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Professor and Author Terrell Carter Will Join G.U. As Chief Diversity Officer

Professor and Author Terrell Carter Will Join G.U. As Chief Diversity Officer

Greenville University President Ivan Filby is pleased to announce the hire of Terrell Carter, pastor, professor, artist and community leader, as vice president and chief diversity officer for Greenville University. Carter will join the University on June 1, 2019.

As chief diversity officer, Carter will lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive diversity plan for the institution, as well as work with faculty, staff and students to champion the importance of diversity and inclusion within the G.U. culture.

“As a Christ-centered educational institution in the Wesleyan tradition, Greenville University believes that every person carries the image of God,” says Filby, “and it is our sacred duty to treat people accordingly. The University approaches diversity and inclusion from this biblical perspective, believing that the diversity we find in our natural world and in human society is a rich gift from God—a gift that helps us to experience God’s great love and mercy in new ways.”

Robust Experience for the Task At Hand

Carter cultivated a solid understanding of Christ-centered higher education through his work at Missouri Baptist University and Central Baptist Theological Seminary. At Missouri Baptist, Carter developed and led workshops on diversity and inclusion for honors students and provided related training for resident assistants. He also taught courses on diversity and inclusion at St. Louis Community College.

Institutions of higher learning, churches and other organizations use the online diversity training he developed, and expanded audiences have benefited from webinars he designed.

Carter’s broad experiences and expertise will benefit G.U. in other areas. These include:

  • A diverse background that will appeal to students majoring in criminal justice, art, organizational leadership, ministry and other areas.  Carter previously served on the St. Louis police force and authored Walking the Blue Line: A Police Officer Turned Community Activist Provides Solutions to the Racial Divide and Healing Racial Divides: Finding Strength in Our Diversity. He also served as executive director for North Newstead Association and CREATE, Inc, focused on community development in the St. Louis area.
  • Twenty-five years of ministry experience that will enrich G.U.’s chapel and spiritual development programming.
  • Experience in fundraising and grant writing that will help G.U. expand its work in diversity and inclusion.
  • Denominational ties that will aid student recruitment.
  • Extensive international experience that will support the University’s growing number of international students.

“As chief diversity officer, Dr. Carter will help us refine our plans to better serve the needs of our community, and in doing so, help us forge stronger and more trusting relationships as we continue to improve our standing as a ‘Best Christian Workplace,’” Filby adds.

This story was published on January 09, 2019

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