JCSU Transformation

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If you would like to continue supporting us and the critical work we are doing to transform Johnson C. Smith University, please indicate other funds as gift designation and specify transformation.


JCSU will prioritize academic excellence and be recognized as a premier liberal arts university and top HBCU, providing students with high-quality academic, social, personal, professional and spiritual learning experiences that lead to individual growth and development, a strong sense of community and purpose and top career outcomes


Rooted in legacy and tradition, Johnson C. Smith University endeavors to provide a multicultural and transformative experience, which educates, prepares, and graduates a diverse group of talented and highly motivated students who can communicate effectively, think critically and learn independently as well as collaboratively. Further, JCSU cultivates an inclusive environment in which students are equipped to be global citizens who develop a compelling sense of social and civic responsibility for leadership and service.

Gold(en) Blueprint Strategic Pillars

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Pillar 1

Strengthen Academic Excellence & Innovation

Deliver signature academic programs aligned to local and regional market demand.
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Pillar 2

Deliver Strong Professional Outcomes

Become a critical higher education partner to employers in the Charlotte area and beyond.
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Pillar 3

Launch Seamless Pathways

Develop deep academic partnerships that create seamless pathways for students.
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Pillar 4

Deploy Comprehensive Recruitment & Retention Strategies

Implement a comprehensive retention strategy to drive greater student engagement and improve student outcomes.
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Pillar 5

Administrative Infrastructure Transformation

Optimize financial and operational performance and advance institutional talent.

Critical Resource Support – Mayor’s Racial Equity Initiative

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Focused on the opportunity to achieve racial equity, social justice, economic opportunity, and upward mobility—Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, launched an initiative for transformational public-private partnerships. 

The initiative is focused on solutions-driven, measurable strategies that produce equitable access, opportunities, and outcomes for Charlotte’s communities of color, including bridging the digital divide, investing in six neighborhood corridors of opportunity, catalyzing employer commitment, and transforming Johnson C. Smith University for the future.

The $80M commitment to transforming Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) for the future is set to position JCSU as a top-tier HBCU by growing the university’s academic offerings, recruiting top talent through career-oriented incentives, and appointing a transformation leader who will champion positive change. JCSU’s transformation will build on its legacy of expanding educational and economic equity for increasingly diverse groups of students and position it as a leader in the talent development pipeline for the Charlotte metro region.

JCSU MREI Funder Advisory Committee (in the blue/green)


Lead Organization


Johnson C. Smith University


Valerie Kinloch


JCSU Board


Fund Advisory Committee


Steve Boyd, Chair Elect


Sheila Brown


Bill Barnet

Keith Cockrell


Christy Bryant


Malcomb Coley

Janice Dupré


James Ely


Julie Janson

Ric Elias


Ralph Groce


Kristi Walters

Mike Lamach


Michael Jones


Pam Oliver

Gene Woods


Valerie Kinloch


Jean Spaulding


Michelle Lee


Patty Morton


Fund Holder


Foundation For the Carolinas


Laura Smith

Alyssa Federico



JCSU MREI Funders List

  • Atrium Health
  • Bank of America
  • Barings
  • Coca Cola Consolidated
  • Duke Energy 
  • The Duke Endowment
  • Rick Elias
  • Ernst & Young 
  • Gambrell/Belk
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Mike Lamach
  • Lowe's
  • Michael Jordan Family
  • Novant Health 
  • Nucor Steel
  • Truist
  • Wells Fargo 
  • PGA Tour

For questions or more information about our transformation initiatives, please contact: 

Biddle Hall, 4th Floor
100 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216
Phone: 704.378.3570

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