Dr. David G. Carter, the retired chancellor of the Connecticut State University System (CSUS) died after a valiant decades-long fight against an array of illnesses on March 17, 2018 in Mesa, AZ. A highly accomplished and widely respected educator and administrator, he was 75 and was a longtime resident of Mansfield and New Haven, CT. He was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Richard and Esther Carter. During his five years as Chancellor, Dr. Carter led the four-university system through its greatest expansion in academic, program and campus development. In his final year as chancellor in 2011, CSUS reached an all-time high of 36,629 students at its universities. Dr. Carter became the first African-American to lead a four-year institution of higher education in New England when he was selected to serve as President of Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) in 1988. During his 18-year tenure leading ECSU's campus, he boldly transformed a small campus with a limited number of degree offerings into an advanced and diverse educational haven - and meticulously realized his vision, building Eastern's reputation as "Connecticut's Public Liberal Arts University." The physical campus at ECSU was also strikingly remade under his leadership. With high-tech academic buildings including the Science Center, J. Eugene Smith Library, and Child Family Development Resource Center; Gelsi-Young Hall, a modern Public Safety Building and residence halls, the university campus took on an atmosphere of a traditional New England Village while enhancing the overall student experience. Dr. Carter was appointed chancellor of CSUS in February 2006. His experience as a public college president who worked closely and effectively with state government and the business community enabled him to lead an effort that resulted in the State providing funding for a $950 million commitment to update and upgrade the four campuses in the CSUS System. It was the most comprehensive expansion in the shared history of the universities, and a transformation that extended years after he retired and continues to benefit current students. Chancellor Carter is survived by his wife, Dr. Sandra C. Holley; former wife, Lena Smith Carter, Middletown, CT; two brothers, William (Iula) of Dayton, OH, and Joseph of Las Vegas, NV; four children: Ehrika Carter Gladden (Blayne) of San Jose, CA; Jessica F. Carter of Middletown, CT; Dr. David George Carter, Jr. (Jeni) of Toledo, OH; David M. Holley, of San Francisco, CA; and two beloved grandchildren, Hutchinson Lawrence and Ellis Catherine. He was predeceased by two brothers, James of Silver Springs, MD and Samuel of Dayton, OH. Friends and colleagues may send contributions in memory of Dr. Carter to The Michael Bolton Charities, Inc. (for Children and Women at Risk), P.O. Box 936, Branford, CT 06405, www.michaelboltoncharities.com
; Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, 103 Vision Way, Bloomfield, CT 06002, www.fidelco.org
; or the Shyaam Bachman Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, 10 Columbus Blvd., 8th Floor, Hartford, CT 06106, www.hfpg.org/shyaam
. A memorial celebration of the life of Dr. Carter will be held June 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at The First Cathedral, 1151 Blue Hills Avenue, Bloomfield, CT.
Published by Hartford Courant on Mar. 22, 2018.