University of Nebraska President, Ted Carter, has been chosen as the next president of The Ohio State University. Carter, who previously served as the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy and as a vice admiral, will assume his new position in January 2024.
The decision to select Carter was unanimously made by The Ohio State University’s Board of Trustees, who lauded his integrity and experience. In response to his appointment, Carter expressed his humility and acknowledged the current challenges facing higher education.
Describing his departure from the University of Nebraska as “bittersweet,” Carter reassured that the institution is in capable hands. During his tenure, Carter received high praise for his work and was even awarded a $144,000 bonus. However, due to a budget shortfall, Carter plans to donate the bonus to charity.
Carter’s accomplishments at Nebraska are commendable. He successfully increased fundraising efforts, secured additional state funding, and implemented effective retention and research initiatives. Additionally, Carter played a key role in launching the Nebraska Promise program, enabling low-income Nebraskans to attend the university tuition-free.
Political observers credit Carter for his ability to bridge the political divide and advocate for higher education funding, although tensions between university spending and actions have risen in Nebraska’s increasingly conservative political landscape. Nevertheless, Carter steadfastly defended academic freedom when faced with attempts to ban critical race theory on university campuses.
Carter’s departure has initiated the process of selecting a new president for the University of Nebraska. Notably, figures such as U.S. Senator Deb Fischer and Congressman Mike Flood have praised Carter for his impactful legacy at Nebraska.
As Carter prepares to take on his new role at The Ohio State University, both the University of Nebraska and the broader higher education community eagerly await the announcement of his successor.