Alum Highlight: President of West Virginia State University, Dr. Hazo W. Carter, Jr.

Dr. Hazo W. Carter, Jr. began his service as West Virginia State College’s ninth president in 1987. He became the first President of West Virginia State University on April 7, 2004. Of the University’s nine presidents, he is now ranked second in years of service. For 29 years he has been a chief executive officer at a higher education institution and, he is in his 36th year as a higher education administrator. Prior to coming to West Virginia, Dr. Carter was President and Professor of Education at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. His career has been dedicated to serving thousands of students.

President Carter holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Tennessee State University (in Nashville); the Master of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana); and the Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D.) in Higher Education Administration from George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Throughout his tenure at West Virginia State, he has worked tirelessly to articulate the institution’s economic impact and presence as the largest institution of higher education in the Kanawha Valley. President Carter successfully led a 12-year quest to regain the institution’s 1890 land-grant status. He has encouraged local community leaders, legislators, and alumni to support our journey to have our land-grant status restored at the State level and recognized and funded at the federal level.

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