Former Buffalo Resident Dr. Melody Carter Honored at Clayton State University

Former Buffalo resident Dr. Melody Carter was honored at Clayton State University  in Georgia during Women’s History Month, where she serves as Special Assistant to the President, Chief Sponsored Research and Programs.    

She previously served as Vice President for External Affairs and Executive Director of the FVSU Foundation, Inc. at Fort Valley State University. As the university’s chief advancement and development officer, she oversaw the administration of sponsored programs representing more than 52 million dollars in multi-year external funding.  

Earlier in her career, Dr. Carter led Talent Search and Upward Bound programs at Canisius College and Buffalo State College, respectively.  She also taught research methodology to undergraduates preparing for graduate school through the Ronald McNair Post baccalaureate program also at Buffalo State College.    

Dr. Carter’s expertise also includes scholarly research in the field of social and cultural foundations of education. To this end, she has published research on African American women’s access to college in the United States. Additionally, her published research has addressed students’ perceptions of institutional caring as a factor of retention.  Guiding her work is an abiding commitment to serve historically underrepresented youth who aspire to pursue and complete postsecondary schooling.   

Dr. Carter is the recipient of various professional and community service awards, and is a member of several civic organizations to include Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated. 

A native of Buffalo, she  earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Science degree in student personnel administration at Buffalo State College. Her Ph.D. in sociology of education, with a concentration in higher educational leadership and policy, was awarded by the State University of New York at Buffalo. 

She is the daughter of Gloria Pearson of Buffalo.

Congratulations Dr. Carter!