The University of Nebraska Board of Regents has unanimously confirmed retired Rear Admiral Walter “Ted” Carter as the 8th president of the University of Nebraska system.
The 60-year old Carter, the immediate past superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, will begin transition work as NU’s president-elect in 2 weeks on the 16th and then take over on New Year’s Day from Interim President Dr Susan Fritz
A national search began in April when Hank Bounds resigned as president. The process included faculty, staff, students, alumni, leaders in agriculture and business, and Nebraskans across the state.
The Regents made Admiral Carter their priority candidate on Oct. 25, beginning a month-long review period that included his appearing at almost 30 public events in a dozen Nebraska communities.
Admiral Carter was unanimously supported by a 23-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee representing a range of university constituencies, and received votes of support from the student body president at each of the campuses.
Carter says he’s humbled to even have been considered because it’s a job he believes is one of the best in American higher education, adding that he and his wife Lynda are excited to call Nebraska their next home.
He says the time they’ve spent in the great state since being named the priority candidate has further convinced them that Nebraska is a place that can, and will, change the world – and that they can’t wait to get started.
Carter was superintendent Naval Academy from 2014 to 2019, the longest continuously serving superintendent in school history. As the Academy’s equivalent of a university president,he led 4,400 students and 1,500 faculty and staff and oversaw a $500 million budget.
Its Class of 2019 achieved a record-high graduation rate of 90% with Carter credited with significantly advancing diversity and inclusion. The Class of 2023 will be the first in the academy’s 173-year history where white men are no longer the majority with 28% women and 40% ethnic minorities.