Marian  Carter
Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services
College of Health Sciences
Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services
Office:  CHS Building 1
Phone: 205-726-2611
Marian Carter has seen her life come full circle. "When I was in high school, I felt like God had called me to work in Christian education. What I thought that meant for me was to teach elementary children in a Christian school," she said. Carter took several education courses at Samford University before realizing teaching was not her passion. She eventually switched to interior design and ultimately had her own company. "I . . . enjoyed the work in the field but wondered how I had misunderstood God's path for my life." Carter had taken a position on her church's staff when a college friend told her about a job opening at Samford. She accepted the offer, and after obtaining her master's degree, she moved to Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. "It took several years after graduation to get there, but God's calling was not void. He placed me right where He wanted me to be--at Samford University in Christian education."

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ed.D., higher education administration, Union University
  • M.S., education administration, Samford University
  • B.A., interior design, cum laude, Samford University

Awards and Honors

  • Lamplighter Award (Nursing Service Award), 2010
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society


  • Faculty/Staff Traffic Citation Review Committee, 2009–present, Samford University
  • Chair Staff Advisory Committee, 2008–2010, Samford University
  • Member of Shades Mountain Independent Church since 1980
  • Member of choir and praise team at Shades Mountain Independent Church since 1980
  • Member of the school board at Shades Mountain Christian School, Hoover, Ala., 2011–2013