Dr. Michael Carter is the current Chair of the FNU Board of Directors and is recognized as a Sponsor of the Mary Breckinridge Society for his commitment to the FNU Endowment. Michael Carter obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. He earned the Doctor of Nursing Science degree from Boston University, post-masters Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Tennessee. He holds national certifications as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner; is a Diplomate in Comprehensive Care; a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow in the National Academies of Practice. He completed a Fellowship in Primary Care Health Policy the United States Public Health Service. Dr. Carter has held a variety of clinical, administrative and academic positions. From 1982 until 2000, he served as Dean and Professor at the College of Nursing, University of Tennessee Health Science Center where he is currently a University Distinguished Professor. He is a Family Nurse Practitioner for the Christian Health Center in Heber Springs, Arkansas. Dr Carter teaches courses in Professional Role Development and Advanced Pathology. He is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, The American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American & Arkansas Nurses Association, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, The American Academy of Nursing, and The National Academies of Practice. In 2013 Dr. Carter traveled to Australia as a Fulbright Fellow and is helping the Australian government and nursing field to introduce the role of Doctor of Nursing Practice to their healthcare system.