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Dr. Ronald L. Carter featured on cover of Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Charlotte, N.C. (January 31, 2012) — Johnson C. Smith University President Ronald L. Carter is featured on the cover of the January issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education.  In the story “Leading from the Heart,” Carter relates how the University is helping former foster children feel at home at Johnson C. Smith University as part of the institution’s strategic plan.

He was quoted in the article saying: “We are providing a holistic approach model that incorporates resources in the local community…to address the needs of these students during high school, during their college careers at JCSU and after graduation.”

The University broke ground in October 2011 on the future site of the Foster Village Network Center, to be located across from the main campus. The center will offer housing and other programs and services for emancipated foster care youth. At the heart of the center stands the Davis House, a historic African-American landmark that is undergoing a $800,000 renovation.

Carter related how he started a networking program as provost of Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., that invited foster kids to campus to network and find out about available resources. The program expanded into an annual conference at Coker. Johnson C. Smith University has picked up the ball on a larger scale and will host a national Foster Care Conference April 26 and 27.  

Click here to read the article in the January issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

About JCSU
Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is the premier independent urban liberal arts university located in the heart of Charlotte, N.C. It offers a progressive liberal arts curriculum with 26 fields of study to nearly 1,500 students. The University prepares students for success through excellent academic programs with a focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility.          

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