Campbellsville University President to Deliver First Chapel/Convocation Address at Ransdell Chapel

By Joan C. McKinney, director of university communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – The first chapel/convocation in the new Ransdell Chapel will feature Dr. Michael V. Carter, president, speaking at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29. The public is invited to attend.

“This is the first chapel/convocation of the new academic year and the first one in the Ransdell Chapel,” Carter said, “and this is a historic one.”

Campbellsville University’s Ransdell Chapel was dedicated April 18, 2007, and the Wednesday chapel will be the first such event for the opening of the school year.

“We are inviting everyone to come and hear the good news about Campbellsville University as we start our second century of Christian higher education,” he said.

“Campbellsville University has long needed a chapel in which our students could worship, and we are so appreciative to George and Marie Ransdell for their gracious support in providing the lead gift for the chapel,” Carter said.

Among the events during the chapel/convocation will be the welcoming of new faculty and students and the selection of the award for the Non-Tenured Faculty member.

“This is a special day in the life of Campbellsville University,” said Carter, “and we hope you will be able to join us.”

Carter is in his ninth year as president of Campbellsville University. He has led the university to her highest enrollment, at 2,310 for fall 2006, and he expects this year’s enrollment to be a record-setting one as well.

Under Carter’s leadership, Campbellsville University has been named 22nd in U.S.News & World Report’s “Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the South” in the America’s Best Colleges 2008 edition. CU has been named to the America’s Best Colleges for 15 consecutive years.

Carter is a graduate of Marshall University in 1976 where he received a bachelor of arts. He received his master of arts from Marshall in 1979. He did additional graduate study at Andover-Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Mass.

Carter received his Ph.D. in 1984 from Ohio State University.

Carter served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn. from 1985 to 1999. He was also professor of sociology at CN.

Carter is the author of several book chapters and journal articles ranging from Religion & Life in Appalachia, Rural Youth Drug Abuse and Community Change.

He is a member of Campbellsville Baptist Church.

Carter is married to Debra Ann Carter, who is assistant professor of social work at CU. They have three children, Eric, Alicia and Wesley.

For more information about chapel/convocation, contact Ed Pavy, director of campus ministries, at (270) 789-5227 or

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,310 students who represent 100 Kentucky counties, 32 states and 28 foreign nations. CU has been listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” 15 consecutive years and is number 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” for 2008. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his ninth year as president.

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