USC Upstate Chancellor Candidate: Dr. Dedric Carter


Dr. Dedric Carter (credit: USC Upstate Communications)


On Thursday, Dr. Dedric Carter visited USC Upstate’s campus and sat down with students and faculty to discuss the Chancellor opening and his vision for the position. Dr. Carter serves as vice chancellor for operations & technology transfer at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also a professor of engineering practice in the department of electrical and systems engineering at the Washington University in St. Louis McKelvey School of Engineering.


In the open forum, Carter spoke about excellence, and how that comes from four factors: people, purpose, position, and place. He believes that true excellence is reached when all of those factors are cultivated and invested in. He also spoke of his desire to increase innovation and expansion of resources available to students and faculty.


Carter highlighted the importance of exposing students beyond the classroom. He believes there are many opportunities to partner with businesses in the Upstate and Spartanburg. He spoke about how he envisions a campus that is “inclusive” and stressed the importance of “developing and retaining talent in the I-85 corridor.” Not only did he emphasize exposing students outside of the classroom, he also stressed the importance of developing new ways to engage students by cultivating new resources to the campus community.


Carter also emphasized re-building trust in higher education by “building bridges from the university, to the community.” To him this comes from being data driven and data informed. He also emphasized that USC Upstate needs to push for innovative pedagogical practices and increased efficiency.


Carter received an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, and a PhD in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. He also studied as a senior executive fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


Carter is also an active member of the St. Louis community serving as an immediate past board member of Venture Café STL , Academy of Sciences St. Louis, St. Louis Art Museum, Junior Achievement of St. Louis, University City Children’s Center, and the Rep (vice president) in addition to serving as a board observer for the Cortex Innovation Community.

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