IRONTON, Ohio (Oct. 31, 2005) -- Ohio University alumnus David E. Carter spoke to more than 100 people on Oct. 21 at the dedication of the new David E. Carter Creativity Center at Ohio University Southern Campus in Ironton.
A native of nearby Flatwoods, Ky., he wanted to end his long and successful advertising career in the Tri-state by delivering a message to area students that "you do not have to be from a big city to succeed in this world."
Over his long career, Carter founded an advertising agency handling both local and national accounts, started a television production company, and authored over 100 books on corporate identity, graphics and advertising. He has received numerous awards and recognition in his field including several Clio and Emmy awards.
Higher education played an important role in Carter's life. He earned his bachelor's degree in advertising from the University of Kentucky, his master's degree from Ohio University's School of Journalism, and an MBA from Syracuse University. After receiving his MBA, he graduated from the three-year Owners-President Management program at the Harvard Business School.
Carter said, "Students should find a career they are passionate about," and he hopes that his example will inspire generations of young people to discover the potential that lies within them.
In addition to his collection, Carter donated funds to purchase several additional Apple Macintosh G5 computers to expand the existing multimedia lab. The lab serves students interested in multimedia, audio and video careers.
A model of Carter's office filled with his career memorabilia is on display in the Southern Campus' Electronic Media Department on the third floor of the Riffe Center. Among his many gifts are copies of his books, which are now on closed reserve in the Southern Campus library.
Carter also donated a 1950's lounge to the Electronic Media Department for use by faculty and staff. Once a part of his Ashland office, the lounge was moved to the first floor of the Riffe Center and renamed Tom's Place, in memory of late Ohio University professor, Thomas Turnbull, who Carter considered his mentor. At the dedication and tour of the new center attendees were treated to hot dogs in Tom's Place.
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