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JCSU hires Loflin to lead Northwest initiative
Consultant will oversee survey of community qualities
Published Thursday, October 21, 2010 12:24 pm
by Herbert L. White

Johnson C. Smith University has hired Katherine Loflin as senior research fellow of the Soul of the Northwest Corridor initiative.
Katherine Loflin

Loflin will direct the examination of community qualities attach residents to the area, how they feel about them and how it may affect economic growth.

The three-year, $2.371 million project is patterned after the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Soul of the Community Project conducted by Gallup.

"Soul of the Community is an innovative framework for thinking about communities that has really captured the attention of many across the country,” Loflin said.  “I am honored by the appointment to serve as the senior research fellow and proud of Johnson C. Smith University's vision to become a pioneer in this developing area of community practice.”

Loflin, who earned master's and PhD degrees at UNC-Chapel Hill, launched her own consulting company in 2007. She served as lead consultant on the national Soul of the Community Project the past three years and was program director at Knight Foundation's grant-making initiatives in Bradenton and Palm Beach County, Fla.  She also developed and managed the foundation’s Technical Assistance Program, which provided organizational capacity assistance to grantees, and its $50 million Community Foundation Initiative. Loflin was also Knight’s expert on civic engagement best practices and program evaluation. 

"We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Loflin serve as the senior research fellow for the Soul of the Northwest Corridor Initiative," Sherrill Hampton, director of JCSU’s Center for Applied Leadership and Community Development said in a statement. "Her expertise will help Johnson C. Smith University continue to develop programming which addresses the needs of our surrounding neighborhoods by providing a new, expanded way to think about community engagement and economic empowerment."


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