later would become assistant vice president of academic affairs and advance to the position of vice president of academic affairs. He later returned to the classroom, but was called back to administrative duty to serve as interim president in 1991.
After retiring from SC State in 1994, Carpenter served Voorhees College as its executive vice president and academic dean and organized the graduate school at Fort Valley State University, serving as its first dean. Prior to returning to SC State, he served as a professor at Claflin University, helping to guide that institution through the NCATE accreditation process.
Carpenter earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SC State, and a doctoral degree from the University of South Carolina.