Dr. Fred Carter, director of the Office of Teacher Services and School Relations in WKU’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, was selected as this year’s recipient of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators’ Distinguished Service Award.
This honor is bestowed on an emeritus member of the education community who advances the objectives and purposes of KASA and has served the education community throughout his/her education career. Winners of the award are prominent and celebrated members of the education community.
Selected by a statewide judging panel, Carter was recognized this month at KASA’s Annual Summer Leadership Institute at the Galt House Hotel & Suites in Louisville before an audience of 1,100 school administrators.
KASA Executive Director Wayne Young said, “From his 37-year career as a teacher, administrator and superintendent, to his current work as a higher education teacher trainer, to his community service for United Way, Special Olympics and adult literacy, every element of his public service is focused on creating opportunities for a higher quality of life for all Kentuckians.”
Carter has served the education community since 1975 when he taught English at Warren East High School. Since that time, he has held numerous posts, including assistant principal and instructional supervisor in the Warren County Schools, principal at Bowling Green High School, and superintendent of Glasgow Independent Schools. Prior to joining WKU, he served as deputy secretary of the Kentucky Education Cabinet. Carter was named Kentucky principal of the year on two occasions and remains one of the state’s most winning basketball coaches, maintaining a 20-win season average during 14 years with the WEHS Lady Raiders. He is a past president of KASA and serves as an executive coach, mentoring new superintendents.
Nominator George Wilson, executive director of the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, said Carter is a “man of great integrity who has a great love for kids.” He also said, “I believe it was a direct benefit to sit alongside Dr. Carter during his time as a fellow superintendent on the GRREC board of directors; and now, as executive director of GRREC, I have a better appreciation for his involvement at every level of the educational spectrum.”
KASA is the largest school administrator group in Kentucky, representing more than 3,000 education leaders from across the commonwealth. Formed in 1969, KASA connects education leaders to policymakers, legislators, and other interest groups, and provides numerous benefits and services to Kentucky’s school administrators.
Contact: Erin Howe, (502) 875-3411; or College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, (270) 745-4664.