Jim Carter 1975

Jim CarterDegree: Bachelor's degree in Biology from WIU, Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from NIU in 1980 and Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from NIU 1992

Business Information: Retired after a 34-year career in education as Science Department Chairperson at Glenbard East High School in Lombard, Illinois. Worked as a liaison with WIU student teachers for 3 years and currently working as the Chicago-land Leatherneck Club Coordinator. 

Advice for Freshman: The lessons learned and experiences gained both academically and socially at WIU will serve you well in the future. Make sure you not only immerse yourself in your course work, but also make the most of the opportunities to join the numerous groups and activities found at WIU!

Favorite WIU Memory: Going back to Thompson Hall in the dark after a late afternoon chemistry lab with the feeling that I was actually walking home! Eating dinner on the 18th floor of that dormitory provided me with some of the most picturesque views of the campus I have ever witnessed. Also, I will also never forget sitting with my future wife and Theta Chi Fraternity brothers at Hanson Field as a part of a record crowd of 19,850 vs. Central Michigan. The surrounding campus buildings were colorfully framed by the beautiful red, yellow, and orange leaves of autumn on that crisp day in the in the fall of 1973.

Family Information: My wife Debbie is a 1975 graduate of WIU and retired after teaching elementary education for 30 years. We have two daughters, Christie, who is a graduate of UW-Whitewater and currently teaching ELL in Milwaukee and Kelly, who is a 2009 graduate of WIU and currently teaching special education in Brookfield, Illinois. I am an avid follower of Leatherneck athletics and college sports in general. I spent my early years coaching track and basketball and dabbled some in softball as well.

Other thoughts:  WIU is an outstanding institution! It is our duty as alumni to let everyone know!