The University of South Carolina Upstate is pleased to announce Dr. Warren J. Carson has received the 2015 Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award for Overall Achievement from the University of North Carolina.
The Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award was established to recognize outstanding black alumni who have been stellar leaders within the University community and or within their local community. Carson will receive his award during the Light on the Hill Society Scholarship Awards Gala in Chapel Hill, N.C., on November 6, 2015.
Carson serves as the senior associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, chief diversity officer and Title IX coordinator at USC Upstate. In addition to his role as an administrator, he also teaches classes in English and African-American studies.
A Tryon, N.C., native, Carson earned his bachelor’s degree in English from UNC Chapel Hill in 1974. He continued his studies at Atlanta University, where he received his master’s degree in Afro-American Studies, and earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of South Carolina.
Carson has been an educator for more than 40 years, 32 of which have been spent at USC Upstate. He serves nationally as chief reader for the College Board’s Advanced English Placement Literature and Composition exams. He is a past president of the College Language Association and managing editor for the CLA Journal, a scholarly journal devoted to the study of language and literature.
In 2014, Carson received USC Upstate’s Distinguished Service Award recognizing him for him numerous contributions during his tenure at the University. Throughout the years, Carson has received awards and accolades locally, regionally and nationally for his service and contributions to his community and to higher education.
Carson holds a lifetime membership in the UNC General Alumni Association, the College Language Association and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He also devotes much of his time to participating in church activities and civic affairs.