Eastern Connecticut State University in Windham has named the Science Building on campus after David G. Carter Sr., the university’s fifth president. Serving as president from 1988 to 2006, Dr. Carter was the first African American to lead a four-year institution of higher education in Connecticut and also in New England.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Carter held a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He earned a master’s degree in curriculum and supervision from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Ph.D. in educational development and administration from Ohio State University.
Dr. Carter began his career as a teacher, principal, and administrator at public schools in Ohio. He then spent four years on the faculty in the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University. He then joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut and served in various positions such as associate vice president for academic affairs, associate dean in the School of Education, and professor of educational administration.
After serving as president of Eastern Connecticut State University for 18 years, Dr. Carter was appointed chancellor of the state university system in 2006 and served in that role until 2010. He died in 2018.