Spotlight on Dr. John H. Carter
John H. Carter is a retired Vice President from AT&T (formerly BellSouth Corporation). In his final assignment at BellSouth, he was responsible for providing overall interdepartmental support to all segments of BellSouth Telecommunications. Specific duties included managing the cross departmental resource needs of the corporation including the development of long range human resources and corporate support financial planning; electronic commerce; information management; fleet management; corporate measurements; corporate safety; corporate quality; process improvement; and environmental management. He also managed the Human Resources and Corporate Services’ $900 Million dollar budget and coordinated the corporation’s $34 Million contingency fund for environmental remediation. He currently manages his own consulting firm, Carter & Carter, LLC which offers management consulting, facilitation, and executive coaching. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Strayer University and a course developer and seminar presenter for the Nonprofit University.
A native of Thomaston, Georgia, John holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Studies from Morris Brown College, a Master Degrees in Human Resources from the University of Utah and a Master of Management from the University of Southern California. He also earned the Doctor of Business Administration Degree from the California Coast University. He completed the Columbia University’s School of Business Executive Program in Business Administration as part of BellSouth’s Executive Continuity Program.
John is quite active in the community. He is the District Protocol Chairman for the Georgia District of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc and Co-chairman of the National Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Organizational Effectiveness Committee. At his church, Cascade United Methodist, he is a former member of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee and Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee, which awards over $100,000 annually. In the latter half of 1992, he was a Loaned Executive to the City of Atlanta and served as a Special Assistant to Mayor Maynard Jackson. He also served as the initial Project Manager for the Washington D. C. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. and supervised the passage of two laws authorizing the memorial, coordinated the site and design selection and raised over $15 million before turning the project over to a permanent staff. He has served on many boards over the years to include, the American Red Cross, American Lung Association, Georgia Business Roundtable, National Minority Purchasing Council, etc.
He has received many awards and honors for his services to his corporation and community. For example, he was named Morris Brown College Alumnus of the year; 1992 Alpha Phi Alpha State, Regional and National Brother of the Year; Who’s Who in America; Alpha Phi Alpha Presidential Award of Merit and BellSouth Services’ Presidential Award of Excellence. In 2008, he was named the Strayer University Professor of the Year for the Cobb County Campus. He was awarded the Provost’s Circle designation for 2011, which recognizes and rewards adjunct faculty who have demonstrated an exceptional and long-standing commitment to excellence in instruction. During the MLK Memorial Dedication Ceremony in 2011, he received the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Award of Merit, the highest award presented to a member of the organization.
John is married to the former Susan Gibson, and they are the parents of a son, Gregory L. Carter, and a daughter, Candace McKenney. He is especially proud of their six grandchildren.