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Michigan State Names Warrick L. Carter Distinguished Alumnus

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Columbia College Chicago President Warrick L. Carter – a noted drummer, composer, and educator – was recently honored with Michigan State’s with the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award in October. The Distinguished Alumni Award is given annually to alumni who have distinguished themselves by obtaining the highest level of professional accomplishments and who possess the highest standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of MSU.

Carter was one of five individuals selected by the MSU Alumni Association Awards Committee to receive the award this year.

During his tenure as president of Columbia College since 2000, Columbia College has grown from about 8,000 students to more than 11,000 currently enrolled. Prior to joining Columbia, he was the Director of Entertainment Arts for Walt Disney Entertainment. During his time at Berklee College of Music he served as dean of faculty and then as provost/vice president of Academic Affairs. As a composer and performer Carter has created works for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Chicago Symphony Orchestral Association and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, has recorded on the Mark and Capital labels and performed in concert and at festivals worldwide.

To hear Dr. Carter speak about the honor of receiving the award and the growth of Columbia College Chicago under his leadership, a video is available on the college website here”

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