ASCD Leader Receives Award for 20 Years of Service
Alexandria, VA (7/18/12)—ASCD CEO and Executive Director Dr. Gene R. Carter was honored today by the association’s Board of Directors for his 20 years of service to the organization. The award was presented to Dr. Carter by ASCD President Debra Hill at the close of the association’s summer board of directors’ meeting in Alexandria, Va.
“On behalf of the ASCD Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to honor Dr. Gene Carter for his 20 years of service to the association,” said Debra Hill, ASCD President. “During his tenure as Executive Director and CEO, Dr. Carter has helped ASCD grow into a global leader in providing the programs, products, services, and initiatives that support the success of each learner. We thank Gene for his service and we look forward to many more years of his tremendous leadership.”
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 assumed his position of Executive Director and CEO of ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) in 1992. 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, 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.
During his 20 years as the association’s CEO and Executive Director, Dr. Carter has had many achievements. Among the highlights are
- a global expansion effort growing ASCD’s presence in more than 145 countries
- the reshaping of professional development for educators at all levels through the creation and implementation of outstanding solutions such as ASCD's PD In Focus® and PD Online®
- the launch of the association’s Whole Child Initiative, which helps educators, families, community members, and policymakers move from a vision about educating the whole child to action.
“I am humbled by this award,” said Dr. Carter after the award presentation. “Education has changed immensely during my tenure as Executive Director and CEO. However, one constant during that time has been the need to provide educators at all levels with the resources they require to meet the ever-evolving needs of modern students. I’m grateful for this recognition and look forward to continuing to serve ASCD and educators worldwide for years to come.”
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 participated in international educational seminars in Europe, Asia, South American, Africa and Australia. Dr. Carter has also led professional delegations to Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.
To learn more about Dr. Gene R. Carter and his history as an educator, please visit his biography at www.ascd.org/genecarter. To learn more about ASCD and its programs, products, services, and initiatives, or to join ASCD, visit www.ascd.org.
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