MARQUETTE - The former director of the Northern Michigan University News Bureau has been granted a distinction usually reserved for faculty members or former trustees.

James L. Carter was recently honored with the title News Director Emeritus. He retired last July after more than 20 years as Northern's chief publicist and media relations officer.

Michael Marsden, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, supported Carters nomination for Emeritus status.

"Jim is one of the best researchers and writers I've ever met," Marsden said. "He's a true Renaissance individual. He knows the historical context of material, and has the ability to convey it in present terms. He is a rare blend of perspective and talent."

Carter joined the NMU staff in 1968 as a technical writer in the research and development off ice, and was subsequently elevated to assistant director. He assumed the news director's duties in 1 975.

The Grand Marais native formerly taught school in lower Michigan and served on the staff of the Marquette Mining Journal. He also founded his own book publishing company and published the Grand Marais Pilot and Pictured Rocks Review.

Carter has won numerous awards for his extensive writings on the history of the Upper Peninsula.

He received his bachelor's degree from Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, and a master's degree in history from NMU.

Carter is pursuing other writing and publishing interests. He still resides in the Marquette area with his wife, Nancy, and daughters Emily and Catherine.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director