OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has removed the interim tag from Keith Carter’s title by officially naming him the school’s athletic director.
Carter had been working as Ole Miss’ interim athletic director since Ross Bjork’s departure in May. Bjork had been Ole Miss’ athletic director for seven years before leaving for the same position at Texas A&M.
“In my time as a student athlete and an administrator, I haveexperienced championship heights at Ole Miss, and I will work to provide theleadership and resources necessary for our teams to compete at that level yearin and year out,” Carter said Friday in a university release.
Chancellor Glenn Boyce will formally introduce Carter at a Fridayafternoon news conference.
“This search was committed to finding the right leader whopossesses the integrity and character needed to lead Ole Miss athletics, astrong and proven record of success and excellent management and interpersonalskills,” Boyce said in a release. “We were looking for someone whowants to be at Ole Miss, and who believes all of our programs can compete andwin at every level. Keith Carter is absolutely the best person to lead Ole MissAthletics to a new era of success.”
Carter is a former four-year starter for Ole Miss’ basketball teamwho helped the Rebels win Southeastern Conference Western Division titles in1997 and 1998. He was a first-team Associated Press all-SEC selection andearned honorable mention on the AP All-America team as a senior in 1999.
He received a unanimous recommendation from a search committee that was chaired by Ole Miss alum and retired FedEx executive Mike Glenn. Former Ole Miss and NFL quarterback Archie Manning served in an advisory role to the committee and Boyce during the search process.
Carter joined Ole Miss’ athletic department in September 2009. Hisjobs have included overseeing the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation, serving aschief revenue officer and working as deputy athletic director for developmentand resource acquisition.
Ole Miss officials say the athletics foundation had its fourhighest years of donations under Carter’s guidance.
“Keith Carter knows Ole Miss Athletics well after severalyears on Ross Bjork’s leadership team, and he is already held in high esteem byADs around the SEC,” Manning said in a statement. “In short, KeithCarter offers the complete package to enjoy a long and successful run, and I amthrilled about the future of Ole Miss Athletics under Keith’s leadership.”