Since 2013, Joe Carpenter has served as vice president for university relations and chief communications at Radford University. He also currently serves as chair of the New River Valley Regional Commission and chair of the Montgomery Regional Economic Development Commission.
Previously, he served for 20 years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a public affairs officer and at the rank of commander. Some of his assignments included: managing editor of the Navy’s internal communications production branch for the Navy’s Chief of Information (CHINFO); director of public affairs for the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.; director of congressional information and public affairs at the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA), Washington, D.C.; media relations spokesman in the Office of the Secretary of Defense under Secretaries of Defense Rumsfeld and Gates; director of regional public affairs for Navy Region Northeast, Groton, Ct.; and concurrently, director of public affairs for Navy’s Fleet Week New York City and interim public affairs officer for Commander, Submarine Group TWO. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
He earned a B.S. degree and commission as an officer from the U.S. Naval Academy, is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University, Norfolk and earned an M.A. from the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I. He is a graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute (Virginia Commonwealth University Performance Management Group) spring 2014 class.