Carter Higley has been involved with Teton Science Schools for the past 15 years, working with both TSS staff and the graduate program to coordinate summer programming for inner-city middle school students out of Houston, Texas. As the founder and chairman of LEAD (Letting Everyone Achieve Dreams), Carter is committed to ensuring all students have access to an excellent education and firmly believes in the TSS model of inspiring curiosity, engagement, and leadership through transformative place-based education – so much so, that he and his wife, Jamil, moved their three children from Houston to Jackson in the summer of 2018 and enrolled them in the Journeys School.
Carter has had the good fortune to serve on boards in the past, including Breakthrough, a Teach For America alumni board, Southern Methodist University alumni board, the Bayou Breakfast Club board, and various alma mater alumni committees. While living in Houston, he enjoyed getting involved around the city and was a member of Leadership Houston.
Carter works in the energy business and is the founder and CEO of Bison Interests, a private investment firm specializing in the public oil & gas space.
Carter earned a BA (history and political science) from Southern Methodist University, where he attended on a leadership scholarship, and received an MBA from the Acton School of Business. He and his wife have four children.