CU to Award Honorary Degree to Ruby Webb Carter

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 20 2006

CU to Award Honorary Degree to Ruby Webb Carter

Athens, W.Va. - Mrs. Ruby Webb Carter from Beckley will be awarded the doctor of education, honoris causa, at the 131 annual spring commencement at Concord University. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 13, 2006, and will be held in the Main Gymnasium of the Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center in Athens.

Mrs. Carter has long understood the significance of education. At a very early age, her parents instilled in her the importance of education and the difference that a lifetime of learning and teaching could make, not only in her life but also in the lives of others.

Mrs. Carter, a 1941 graduate of Concord College, received her master’s degree from West Virginia University. And, from that point, Ruby Webb Carter has dedicated her life to education. Ruby Carter’s career began at Institute School as a first grade teacher, and she taught in the public schools of Raleigh County for 41 years.

Her commitment to education is strong. She and her late husband, Leslie, established the Carter Family Foundation in 1981. The Carter Foundation’s mission is to support educational, religious and human service organizations. And, Ruby Webb Carter continues to carry out the goals of the Foundation, having supported numerous churches, educational institutions, and civic organizations throughout the Raleigh County area. Mrs. Carter’s love for and commitment to education is best depicted in a statement she recently made: “The Carter Family Foundation was founded on the basis of providing opportunities for the citizens of our area, and the philosophy has been manifested in a variety of ways, including scholarships for hundreds of capable students, and aid to our colleges. We all know that better educated teachers result in better educated students.”

The University’s athletic facility was renamed the Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center in 2001 in recognition and honor of the family’s support of teacher education at Concord.

As a convenience to those who will not be able to attend, the University will be providing the commencement ceremony on-line. Log on to and click on the graphic on the main page.

Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to the Commencement ceremony.

Call 1-304-384-5211 / 5288 or log on to and click on “Academics/Faculty” and “Commencement” for more information.