Bachelor in English, Edinboro University, 1965. Master of Arts, Kent State University, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy, Kent State University, 1969.
Juris Doctor, University Akron, 1980.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania in 1965. He joined Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and was elected the President of the Fraternity twice. Carothers earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Kent State University in 1969.
He also obtained a Juris Doctor degree from the McDowell School of Law, University of Akron in 1980.
Carothers retired in May 2009. David M. Dooley, former Provost at the Montana State University, took over as the University"s 11th President.
Served with Army of the United States, 1960-1968. Member of National Institute Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (committee campus drinking 1999—2002).
Married Mary Patricia Ruane, November 2, 1974. Children: Robert Kennedy, Shelley Rye, Matthew K. Ruane.