First Posted: 11/10/2014
PEMBROKE — Kyle Carter, chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, announced today that he will retire on June 30. At his retirement, he will have served almost four decades in the field of higher education.
In a letter to the university, Carter said he assesses his career every five years. Because next summer marks his fifth year at UNCP, Carter said it is time to consider his next step.
“I have concluded that 41 years is enough and a good time for me to end my term and pass the baton to someone else,” he said in a statement. “… The last four and one-half years have been both challenging and rewarding. Regardless of the political and financial stresses that have been a part of the job each day, I count myself fortunate to have interacted with so many wonderful and talented people, both within and outside the university.”
Carter was named UNCP’s fifth chancellor in 2010, at the beginning of several years of double-digit budget reductions and a period of slow enrollment. He said in the statement that he responded by setting four goals: to develop UNCP into an institution of choice; to foster and promote student success; to engage the region more actively; and to run the university more efficiently without losing effectiveness.
Carter’s philosophy has been “One Team for Student Success,” which recognized the contribution that all UNCP employees make to carry out the university’s mission.
During Carter’s five-year term, enrollment grew. UNCP also carried out several capital expansion and improvement projects, including opening its state-of-the-art Health Sciences Building, Cypress (residence) Hall and the Pavilion; rebuilding Taylor Track; renovating the concert venue in Moore Hall; purchasing a property adjacent the campus and modifying it into a meeting and event facility; and adding intramural fields just north of campus. He also set the stage for further growth in a master plan that includes stadium expansion, a new student health services building and an Information Commons.
In addition to capital projects, under Carter’s leadership UNCP added a Master of Science in Nursing degree, launched the Southeast American Indian Studies program, and developed courses in entrepreneurship while establishing an entrepreneurship incubator in downtown Pembroke.