After graduating from Winnfield High School, Dan Carr earned a degree in Mathematics Education and Health and Physical Education at Northwestern in 1955. He earned a masters degree in Mathematics Education and School Administration at NSU and Doctor of Education in Mathematics Education and School Administration from the University of Mississippi. Carr was Principal at Natchitoches High from 1963-70 and was Director of Consolidated High Schools into Natchitoches Central High School from 1970-72. Carr was a professor in the College of Education for several years until his appointment to Department Head in 1983. He was named Dean of the College of Education in 1985. He retired as Director of Institutional Research at NSU in 2000, having served in that capacity since 1987.