@CES spotlights Bill Carter
It has been 50 years since Bill Carter received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Clemson University, but he has never forgotten the role his alma mater played in his life.
“Clemson provided me with a great education,” Carter said. “I certainly wouldn’t be in the position that I am today if it weren’t for the help that I got from Clemson and the professors. It seemed natural to me that it would be a place where I’d like to give back.”
After Clemson, Carter went on to a successful 33-year career with ExxonMobil and started a family that now includes his wife, Gail, two daughters and two granddaughters.
He has shown his appreciation through several contributions. Most recently, he established the Class of 1965 Endowed Scholarship for Engineering and Science and encouraged several “Golden Tiger” classmates to support the new fund.
It wasn’t the first time that Carter has played an instrumental role in creating an endowment that does not bear his name.
Carter began contributing to Clemson in the late 1980s when he and his brother, Jim, established the James Roy Carter Jr. Endowed Presidential Scholarship in the name of their father.
“Dad was a Clemson graduate,” Carter said. “He had a great influence on me. He was a great dad. He put me on a path to honesty and hard work, so I’m very proud of him.”
Carter was also key in establishing the ExxonMobil Employees Chair in Engineering, now held by Georges Fadel. As a member of the Dean’s Leadership Circle, Carter has also supported the College of Engineering and Science Dean’s Excellence Fund.
Further, Carter hosted an alumni reception at the Kingwood Country Club in 2014 and has encouraged other Clemson graduates in the Houston area to stay connected with Clemson.
“The nation, states and many cities have got serious budget problems, and they aren’t going to be able to provide the public support to universities that maybe has been realized in the past,” he said.
“The contribution from donors is probably going to be of increasing importance to university administrations in accomplishing the goals they’ve set out for themselves.”
There’s no question that Bill is truly a Tiger through and through.