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JCSU President Ronald L. Carter to Receive Creative Thinkers Award

Charlotte, N.C., (Feb. 12,  2013) – The Carolinas Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) will honor Johnson C. Smith University President Ronald L. Carter at its Fifth Annual Creative Thinkers Awards on Feb. 20. Carter will join four other honorees, including Jerry Orr, aviation director for Charlotte Douglas International Airport; Dr. Ruth Shaw, founding chair of the Carolina Thread Trail; Dr. Michael Marsicano, president and CEO for the Carolinas; and Davis J. Cable of  Springside Partners.

The award honors key community leaders who demonstrate insightful and creative decision making and leadership that results in a transformational real estate project or initiative. “Dr. Carter was selected for his leadership in envisioning and executing the Mosaic Village as part of the transformation of the Northwest Corridor between the university and Uptown,” said Loren Kennedy, CRE Carolinas Chapter president.

Mosaic Village, which opened last October, is a $25 million project funded by public-private partnerships with the university, the Griffin family of Griffin Brothers Tires and the city of Charlotte. It features 80 apartment-style suites serving 300 student tenants. The project, which has been called a catalyst for positive change, includes street-front retail space and a 400-car parking garage.

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 23 fields of study to more than 1,600 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit or follow the university on social media sites Facebook , Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.   

Jennifer Gaskins
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing


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