INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College has selected Robert Carter to serve as the college’s Executive Director of Statewide Security & Safety. He will begin his position June 3.
Carter most recently served as Director of the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) where he managed over 1,000 full-time employees and was the main point of contact to the Indiana General Assembly, Congressional Delegation and the US Department of Interior, as well as the US Army Corps of Engineers and the National Resources Conservation Services (NRCS).
Carter also served on the Indiana Counter Terrorism and Security Council and was a key player in the streamlining of DNR permit efficiency. In addition, he was an integral part of the Governor’s Healthy River Initiative and has acquired and protected over 50,000 acres of land and recreational trails.
Carter has also previously served as Director of DNR’s Division of Law Enforcement where he had the responsibility of leading over 200 officers and civilians. While serving in this position, Carter restored a relationship and culture of trust within the DNR Division by meeting face-to-face with officers in each operational district. He also restructured the Division to create cost savings and efficiencies by maximizing the use of civilians in key administrative functions as opposed to sworn officers.
Prior to his work with the DNR, Carter spent 16 years serving in the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. He was twice elected Sheriff in both 1998 and 2002 and was the youngest elected Sheriff in Indiana at age 32.
Carter earned his Associate of Science in Criminal Justice from Ivy Tech Community College and will complete his Bachelor of Science in Public Safety from Franklin University in June. He also graduated with honors from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.