Johnson C. Smith University has hired Sherrill Hampton as special assistant to the president and director of the Center for Applied Leadership and Community Development.

Hampton has 24 years of experience in affordable housing development, community economic development, non-profit management and program and resource development, as well as strategic planning.

She previously served as the senior vice president for residential development at the North Carolina Community Development Initiative in Raleigh.

“I am excited about the strategic opportunities that exist in Charlotte and the Mecklenburg region, as well as at Johnson C. Smith University, under the leadership of Dr. Ronald L. Carter,” Hampton said. “The rich history of Charlotte’s neighborhoods provides a springboard for enhanced civic engagement and community economic development. I am grateful to be a part of these transformative times!”

The Center for Applied Leadership will seek to connect JCSU with local neighborhoods, nonprofits, local government, faith-based groups and the business community. It also will work with community leadership to address economic and social issues.

Hampton received her Bachelor of Science degree from Claflin College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

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