Mike Carter has been the Director of Athletics at Oral Roberts University since 1994 after practicing business and sports law in Tulsa for 21 years. Carter was the chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Committee in 2002 and 2003 and after serving as a volunteer for the next eight years has been recently reappointed to the Committee and has once again been named Chair of the Committee. He was the chair of the Summit League Joint Council of athletic directors and senior women’s administrators and served on the Conference’s Executive Committee after having chaired the Championships, Men’s Basketball and Baseball Committees.
For five years, he served on the Executive Committee of the NCAA Division I-AAA Athletic Directors Association and was the chair of the Awards Committee. In 2012, he was named the NCAA Division I Athletic Director of the Year for the Central Region.
Over the last 19 years as members of The Summit League and the Southland Conference, the Golden Eagles have captured nine Commissioner’s Cups winning 147 Regular Season & Tournament Championships and sending 81 teams to NCAA Tournaments in addition to multiple NIT and other post season appearances. The programs produced 91 All-Americans, 1,211 All-Conference selections, 1,294 Academic All-Conference selections, 137 Players of the Year and three NCAA Champions. In 2012, Jack Whitt won the NCAA Outdoor Pole Vault Championship. In 2008, Andretti Bain won the NCAA Men’s Indoor and Outdoor 400 meter Championships and collected a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics as part of the Bahamas’ 4 x 400 meter relay team. ORU student athletes have had an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or better for 18 of the last 19 seasons, including a school record 3.20 GPA in 2015-16 with every team finishing the year with a 3.00 GPA or better.
While at ORU, Carter created the ELI Academic Learning Center and has directed many other facility upgrades. Others include the construction and/or improvement of the volleyball, baseball, basketball and soccer facilities. New locker rooms, playing surfaces, sound systems, signage, and additional seating have assured ORU that its athletic facilities can rival most NCAA Division I universities. Carter also created an ORU Athletics Hall of Fame display in the North Lobby of the Mabee Center and unveiled a video conference room and renovated athletic training suite in 2013.
Carter chaired the Marshal Committees for the 2001 U.S. Open, the 2007 PGA Championship and the 2009 U.S. Amateur, as well as serving on other committees for major golf championships in 1977, 1982, and 1994 and PGA Tour Championships in 1995 and 1996 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa.
He serves as a member of the CureSearch for Childhood Cancer Board of Trustees and Tulsa Sports Commission Executive Committee. He and his wife, Paula, are the Trustees of the Scott Carter Foundation which raises funds for children’s cancer research. Carter is a past director of Leadership Tulsa, Operation Aware, the Oklahoma Golf Association, Theater Tulsa, NABC Coaches vs. Cancer Board of Advisors, Southern Hills Country Club Board of Governors and served on the Mayor’s Vision 2025 Recreation and Leisure Committee.
He was honored by the Tulsa Sports Commission as the 2006 Sportsman of the Year. The Sigma Chi Fraternity awarded him with its National House Corporation Officer of the Year Award in 1983, the Gamma Delta Chapter Award of Merit in 1982, and its prestigious Significant Sig Award in 2014. Family and Children’s Services of Tulsa named Carter and his family the Family of the Year in 1994.
After receiving his B.S. degree from Oklahoma State University in 1970, Carter obtained a J.D. degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1972. He and Paula have been married 43 years and are members of First United Methodist Church where Carter is on its Executive Committee. They have two grown children, Lizz and Cason and three grandsons. Their son Scott died in 1993 of childhood cancer.