Early in the morning or late at night, if you were on the campus of Winston-Salem State University, you would see her, not always knowing who she was or what she did. For those that did know who Dr. Merdis McCarter was and what she meant to WSSU, she was viewed with wonder and amazement.
Dr. McCarter, in her famous low-key style, recently said farewell to WSSU after serving the institution for than 40 years. She officially retires Aug. 1. After serving in nearly every senior administrative position except Chancellor, McCarter leaves a legacy of accomplishment and service that others would be hard pressed to copy. In her last assignment, she served as WSSU’s senior associate provost for Academic Affairs.
A number of faculty and staff, including Chancellor Reaves, spoke glowingly about Dr. Mc Carter’s contributions, her impact and her influence on WSSU. Chancellor said during his comments that of the sentiments expressed, including his own that, “They are extended with a deep sense of gratitude for your many years of service to Winston-Salem State University, and with a tremendous sense of sorrow at your retirement.”
Dr. McCarter noted that among her proudest accomplishments was helping to implement master’s programs and the university’s first doctoral program.
She said of her experience at WSSU, “This has been a good experience for me. I never thought of coming to Winston-Salem State as work, because my work and my life were so intertwined over the years.”
Thank you Dr. McCarter for all you have done for WSSU and for all you have meant to the people you have worked with over the years.