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CARTER, SHELBY H., JR. Distinguished Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin. Shelby H. Carter, Jr. is an influential figure in American and International business. During his diverse career, he has distinguished himself as a senior corporate executive, a recognized educator, and a successful founder and developer of promising new companies. Today, Mr. Carter divides his time among teaching, community activities and his business interests, including service as a Board member of "start-up", mid-size and Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Carter's teaching responsibilities are centered at The University of Texas, where he is an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Business and the College of Business Administration. The zeal, enthusiasm and experience Shelby brings to education is reflected in the numerous teaching awards conferred by his colleagues and students alike. Mr. Carter was named Outstanding Professor in 1986 by Alpha Kappa Psi, the oldest honorary professional fraternity. In 1987, he was named Outstanding Professor by the American Marketing Association, and was again named Outstanding Professor for 1989 by Alpha Kappa Psi. In May 1990, Mr. Carter was awarded the Outstanding Professor in the Graduate School of Business by the Graduate Student Council. In 1991, Alpha Kappa Psi created a special award for him, naming him the Business School's Outstanding professor and citing him for unprecedented service to the College. He has been selected by UTmost Magazine as one of the University's ten best professors in 1987 and 1990, and was singled out in the 1991 Business Week survey as being among the most effective MBA faculty at Texas. In addition, the Cactus yearbook has featured Shelby Carter as "Business Professor of the Year" in the 1992 edition. The March 1992 UTmost Magazine elected Mr. Carter to their "first" Best Professor Hall of Fame. His selection was based on Texas Excellence in Teaching Awards, departmental awards and the course evaluations of the students for the last seven years. In May, 1992, Dean Robert E. Witt announced Mr. Carter's selection by the C.B.A. Teaching Excellence Awards Committee for the 1991-1992 Hank and Mary Harkins Foundation Award for Effective Teaching in Large Undergraduate Classes. The students of the American Marketing Association honored Mr. Carter in May 1993, naming him U.T.'s Best Undergraduate Professor. In December of 1993, Mr. Carter was again awarded the Outstanding Professor in the Graduate School of Business by the Graduate Student Council. Professor Carter received the Texas Excellence Teaching Award in 1998 and was inducted into the CBA Hall of Fame. In teaching at the Graduate School of Business, Shelby draws on his diverse business experience and his current duties as a director of both "development-stage" and established companies. He has encountered "first-hand" a myriad of business issues and the challenges which often serve as lessons in his classroom. In 1985, he co-founded the pioneering computer networking company, SynOptics Communications, Inc. Under his stewardship as Chairman of the Board, SynOptics "went public" and grew rapidly, entering the ranks of the Fortune 500 in less than ten years from its founding. In 1994, SynOptics merged with Wellfleet Communications to form Bay Networks, Inc. where Mr. Carter continues his service Founder-Lead Director. Prior to assuming his current responsibilities, Mr. Carter rose to the senior management ranks of Xerox Corporation, from which he retired in 1985. His career included numerous professional honors, such as being named one of "The Ten Greatest Salespersons" in the book of the same name by Robert Shook. With Xerox, Mr. Carter rose to the position of Corporate Vice President and General Sales Manager of its Worldwide Operations. He also served as a member of the Corporate Management Committee. Mr. Carter graduated from The University of Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and attended Law School at The University of Texas and the University of Maryland. He served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1953 to 1956, with his last two years as aide-de-camp to the Commanding General of the Second Marine Division. Mr. Carter's current board commitments include the College of Business Administration Foundation Advisory Council of The University of Texas; and the Chancellor's Council of the University of Texas System. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the Business School in January 1986; and in 1998, was named a Distinguished Alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Carter serves on the board of Input/Output (I/O NYSE), as Vice-Chairman of Vital Signs Software, and as Director of TechWorks, Inc., and Pervasive Software, Inc. (PVSW NASDAQ).

Teaching Awards

Teaching Excellence Award1998
The College of Business Administration's Hall of Fame1997