Dr. Warrick L. Carter

President,
Columbia College Chicago

2000 - 2013


Warrick L. Carter became President of Columbia College Chicago in 2000. He received a B.S. from Tennessee State University followed by advanced study in percussion at the Blair Academy of Music at TSU, a Master's degree Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in music education from the school in 1970.

He served as assistant professor and director of bands at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, teaching at the institution while completing his doctoral studies. At Governors State University, where he served from 1971 to 1984, he began as a professor of music and was promoted to chairman of the division of fine and performing arts. He then spent twelve years at Berklee College of Music in Boston, serving as dean of faculty and then as provost/vice president of academic affairs. He then spent four years as Director of Entertainment Arts for Walt Disney Entertainment. At Disney, he was responsible for developing global education and live arts programs.

He is an educator, composer and performer. In addition to his academic appointments, he has taught in East Lansing, Michigan and Chattanooga, Tennessee and has consulted on music and arts education and minority issues in the arts for organizations worldwide. His projects have included work with the Wisconsin Music Educators, the Michigan Council for the Arts, the Philadelphia Public Schools, the Los Angeles Board of Education, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Minister of Culture, Paris, France.

He has published and lectured on the arts, music education, jazz, and African American music history and culture at such institutions as Northwestern University, California State University, University of Santa Catarina in Brazil, and at international conferences.

As a composer and performer, Dr. Carter has an international reputation. He has created commissioned works for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Chicago Symphony Orchestral Association and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. His recordings are on Mark and Capital records and his live performances include work with the Boston Pops Jazz Quartet, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Billy Taylor, Clark Terry, Donald Byrd. He has played at several collegiate and regional jazz festivals and in 1973 performed at the International Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland.

He is a two-time recipient of the National Black Music Caucus Achievement Award and a member of the International Jazz Educators Hall of Fame.

Dr. Carter currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the International House of Blues Foundation, Rotary International and on the Advisory Boards of Interlochen, New City Bank, the Lincoln Library, and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. He also serves as an International Advisor to the Jikei Group in Osaka, Japan. Dr Carter was the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Panel for three years and the executive director of the National Black Music Caucus for ten years.