Ronald Carter


Ronald Carter, Ph.D. joined AGB Search as an executive search consultant in January 2018. Throughout his career in the United States and South Africa, Dr. Carter has been involved with numerous university executive searches. Dr. Carter has recently conducted and completed executive searches for:

  • The University of the District of Columbia – Dean of the School of Law
  • Lebanon Valley College (PA)  – Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Fayetteville State University (NC)  – Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

From 2008 to 2017, Dr. Carter served as President of Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), an historically black, undergraduate and graduate applied research university in Charlotte, North Carolina. As President of JCSU, he filled 90 executive, dean, faculty, and staff level positions. At the University of the Witwatersrand (1991-1997), he was part of ad hoc leadership and professional development teams that identified and hired individuals who could ensure the quality of the University’s mission during South Africa’s radical transformation. As Coker College’s Provost, he planned searches and chaired or served on search committees for many of the college’s executives, including chief financial officer, several directors, the head librarian, and more than 15 faculty members. Dr. Carter currently serves as a Presidential Sage in the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program, preparing senior leaders to serve American colleges and universities.

Dr. Carter’s expertise spans leadership development, executive coaching, team building, scenario planning, institutional advancement, and civic engagement.

Dr. Carter began his career at Boston University as the school’s youngest Dean of Students. As one of the first Black senior administrators at the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa), he expanded his higher education experiences through progressive leadership positions: Health Services Development Unit Senior Administrator, Deputy Registrar, and Dean of Students. In 1997 he returned to the United States as the Provost and Dean of Faculty at Coker College in Hartsville, SC.

A native of High Point, NC, Dr. Carter graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and philosophy. He earned his Master of Theology degree and Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion from Boston University.