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Date: Friday, February 15, 2008
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Dr. William Carter is the new State Director of the Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center Network at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Carter was previously the state SBDC director in Oregon since 2003. Prior to that, he served as department chair of Information Technology and program director for Operations Management and Management Information Systems (MIS) at the Portland Campus of the Oregon Institute of Technology. He taught courses in systems analysis, MIS, management, and other fields.

“Dr. Carter comes to us highly recommended by legislators and business leaders in Oregon,” said Dr. Philip Castille, vice chancellor for academic affairs. “He also has a strong background in university teaching and administration. We are very pleased to welcome him to the UH Hilo community.”

For nearly 20 years, Carter served as president and founder of Northwest Computer Learning Center, Inc., a consulting firm in information technology (IT) in Salem, Oregon. He sold the corporation, which was an Authorized Training Center for Microsoft, in 2000.

“I look forward to working as State Director of the Small Business Development Center with the University, the community and economic development professionals throughout the State to bring high-quality consulting and training for Hawai‘i’s small business owners and entrepreneurs,” Carter said. “We will look for opportunities and new initiatives to keep the SBDC Network current with the changing needs of Hawai`i’s economy.”

Carter holds a Ph.D. from Oregon State University, where he was an instructor in the College of Business. He also taught at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.

Carter replaces former State SBDC Director Darrell Mleynek, who retired last summer. Marie Lu‘uwai served as acting state director during the interim.

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