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Jarrett Carter (He, Him, His)

Director of Operations, Strategy & Communications

  • Office of the Chief Operating Officer


Jarrett Carter Sr. is the founding editor of the HBCU Digest (2010-2021) and worked with dozens of historically Black institutions, higher education advocacy groups, corporations, and nonprofit organizations to foster stronger ties between the HBCU sector and diverse industries. As a corporate communications and higher education subject matter expert, he specializes in crisis and external communications, executive search, programmatic development, and constituent relations.

As a reporter, Carter covered every significant legislative, financial and policy-based action impacting America's HBCUs between over a career spanning 12 years. He was the authoritative fact-gathering and editorial voice on issues concerning accreditation action, federal guidance on Title IX policy, appropriations, cultural phenomena, and leadership trends. In print, he has been featured in Black Enterprise, Ebony Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Economist, the Huffington Post, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, in addition to dozens of industry publications and local news affiliates. In broadcast, he has been a featured expert on CNN, MSNBC, Huffington Post and NBC.

As a consultant, Carter has worked with historically Black institutions and supporting organizations in functions ranging from executive searches to crisis communications and strategic plan development, to faculty and student training in leadership engagement and outreach. His client list includes the United Negro College Fund, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, Alcorn State University, Bennett College, Howard University, Kentucky State University, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, the Congressional Black Caucus, the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Society of Human Resource Management, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Executive Leadership Council.

In private industry and government, his stops as communications lead and spokesperson include Morgan State University, Volunteers of America, BGE, and Howard County Government. 

A native of Seat Pleasant, MD, Carter's expertise areas include accreditation, crisis and external communications development, faculty and student engagement, recruitment, legislative lobbying and monitoring, corporate engagement and relationship building, media training, and academic program assessment and development. He is married to Dr. La Keita D. Carter and the father of four beautiful children.

Education & Expertise


Bachelor of Arts

Morgan State University

Master of Science

Communications Management
Towson University