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Lisle C. Carter

lisle c. carter
Lisle Carleton Carter Jr November 18, 1925 - September 10, 2009, a prominent American administrator who worked for civic organizations, educational institutions and the federal government, was the first President of the University of the District of Columbia UDC


  • 1 Early life and education
  • 2 Legal, government and academic career
  • 3 Personal
  • 4 References
  • 5 Selected publications
  • 6 External links

Early life and education

Carter was born in New York City and spent most of his childhood in Barbados His father, Lisle Carter Sr, was a prominent Harlem dentist, and his mother, Eunice Carter, was the first black woman district attorney in the state of New York Carter graduated from high school at age 15, and from there spent two years at Cazenovia College He later graduated from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, then served in the Army for two years before receiving a law degree from St John's University in New York

Legal, government and academic career

Carter was Executive Director of the Washington Urban League in the mid-1950s, and later worked for the National Urban League in New York He entered government as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare under the Kennedy Administration He later became an Assistant Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, and then became Assistant Secretary of HEW under the Johnson Administration, becoming one of the highest-ranking African Americans in that department before leaving in 1968

He later became a Vice President at Cornell University, and spent three years as Chancellor of the Atlanta University Center, a consortium of historically black colleges in downtown Atlanta, before becoming President of UDC in 1977

After leaving UDC, Carter returned to practice law in Washington He retired in the early 1990s as general counsel of the United Way

Carter was a past board chairman of the Children's Defense Fund, a nonprofit child advocacy organization, and served on the board of the Kettering Foundation, a science, education and international and urban affairs research foundation He was a trustee for Georgetown University, Dartmouth College, the Pension Rights Center and the Aspen Institute


Carter's first wife, Emily Elizabeth Ellis, died in 1989 In 1991, he married art historian and author Jane Livingston Carter had five children with his first wife, one of whom is author and Yale Law professor Stephen L Carter


  1. ^ "Carter, Lisle C - Notable Black American Men, Book II | Encyclopediacom" wwwencyclopediacom Retrieved 2016-02-22 
  2. ^ "Obit: Lisle Carleton Carter Jr '45" Dartmouth Alumni News Retrieved 2017-04-16 
  3. ^ "Lisle Carter up for Atlanta U High Post" Jet XLIV 23: 7 August 30, 1973 Retrieved 2017-04-16 
  4. ^ PRC mourns the death of a longtime board member, Pension Rights Center September 25, 2009 Accessed 2017-04-16

Selected publications

  • Carter, Lisle C 1967–1968 "Law and the Urban Crisis" UCLA L Rev 15: 1135 

External links

  • Wiseman, Lauren September 25, 2009 "Lisle C Carter Jr, HEW Official, First UDC President, Dies" Washington Post Retrieved April 16, 2017 
  • Portrait of Lisle C Carter Jr, Getty Images

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