Dr. Meredith Lee Carter of Carmel, Indiana passed away on September 5, 2023 surrounded by his family and his loving wife of 60 years. He was born on a small farm on May 27, 1936 in Cutler, Indiana to Leona and Cleon Carter. He was the first of fourteen children. A lifelong supporter of Ivy Tech, Meredith championed Ivy Tech everywhere he went.
A basketball star at Cutler high school, he received a scholarship to Butler University where he became known affectionately as "Stretch". During college he worked at the Indiana State House where he met the love of his life Nellie Elizabeth Carter (Karnes). They were married on December 22, 1962.
He received a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Butler and eventually earned his Doctorate in Educational Administration from Ball State. After his tenure as a biology teacher and an administrator, he became the Academic Dean of Ivy Tech in 1971 and later became the Vice President/Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis from 1983-2004.
Dr. "Stretch" Carter imparted his wisdom and knowledge to countless numbers of students, preparing them for promising futures. He consulted with business leaders and government officials, developing cooperative relationships with business, industry, educational institutions and state and local government. He was able to foster agreements with Indiana University and Purdue as well as other local and international colleges. He helped to make Ivy Tech Community College into a thriving educational hub.