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September 1, 2021

Roberts Names Carrie Starr New Executive Director of Community Institutes

Dr. Carrie Starr

Roberts Wesleyan College is pleased to announce that Dr. Carrie Starr has been appointed executive director of the community institutes for the college, effective Sept. 1. Starr will directly oversee The Community Institutes at Roberts Wesleyan College, which includes Business Solutions, Justice & Security, English Language, Intellectual & Spiritual Humility and Westside Psychological Services.

“Carrie’s background, strengths and credentials uniquely qualify her to serve in this new role,” Vice President of Advancement Alexander Jones said. “Her experience in forging relationships, team productivity, entrepreneurship and results management will help her direct strategic initiatives for the five institutes, including the identification of critical needs in the Greater Rochester community.”

As executive director of the Community Institutes, she will work with institute directors and campus leaders to identify and cultivate community partners to support and expand the institute’s programs, as well as assist the entire advancement team to develop funding and grants for the institutes.  

Starr has served at the college since 2005 and brings more than two decades of leadership experience, fundraising, strategic planning and teaching to this new role. She previously served as the director of advancement for Northeastern Seminary. Starr also served as assistant professor of leadership in the School of Business and was the Hoselton chair of ethics and free enterprise. She led the nationally ranked Enactus team for undergraduate students and coached student leaders to identify needs in the community and meet those needs using business concepts and an entrepreneurial approach. Starr received the Enactus USA Entrepreneurial Leadership Award and was inducted into their hall of fame. Her team provided college and workforce readiness skills to more than 320 Rochester City School District students through the Elev8 program.

Starr earned a Doctor of Ministry in leadership, scripture and spirituality from Northeastern Seminary, as well as a master’s in theological and ministerial studies from Northeastern Seminary and a bachelor’s in elementary education from SUNY Oneonta. She was recently named a 2021 RBJ Women of Excellence honoree, which recognizes high-achieving women for their tremendous career accomplishments, community involvement and commitment to mentorship. A native of Montgomery, New York, Starr and her husband, Ervin, reside in Churchville and have three children. For more information on The Community Institutes at Roberts Wesleyan College, visit

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