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Ole Miss Commits To Keith Carter After National AD Search

Carter while overseeing the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation saw monetary commitments nearly triple
Photo: KEITH CARTER
Carter while overseeing the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation saw monetary commitments nearly triple
Photo: KEITH CARTER
Carter while overseeing the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation saw monetary commitments nearly triple
Photo: KEITH CARTER

Ole Miss officially promoted interim AD Keith Carter to the role full time, and alum Mike Glenn, who chaired the AD search committee, "expressed confidence in Carter all-around and in working with coaches specifically," according to Parrish Alford of the Northeast Mississippi DAILY JOURNAL. Carter, who was introduced Friday, has "cut his teeth in fund-raising" since '09 at Ole Miss. Glenn said that Collegiate Sports Associates President Todd Turner, whose firm helped with the search, told him, "It’s a good thing you hired (Carter) because I would have had him placed within six months." Carter’s promotion gives Ole Miss employees a chancellor, football coach and AD "all with strong ties to the school" (Northeast Mississippi DAILY JOURNAL, 11/23). In Mississippi, Nick Suss noted Carter had filled the AD role in an interim capacity since May, when Ross Bjork left to take the same job at Texas A&M. Previously, as Ole Miss Athletics Foundation Exec Dir, Carter saw "monetary commitments and donation nearly triple" from $62 to $182M. In his tenure as interim AD, Carter "approved alcohol sales at on-campus sporting events." Glenn said that the committee "selected from a pool of 30 candidates, most of whom were sitting Power 5 or Group of 5 athletics directors" (Jackson CLARION LEDGER, 11/23).