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Joelle Carter named AVP for Retention and Student Services at WKU

Joelle Davis Carter, Director of Undergraduate Programs in the School of Business at The George Washington University, will be the new Assistant Vice President for Retention and Student Services at WKU. She begins Aug. 24.

Joelle Carter

At GWU, Dr. Carter was responsible for developing and coordinating retention and engagement efforts that included the School of Business’ first-year development program, undergraduate research program, sophomore year experience initiative, business student leadership organizations and living and learning communities.  This summer, her first edited book, titled Business Principles and Perspectives: Preparing Undergraduate Business Students for the First Year, will be distributed by Kendall Hunt Publishing for students enrolled in the first-year seminar course.

“We are excited Dr. Carter will be joining the Enrollment Management leadership team,” Brian Meredith, WKU’s Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, said.  “She brings a depth of experience in the areas of student retention, engagement and persistence.  I look forward to working with Dr. Carter to enhance our retention initiatives moving students closer to their degree goals and ultimately graduation.  Dr. Carter’s passion and focus on student success make her an excellent addition to our team and WKU’s Rally for Retention.”

Prior to GWU, Dr. Carter served in a number of mid to senior-level higher education positions at the University of Maryland College Park, Morgan State University and Winthrop University. Those positions included the Executive Director for the Office of Human Relations Programs, Director for Diversity for the College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Coordinator for Transitional Programs in the Divisions of Letters and Sciences. In each role she was responsible for the management and development of professional staff, establishing and evaluating academic programs and working with senior level administrators such as deans, assistant vice presidents and provosts on major institutional issues such as retention, diversity and staff development.

Dr. Carter received her Doctorate of Philosophy degree from the Department of Education Leadership, Higher Education and International Studies at the University of Maryland College Park.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Grades Education from Winston-Salem State University and a Master of Arts degree in Student Personnel from The Ohio State University. Her research agenda is shaped by the study of student engagement and examining how students’ participation in academic and co-curricular activities influence their academic success and career preparation.

Dr. Carter has been recognized by local, regional and national organizations for her work and commitment to the student affairs profession, contributions to the larger community and higher education. In 2007, she was named Woman of the Year by the Prince George’s County Business and Professional Women Organization for her work with a program called Girls Excelling in Math and Science. As a Woman of the Year recipient, she received citations from the Prince George’s County Council as well as the Office of the Governor in Maryland.

In 2003, Dr. Carter received the Exempt Staff Award for Minority Achievement from the President’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues.  Since 1997, she has been extremely active with the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) through a number of leadership roles and committee work.  She has served as the Vice President for Partnerships, Programs Chair and Chair for the Multicultural Issues Committee. She currently is Chair of the Association’s Foundation.

Dr. Carter received SACSA’s New Professional (2002) and Melvene Draheim Hardee (2011) awards that acknowledge the leadership and promise one demonstrates to the organization and to the field of higher education.

Dr. Carter and her husband, Randall, reside in Accokeek, Md., where they are active in their community and work to empower youth through discussions and presentations on leadership and life development skills. They are both excited about relocating to the Bowling Green area and becoming an active part of the community.

Contact: Brian Meredith, (270) 745-6169.

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