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Sherman Carter

Sherman Carter, vice president for Finance, UA photo 1981

Information was taken from the dedication program "Honoring Sherman Carter for a decade of service to the University of Alaska 1978-1988".

Sherman Carter was born on a Saturday, March 27, 1926 in American Fork, Utah. In 1945 Sherman's first career was selected for him when the U.S. Army drafted him as a private. His Army life included 11 years in the Army airborne; Korea with the 27th Infantry during the war; Fort Wainwright, 1962-65, as a batallion commander; and, finally, service in the Office of the Army Chief of Staff in Washington, D.C. At the age of 42, Sherman retired from 24 years of Army life with the rank of full colonel and a dedication to completed staff work.

He meshed his career as a nontraditional student with his army career earning a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Georgia, an M.B.A. in finance and comptrollership from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in finance from American University.

His career as a university administrator began in 1969 when he was hired as fiscal vice president of the University of Idaho, a position he held until 1978 when he was appointed vice president for finance at the University of Alaska. In 1980 he was appointed UA executive vice president and during his tenure with UA he also served as treasurer of the University of Alaska Foundation.

Sherman Carter painting located outside of the Sherman Carter Conference Room 204 in the Butrovich Building. Photo by Lesa Hollen

He played a vital role in the rebuilding of the University of Alaska statewide system since its financial difficulties in the mid-1970s by providing a reliable, constructive and stabilizing influence during a particularly difficult period, providing dynamic leadership as he loyally and faithfully served three university presidents, contributing significantly to improvements in the financial adminstration and to the UA's credibility by developing a financial system which has enabled the university to become a stronger and better institution.

Before embarking upon another career, Sherman, with his wife Nina, plans to rest and recharge in their homes on the Gulkana River in Alaska and the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii.

Sherman Carter Conference Room plaque. Photo by Lessa Hollen

UA Site named after Sherman Carter

Sherman Carter Conference Room

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