Carter Named Executive Vice President for Student Success, University Counsel

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Eastern Kentucky University has named Laurie A. Carter as Executive Vice President for Student Success and University Counsel.

“Laurie Carter brings nearly 30 years of higher education experience to this position, including being the first Chief Legal Officer and Chief Student Affairs Officer in the history of The Juilliard School in New York City,” said EKU President Michael Benson. “We are thrilled to welcome her and her family to EKU. I have every confidence she will excel in both these roles and add much to our campus and community.”

She will join the University on Aug. 11.

After 25 years at Juilliard, where she held a series of progressively responsible positions, Carter was named Vice President for Arts Education at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark in April 2013. In that capacity, she was responsible for the strategic leadership, external relations and administrative management of the Center’s arts education programs.

Carter joined Juilliard in 1988 as Director of Student Affairs and went on to serve as the School’s Assistant Dean for Student Relations and Legal Adviser, Associate Vice President, Vice President for Legal and Student Affairs and, from 2006 to 2013, as Vice President and General Counsel and Executive Director of Jazz Studies.

Upon her move to the NJPAC, Joseph W. Polisi, President of The Juilliard School, called Carter “an exceptionally capable and innovative arts education leader.” Carl Allen, Artistic Director of Jazz Studies at Juilliard, said at the time that Carter “brings with her commitment, vision, passion, hard work, dedication, love, respect and wisdom in everything that she does.”

While at Juilliard, Carter created, implemented and oversaw diversity and inclusion initiatives; created, co-implemented and supervised the Juilliard Colloquium program for first-time college students; created an orientation program designed to introduce students to artistic life in the New York City; expanded career services and educational outreach programs; initiated an international student advisement program; created a student affairs program that included the design, construction and opening of a residence hall; and served as the member of the School’s “Planning for the 21st Century” Committee.

Prior to joining Juilliard, Carter was Residence Hall Director at William Paterson University and Director of Residence Life at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

She was featured in Corporate Counsel Magazine and twice in SuperLawyers Magazine. The New York County Lawyers Association named Carter “An Outstanding Woman of the Bar” in 2004.

Carter earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in communications from William Paterson College and a juris doctorate degree from Rutgers Law School

Published on July 31, 2014