Keith Carver Jr. (’95, ’09)

Category: Alumni Professional Achievement | Awards

2019 Alumni Professional Achievement Award Winner

Keith Carver is the 11th chancellor of UT Martin, serving since 2017. In his time as chancellor, he has developed a five-year strategic plan for university growth and increased overall headcount by almost 4 percent and freshman enrollment by nearly 9 percent. He has been integral in developing dual-enrollment partnerships with Jackson State Community College and Southwest Tennessee Community College, expanding education opportunities for West Tennesseans.

Carver earned his MS in college education in 1995 and his PhD in higher education administration in 2009 from UT Knoxville. He has worked with the UT System for 22 years and served as executive assistant to the UT president for six years before taking the post at UT Martin. He has held various positions in Knoxville, Martin, and Memphis, including interim vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis, assistant vice chancellor for development at UT Martin, and director of development and alumni affairs for the College of Law in Knoxville.

Carver has actively contributed to committees at UT, including serving on the UT Foundation Board, the UT Martin Chancellor’s Advisory Council, and the UT Alumni Association Strategic Planning Steering Committee. He also serves on the board of directors for the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the philanthropy committee of Tennessee Fury Basketball, and previously served as the major gifts chair for the Sequoyah Elementary Foundation.

A lifelong learner, Carver has completed numerous leadership development programs including Leadership Knoxville, WestStar Leadership Program, Leadership Weakley County, the UT Leadership Institute, and LeaderShape at the University of Illinois.

Carver and his wife, Hollianne, are the proud parents of a daughter, Carson, and two sons, Jack Thomas (J.T.) and Britton.