During a news conference on Tuesday, Connecticut State University System Chancellor David Carter made the surprise announcement that he will be retiring, no later than Sept. 1., 2011.
At nearly 68, Carter said he wants to spend more time with his family.
He has served as chancellor of CSUS since February 2006, a position he took on after serving as the fifth president of Eastern Connecticut State University. He was the first African American president of a four-year institution of higher education in Connecticut.
Lawrence Hugh, Chairman of the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees, released a statement saying Carter changed the landscape of Connecticut higher education.
“He is a role model for dedication to higher education and a gifted education leader, one who not only dares to dream, but possesses the talent and tenacity to realize even the most challenging goals,” McHugh said. “He humbly led the transformation of Eastern Connecticut State University with unparalleled drive, and always, always kept the best interests of his students first and foremost.”
“Always a man of integrity, honor and relentless determination, he has consistently inspired those who worked with him and set a standard of excellence that we would all do well to aspire to,” Karl Krapek, chairman of the Connecticut State University System Board of Trustees, said in a news release.
In the spring, Carter came under some fire over the controversial dismissal of Southern Connecticut State University President Cheryl Norton, CT News Junkie reports.