Hope Carter returns to Jackson to continue commitment to community

A love of community, a heart for service and an unrelenting commitment to excellence. Meet Hope Carter, the new vice president for institutional advancement at Millsaps College.

The job brought her back to Jackson, a city she believes in and has helped prosper.

Some of her most fond memories are serving as the 2004-2005 president of the Junior League of Jackson and president of the board of the Mississippi Children’s Museum.

Carter was at the heart of it when the junior league decided to take on a signature project to plan, develop and build a state-of-the-art children’s museum. It opened in December 2010 after a successful $26.6 million capital campaign.

“I consider my time in leadership within the Junior League of Jackson the primary training ground that put me on the path to what is now my career,” said Carter, a 1987 graduate of the University of Georgia.

 “As president of the junior league, I learned how to work with many volunteers, manage a complex organizational structure and saw firsthand how meaningful impact inspires an individual to give of their time and resources - all of this knowledge carries over into my role at Millsaps.”

Since settling in Jackson earlier this year, Carter said she’s renewed friendships from the years she lived here and made new ones.

“Jackson and Mississippi are special because of the great people who live here,” she said. “Millsaps College plays an important role in a city and state that have offered so much to me. The opportunities given to me in Jackson made such a big contribution in getting me to where I am today, that it seemed fitting to come full circle back to where I took on my first fund-raising project for the Hugh G. Ward Children’s playground at Parham Bridges Park in northeast Jackson.”


Carter brings to Millsaps 10 years of successful higher education advancement experience, most recently raising more than $48 million at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Former assistant vice president for development at Georgia State University, Carter previously worked as the senior director of development and was involved in institutional planning, marketing and communication, and fund-raising for the university, the College of Arts and Sciences, and its new College of the Arts.

From 2007 to 2012, Carter was a regional director of leadership and major gifts at the University of Georgia in Athens. Her work in that capacity involved the university’s annual fund, capital campaigns and planned giving programs.

At Millsaps, Carter provides strategic vision, leadership and planning for the college’s fund-raising efforts, donor relations and alumni outreach. She serves as a member of the executive staff, contributing to the overall institutional strategy and operations.

Her goals, she said, are to raise the visibility of the college, cultivate and engage more alumni and friends, and secure financial resources to fulfill the goals of the college.

From her work in higher education, Carter said she has learned that most people love their alma mater – and that’s certainly true of alumni of Millsaps.

“All people have passions that inspire their philanthropic support and finding those passions leads to transformational impact,” she said. “There are so many great things happening at Millsaps, and I’m excited about the opportunity to help tell the story of what we’re doing here and the impact it has on the Jackson metropolitan area and beyond.”

 Carter said her husband, Steve Carter Jr., plans to move to Jackson after their youngest child, Chip Carter, age 18, graduates from high school in May. They are also the parents of daughters Maggie (Carter) Reimherr of Atlanta, age 24, and Claire Carter of Oxford, age 22.


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