Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

September 06, 2016
Michael Carter Appointed Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Southwestern Law School

Dean Susan Westerberg Prager today announced the appointment of Michael Carter as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Southwestern Law School, effective October 10, 2016. A prominent senior education leader with 18 years’ experience in higher education and nonprofit administration, Carter is currently the Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). 


“Michael Carter is a remarkable blend of infectious energy with an unusual and impressive breadth of experience where he has again and again demonstrated his effectiveness,” Dean Prager said. “And without question, he is a person who gets a lot done, and done thoughtfully.” 

Michael Carter is a native Angeleno, a father, husband, and dedicated education professional. He is projected to earn his Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership from UCLA this fall. Dean Prager added that for a number of years now, “Michael has been serving as Chief Advisor, Digital Media Development & Strategy for the Golden Globe Awards -- making it likely that he will form instant connections with Southwestern’s widely recognized program in entertainment and media law and our Biederman Institute.” 

As Southwestern’s new Chief Operating Officer, Carter will oversee all operational business and support activities and budget management, and will provide leadership and managerial oversight for law school staff and vendors across a wide range of areas including: finance, financial aid, information technology, human resources, student housing, risk management and insurance, auxiliary and event services, public affairs, business operations, fitness center, parking, facilities, capital projects and real estate investments. He will also work closely with the Dean, other Deans, key faculty committees and the Board of Trustees as Southwestern plans for its future.

"I look forward to working with Dean Prager, the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and students at Southwestern to cultivate and support a culture where high-functioning, mission-focused teams collaborate across the institution to support student success and academic excellence,” 

Carter said. “I am also very excited to work with the amazing team at Southwestern to develop new strategies to expose more people to the wonderful opportunities that exist at Southwestern." 

In his position as Vice President, Chief Operating Officer at CalArts, Carter has provided leadership and managerial oversight for all operational departments including information technology, human resources, payroll, student housing, buildings and grounds, construction management, campus security, environmental health and safety, and central services. He joined CalArts in 2008 after eight years as the Chief Technology Officer at the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles. At AFI, he led the application development team and served as the Institute’s chief technical architect. Prior to joining AFI, he led the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center web application team that was responsible for all web development and system architecture for the hospital. 

Carter serves on the Finance and Investment Committees of the Board of Trustees of the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. He has also served as a consultant to the government of New Zealand and to leaders in higher education within the U.S. 

Carter earned an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Computer Information Systems from Loyola Marymount University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and ranked as the number one graduate in his major. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership Program at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. 

The position of COO was previously held by the much revered Janice Manis, who retired in 2015 after 34 years of service, during which time she was responsible for hiring and training hundreds of Southwestern staff members and, among her many achievements, planned and executed the award-winning historic restoration and adaptation of the Bullocks Wilshire Building and the construction of the law school’s on-campus student residential complex.