February 19, 2009
Nashville, TN - Ed Carter has been named the new
executive director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Carter was selected in a vote by the 13-member Tennessee Wildlife
The selection came during the regular TWRC February meeting
held Thursday at the TWRA Region II Building. The TWRC serves as
the governing body of the TWRA.
Carter, the current Chief of the TWRA Boating Division, will
assume his new duties on March 1. Carter is replacing the retiring
Gary Myers, who has served as TWRA Executive Director since 1978.
Carter’s career began with the TWRA in 1972. He served as an
education representative, hunter education coordinator, acting
chief of the Information and Education Division, education and law
enforcement training officer and an Region II assistant regional
assistant manager. He became TWRA’s Chief of the Boating Division
when the division was formed in 1990. TWRA is the sole state
agency charged with the responsibility for boating safety.
In addition to his supervisory positions within the TWRA over the
years, he has served in leadership positions for several regional
and national organizations and has received numerous accolades and
honors during the course of his career. Recent leadership
positions have included a term as president of the National
Association of State Boating Law Administrators, president of the
Southern States Boating Law Administrators, chair of the National
Safe Boating Council, a member of the executive board of the
Canadian Safe Boating Council, and as the TWRA Emergency Services
Coordinator for more than 16 years with the Tennessee Emergency
He is a member of the State Homeland Security committee.
Carter was a recent recipient of the USCG/USPS (United States
Coast Guard/United States Power Squadrons) Eagle Award for
Significant Contributions to Boating Safety. Other awards and
citations for Carter include the NASBLA Bonner Award, NASBLA
Lifetime Achievement Award, U.S. Coast Guard Public Service
Commendation, and in 2006, the Tennessee Legislature passed
House/Senate Resolution 735 recognizing Carter for meritorious
service to the State of Tennessee.
A native of Hawkins County, Carter is a graduate of the University
of Tennessee. He and his wife of 34 years, Karen, have three adult
children Mark, Tracie, and Christie.