President’s Biography

Dr. Michael V. Carter

Dr. Michael V. Carter

President, Campbellsville University


Academic Background

  • Ph.D. Ohio State University (1984)
  • M.A. Marshall University (1979)
  • Additional graduate study: Andover-Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Mass.
  • B.A. Marshall University (1976)


Personal Data

Date of Birth:         Aug. 12, 1954
Marital Status:       Married to Debra Ann Carter (MSSW, LCSW)
Children:               Eric, Alicia, and Wesley


Professional Experience

Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, Ky.

Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tenn.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Sociology

Judson College, Elgin, Ill.
Instructor of Sociology and Director of Christian Ministries

Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Teaching Associate

Warner Southern College, Lake Wales, Fla.
Chair, Sociology/Anthropology


Religious Affiliation

Member of Campbellsville Baptist Church


Campbellsville University Accomplishments

  • 2014-15 reaffirmation by SACSCOC
  • Fall 2013 the main campus grew by 98 resident students from 2012 with another record enrollment for the main campus (12 straight years of record enrollment).
  • Reached 5,035 record enrollment in spring 2017
  • Ranked as a top regional university in the south by U.S.News & World Report
  • Among America’s Best Christian Colleges
  • Rated as a Military Friendly School
  • Named a Champions of Character Institution by the NAIA
  • Facilities added: School of Barbering, School of Cosmetology, a new Wrestling gym, Alumni & Friends Park/Noe Plaza, Mary Colvin Crabtree Guest House, Tigerville Grille, School of Nursing, a classroom building for the Carver School of Social Work, Ransdell Chapel, School of Education, Gosser Gymnasium, Men’s & Women’s Village housing, the Heilman Student Complex including the Davenport Commons and Winters Dining Hall, turf and lights for Finley Stadium as well as lighting for the baseball field and the tennis courts, and numerous improvements to the campus grounds. Currently in the planning phase are: a new School of Business, Wellness Center, and improvements for the visual arts which will result in an arts village.
  • New academic programs have been added with CU now offering over 90 programs of study including one doctorate degree, 19 master’s degrees, six postgraduate areas and seven pre-professional programs
  • New regional sites have been opened in Liberty, Harrodsburg, Somerset, Hodgenville and Louisville. Instructional sites are in Elizabethtown and Owensboro.
  • New athletic programs include: archery, bowling, bass fishing, men’s and women’s wrestling.