Gene R. Carter, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Gene R. Carter is a veteran educator with experience as a private and public school teacher, public school administrator, superintendent of schools, and university professor. He is active in community, business, and civic organizations. He assumed his position of Executive Director and CEO of ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) in 1992. ASCD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional association with 150,000 members in more than 145 countries and more than 60 affiliates. It is one of the largest education organizations in the world. Before joining ASCD, Dr. Carter served for nine years as the superintendent of schools in Norfolk, Va., where he succeeded in reducing the dropout rate, built a partnership program with the private sector, implemented a districtwide school improvement program, established an early education center for 3-year-olds and their parents, and implemented a regional scholarship foundation for public school students.
Dr. Carter serves on the Board of Directors of Norfolk Southern Corporation, the American Bar Association Advisory Commission of Public Education, the America-Israel Friendship League Education Advisory Committee, the Education Commission of the States Advisory Board, National Commission on Service Learning, the National Commission on Asia in the Schools, and the Longview Foundation Board of Directors.
A native of Staunton, Va., Dr. Carter received his bachelor's degree in history from Virginia State University and received a master's degree in educational administration from Boston University. Having taught U.S. government, world history, and English for nine years, he attended Teachers College, Columbia University, and received a doctorate in instructional and curricular practice in 1973. He has also received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Virginia State University and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Old Dominion University.
Dr. Carter has received many honors and awards. In 1991, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Teachers College, Columbia University. He was presented the "Annual Leadership for Learning Award" in 1990 by the American Association of School Administrators. In 1988, he was selected the first National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators. He is listed in Who's Who Among Black Americans. In 1984, 1990, and 1993, The Executive Educator magazine named him one of the top 100 Executive Educators in North America.
He has participated in international educational seminars in Germany, France, Belgium, Canada, England, Spain, Sweden, Israel, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Ireland, Thailand, Egypt, Oman, Brazil, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, and Russia. Dr. Carter has also led professional delegations to the People's Republic of China, Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Netherlands, the Republic of South Africa, and the Caribbean.
Dr. Carter has written numerous articles and book chapters concentrating on educational issues and topics. He is the coauthor of The American School Superintendent: Leading in an Age of Pressure (Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers, 1997).