Kathleen Love

Chair of the Criminal Justice and Sociology departments
Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership
P843-863-7498 / Eklove@csuniv.edu


DBA with an emphasis in criminal justice

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Kathleen “Kathi” Love, DBA, moved to the Charleston area in 1989. Her son, Matthew, serves in the United States Marine Corps and is married to his wife Abby. Matthew and Abby have two sons, Connor and Cian, and one daughter Addison who are the loves of Kathi’s life. Kathi comes from a close-knit family with three sisters and two brothers. Kathi retired from the North Charleston Police Department in 2017 after 23 years of dedicated service.
Kathi received her B.S. in Criminal Justice and Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, all from Charleston Southern University. In 2018 she earned her Doctor of Business Administration with an emphasis in criminal justice from North Central University. Kathi currently teaches Criminal Justice at Charleston Southern University and holds the position of Chair of Criminal Justice and Sociology departments. Kathi has served the community diligently throughout her career. She spent six years advocating for victims’ rights and seeking justice for rape survivors with People Against Rape (PAR). In 1995 she became a North Charleston police officer, following in the path taken by her father of joining the law enforcement profession. Kathi has received numerous awards and recognitions for her steadfast service and dedication to the safety and well-being of the North Charleston community. Kathi also was appointed and confirmed by the South Carolina Senate to serve as a S.C. Board Member of the Juvenile Probation and Parole Board.

Your Purpose. Our Mission.

I want to lead and serve students, staff, and faculty. I lead from a servant leadership mindset and have the freedom to bring Christ in the center of my teachings. I want to share lessons from my experiences from working over 30 years in the Criminal Justice field. I want to lead by example to my students.

Kathleen Love, DBA

Police Officer of the Quarter, School Resource Officer of the Year, Charleston Leader of the Year for Community Service