Dr. Alfonza Carter has served the University since 1980 in a variety of positions. In September 2015, Carter returned to the role of Director of Athletics after spending over a year as Vice President for Administrative Services. He has also served the University as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Head Women’s Coach, Tennis Coach, and Director of Intramurals. As Interim Dean of Enrollment Management, he helped Shaw achieve one of its largest freshmen classes ever and strong increase in enrollment.
Carter’s longest duty, however, has been in role of Director of Athletics—a position he has now held for over twelve years. Under Dr. Carter, many of the Shaw athletic programs have seen unprecedented success.
During his tenure as Director of Athletics, the men’s basketball program has gone to the NCAA Elite Eight, and the women’s basketball program went in 2012 to the Final Four and won the National Championship. The men’s tennis has won over 10 CIAA championships, and countless student-athletes have matriculated and received their degrees. In 2010 alone, the Bears and Lady Bears brought home championship trophies in football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and tennis. In the first ten years of the 21st century, the Shaw athletic program was the only one in the CIAA to have at least one championship in each year.
The All-American basketball player born in Martinsville, VA, is a 1973 graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, where he played varsity basketball and served as an assistant basketball coach. He had a stellar collegiate career and is a member of NC A&T Hall of Fame.
After graduation Dr. Carter served as Head Freshman Basketball Coach and physical education instructor for Fairfax County Public Schools. He then returned to his alma mater and became Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach and instructor of health and physical education.
Shaw University inducted him into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014 and presented him with the Doctor of Humane Letters in 2011.
He has represented Shaw numerous times at both the conference and national, serving as President of Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). In 2006 he received the Jeanette A. Lee Athletic Achievement Award presented by the CIAA Commissioner for outstanding administration and achievement for an athletic program.
He is married to the former Melinda Davis Carter and is the proud father of two daughters, Alesha Jordan and LaTonya Guy and grandfather of Justin, Jalen, Jada, and Dean.