In Memoriam: Warrick L. Carter, 1942-2017

Warrick L. Carter, the former president of Columbia College in Chicago, died on July 15 at his home in Sanford Florida. He was 75 years old.

Dr. Carter was a native of Charlottesville, Virginia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education at Tennessee State University and then studied at the Blair Academy of Music in Nashville. Later, Dr. Carter earned a master’s degree in music and a Ph.D. in music education from Michigan State University.

Dr. Carter was named president of Columbia College in 2000. He was the first African American to hold the post. He retired in 2013.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Carter served on the faculty and was director of bands at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Later, he was professor of music and chair of fine arts at Governors State University in Illinois and dean of the faculty, provost, and vice president of academic affairs at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.


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