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Millsboro Doctor
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William A. Carter Given
Order of the First State

FRANKFORD -- Millsboro resident Dr. William A. Carter received the highest gubernatorial honor when he was presented the Order of the First State by First Lady Martha S. Carper at Frankford Elementary School on Friday, Oct. 20, 2000.

The Order of the First State is the highest honor a governor can present to a citizen of Delaware. It is awarded to those who have significantly enhanced the quality of life for residents of Delaware.

Dr. Carter was a founding father of Delaware Technical & Community College and served on the college's board of trustees from 1966 to 1969 and again from 1973 to 1983. A decorated World War II veteran, Dr. Carter spent most of his professional career with the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.

He has also served on numerous state, regional and national boards and commissions, including the Delaware Higher Education Commission, the Delaware Council on Public Health Care, the Governor's State Goals Commission, the National Commission for the Support of Public Schools, and the Philadelphia-based Research for Better Schools, of which he was a founding member.

In 1998, Dr. Carter received his doctoral degree from Berne University, where his dissertation focused on a concept for placing used computers in classrooms to assist and compliment the overall learning achievement.

Coined the Teacher Assistance Program, that idea is now being used in the Indian River School District. TAP is now in the startup phase at Frankford Elementary and in its fifth year as a pilot program at Lord Baltimore Elementary School. Since Delaware begain statewide testing in 1998, the TAP pilot class scores have consistently ranked among the highest in the state.

"Throughout his life, Dr. Carter has continuously pledged his strong commitment to better education for Delawareans," said Gov. Carper, who couldn't attend the ceremony because he was in Missouri for the funeral of Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan. "His unmatched leadership and tremendous energy helped lead to the evolution of Delaware Technical and Community College and today. Dr. Carter is still pioneering educational progress with the Teacher Assistance Program. I salute Dr. Carter's tireless efforts, which have earned him the Order of the First State."

The ceremony attracted more than 250 people on Friday. Speakers included Dr. James R. Soles, chairman of the Delaware Technical & Community College board of trustees; Lois M. Hobbs, superintendent of the Indian River School District; and Dr. Jacquelyn Ol Wilson, principal of Lord Baltimore Elementary School. Dr. Carter's wife of 57 years, Ann, was also in attendance.


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