Bo Carter, who has more than 43 years in college media relations, is the new student media adviser and an adjunct mass communications instructor at Texas Wesleyan University. He previously served as the student media advisor at Texas Woman’s University from 2009 to 2013.
"It is a real privilege and honor to be working at Texas Wesleyan,” Carter said. The tradition of the University, world-class student body and administration – plus the dedication to student success – make this an ideal place to labor and learn."
He has extensive sports experience, including working as a consultant and columnist with the National Football Foundation since Aug. 2006. Carter was with the Big 12 Conference for 10 years and the Texas Collegiate League in 2006.
A native of Sheffield, Ala., and 1974 cum laude graduate in classics at Vanderbilt, he has been associated with conference and school athletics media relations since 1970.
He was named to the College Sports Information Directors Hall of Fame in July 2005 and completed a master’s degree in journalism at the University of North Texas in Aug. 2006.
While he was a student at Vanderbilt, he served as an assistant in athletics media relations from 1970 to 1974 and also interned with the Nashville TENNESSEAN. He was a staff sports writer at the Vanderbilt student newspaper with future writing luminaries Skip Bayless, John (Joe Bob Briggs) Bloom, publisher Walt Potter, author Irv Muchnick, and Don Hemke. He later worked fulltime for the TENNESSEAN; covered Vanderbilt baseball and freshman/JV football/basketball and was a writer for the Vanderbilt yearbook.
In 1974, he moved to Mississippi State University as assistant sports information director (1974-1978) under Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame legend the late Bob Hartley. Carter became SID at State from 1978 to 1986 and was also sports editor for MSU magazine. In 1986 he was chosen as the final director of media relations for the Southwest Conference and was promoted to assistant commissioner in 1995. From 1996 to 2006, he was director of media relations, assistant commissioner, sports information director, and historian for the Big 12 Conference.
He is married to Dr. Joanne Pryor-Carter, noted are Hospice bereavement coordinator and past vice president of Texas/New Mexico Hospice Organization.