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Dr. Dedric A. Carter will begin his duties as Vice Chancellor for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development & Chief Innovation Officer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by November 1, 2023.

Dr. Carter has been a leader at Washington University in St. Louis since 2013, serving as a Vice Chancellor and officer since 2016. His roles have included service as the Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Chief Commercialization Officer at Washington University in St. Louis, where his faculty appointments are as professor of engineering practice at the McKelvey School of Engineering and professor of practice in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the John M. Olin School of Business. In this capacity has responsibility for the entrepreneurship, innovation and commercialization portfolios at the University and teaches courses in systems applications to technical, business, and policy issues with an emphasis on the entrepreneurial process, innovation, and new venture creation. Dr. Carter was the founding Co-principal investigator of the $5M grant supporting the Missouri Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in STEM program.

Prior to joining Washington University, he served as the senior advisor for strategic initiatives in the Office of the Director at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) in addition to serving as the executive secretary to the U.S. National Science Board executive committee.

In 2021 Dr. Carter was appointed chair of the Missouri Technology Corporation by Governor Parson where he has been an appointed member and elected vice chair since 2017.  During his time at MIT the MIT budget grew to $125M fund for investment in new ventures and entrepreneurial infrastructure in the state of Missouri.

Dr. Carter has been an assistant dean of Engineering at MIT, a senior principal consultant in IT strategy and management, and an entrepreneur, having helped to start a venture backed company with a presence in the US and UK, and investor/advisor. Dr. Carter has an undergraduate and graduate degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University.