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New President Selected to Lead Doane

Dr. Carter

Doane College has selected a longtime faculty member and administrator from the University of New England (UNE) to be Doane's next leader. 

On Friday, May 6, Doane's Board of Trustees announced that Dr. Jacque Carter, UNE's provost and vice president of Academic Affairs for the past five years, will serve as Doane's 12th President.

"I've had a few hours to enjoy the fact that I will be the next president and I couldn't be happier," Carter said. "I think Doane is a college on the move. When my wife and I arrived on campus, we found everything we were expecting to find and more in terms of energy, talent and excitement."

Carter officially begins his term as the president of Doane's three campuses on July 1. Current President Jonathan Brand ends his six-year tenure June 30 to become the Cornell College president.

Dr. Carter received his BS and MS from Northern Illinois University in Biological Sciences and his Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary in Marine Sciences. 

After three years as a conservation research fellow in Belize for Wildlife Conservation Society, he began his academic career teaching biology at Bucknell University in 1987. He joined the University of New England faculty in 1989, becoming dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1998.

For the past five years he managed internal administrative operations of UNE. He brings a broad background of experiences and accomplishments. At UNE he helped secure significant grants and gifts, expanded study abroad and academic partnerships overseas, established a Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology and an office of International Programs, and also launched successful online programs.

The search for a new Doane president spanned the last seven months and narrowed from an initial field of over 50 qualified applicants to three finalists who visited campus in the last few days.

"On behalf of the Search Committee, we are thrilled that Dr. Carter has accepted our offer and look forward to him and his wife, Judy, joining the Doane College community," said Jill A. Smith, vice president of Doane's Board of Trustees and Presidential Search Committee Chair.

Carter and his wife, Judy, live in Kennebunkport, Maine. They have a son and a daughter.

Carter said he and his wife look forward to the chance to engage with the Crete community and to get to know the Lincoln and Grand Island communities as well, which are home to Doane's non-traditional and graduate campuses.

Doane has made considerable strides forward in its strategic goals, Carter said, and he feels fortunate to have an opportunity "to lead a college in such a strong position."

It's also a college that felt like home, he said.

"My wife and I both commented flying back on the plane that we felt a real connection to the campus. It fit like a glove."