Carrie Cothrum received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Baylor University. After earning her Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Texas at Tyler, she completed a Doctorate of Philosophy in United States History at Texas Christian University. She has taught courses at Hill College, Collin County Community College, Lon Morris College, and Texas Christian University.
During her tenure at Lon Morris College, Dr. Cothrum served as an Admissions Counselor and Recruiter, Registrar, and Director for Institutional Research and Accreditation. She worked in the development of Coping With College, a residence life program for freshmen, and led the institution in the implementation of a student information system. She also directed the re-accreditation process for Lon Morris College and served as the Chief Academic Officer while holding the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
She is an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association.