Behind The Desk is a weekly feature this summer profiling each of The Summit League's lead athletic administrators. These leaders provide a glimpse into their background and personal life along with their take on various aspects of college athletics.
In this week's installment, Oral Roberts Athletic Director Mike Carter is profiled.
NAME: Mike Carter
SCHOOL: Oral Roberts University
Where I’m From: Pawhuska, OK (after moving from Keota, OK, a town of 350 people)
Where I Went to School: Oklahoma State University, University of Tulsa College of Law
My First Job: Lawyer (If you don’t count my high school disc jockey job)
What I Like …
An Influential Person in My Career: Jesus Christ, My wife Paula, Bill Self, Joe Castiglione
A Timeless Idea: Serve God and others before yourself
A Sports Facility: Augusta National Golf Club
A Sports Event: The Masters
A Brand: Titleist
A Trend: Young college and professional golfers relating to the public and acting in a positive manner as role models for the next generation
An Innovation: The Smart phone
An Idea or Invention I Wish I Had Thought Of: The Computer Chip
What I Like about …
My Job: Making a difference in the lives of young people
Sports: A microcosm of Life - An opportunity to grow physically, intellectually and spiritually, develop character and discipline, learn to get along with and trust others, experience and manage both victory and defeat
The Direction of Sports Business: Good for entertainment and for the opportunities that it provides for those who may not otherwise be able to escape their local environment. Bad in the selfish, proud and entitled image being taught to our youth.
Sports Fans: Passionate and supportive
What I would like to …
See More of in Sports: Sportsmanship and Gratitude
See More of in Sports Business: Greater exposure of athletes who represent the right things in life like Tony Dungee, David Robinson, Roger Staubach, Clayton Kershaw and Sam Bradford.
See Different: A turn from the selfish generation feeling entitled without having to work to achieve, and people taking responsibility for their own actions.
What I like …
People: Encouragers who put others before themselves.
That Would Surprise Those Who Know Me: I love musical theater
Heroes: Jesus Christ, My late son Scott, My wife Paula, Arnold Palmer
Teams: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Dallas Cowboys
City: Tulsa, OK
Memento: Money Clips from my 5 Southern Hills Club Championships
Books: The Bible, Quiet Strength, A Leader’s Heart, The Traveler’s Gift, The Dogged Victims of Inexorable Fate
Movies: The Greatest Game Ever Played, Jersey Boys, Tin Cup, Hitch, all James Bond movies
Trip: Israel, Italy
Websites: I Am Second, ITunes
Gadget: IPhone, Golf Rangefinder
App: ESPN, Twitter, Pandora, Jesus Calling
Quotes: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Luke 6:31
All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
Be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. The Boy Scout Law
When you come to a fork in the road, take it. Yogi Berra