Dr. Tom Carpenter is the Director of the School of Education at St. Ambrose University. He comes to Iowa from a lifelong career advocating for the least, the last and the lost among us to have the opportunity that America promises to all her children; a foot soldier in the battle for equality in a nation founded on the promise that “All men are created equal;” a teacher dedicated to the proposition that through education we can lift up all God’s children to fulfill their potential; and a preacher who knows that to whom much is given, much is required as we help somebody along the way.
Dr. Carpenter earned his B.S. Degree in Social Sciences at New York University, a master’s degree at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Social Relations at New York University where he received a Founder’s Award for his dissertation, Labor Conflict in the Coeur d’Alene’s, 1892 and 1899.
Dr. Carpenter has taught in the NYC Public Schools in Harlem and the Lower East Side, for the Los Angeles Schools in South Central Los Angeles as well as colleges on both coasts. He has served on the Executive Board of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) and has served as Chaplain for the Washington Alliance of Black School Educators.
Since returning to higher education in 1992, Dr. Tom Carpenter has been a leader in the struggle to provide access and opportunity to higher education for those who have been denied access because of race, ethnicity, and culture. At Lyon College in Arkansas, Carpenter served as advisor and sponsor of the Black Students Association and he and his wife instituted a scholarship in the name of the first African American to graduate from this Arkansas college.
An ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Carpenter pastored four churches in Arkansas and most recently, the suburban satellite campus of First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Seattle, WA. He has also held other denominational offices in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the AME Church. He occasionally preaches at Bethel AME Church in Davenport and at other churches around the country.