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Kathryn Carter

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Kathryn Carter, Ph.D. Professor

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Accounting from Texas A&M University


Kathy Carter is currently serving as Interim Dean at the Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Prior to serving in this role, she was Vice Provost for Graduate and International Programs and Strategy and Dean of the Manning School of Business at UMass Lowell. An anomaly among business deans, she held and enjoyed her dean position for 19 years, well beyond the four-year average. She remains energized and committed to public higher education and UMass student learning and continuous improvement in her new role at Dartmouth. 

Carter holds a Ph.D. in accounting and an MBA from Texas A&M University, and a BSBA from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She taught in the field of accounting for 12 years prior to becoming dean and has experience in public accounting. 

As dean, she was committed to leading and advancing the Manning School of Business in new program development including new programs with global partners in China, Japan, India, Kuwait and South Africa. Carter strived to assist the faculty in the development and delivery of relevant, high quality business education, research and outreach. 

Carter remains focused on the continued development and delivery of strong and differentiated programs across the university that are enriched by experiential learning opportunities. She remains committed to the UMass culture that values transformative educational programs and experiences supported by relevant research, industry partnerships and global awareness. 

Her research is in the areas of higher education management strategy, quality and assessment, and corporate income measurement. Carter’s commitment to continuous improvement and high quality business education is evidenced by her participation on numerous AACSB peer review teams in all capacities over her career and her continued involvement in developing new programs, creating relevant experiential learning opportunities, and building global educational partnerships that are designed to provide high quality faculty and student experiences. 

Although an administrator for most of her career, Carter considers herself to be primarily an educator. She remains focused on developing or aligning disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs with workforce development, identifying and developing strategic partnerships, and expanding experiential opportunities for students appropriate to their academic fields.