Chair of Criminal Justice and Sociology
P843-863-7498 / Eklove@csuniv.edu
Kathleen “Kathi” Love, PhD, became a full-time faculty member at CSU in 2017. In 2019 she became the Chair of the Criminal Justice and Sociology departments. She moved to the Charleston area in 1989. Her son, Matthew, serves in the United States Marine Corps and is married to his wife Jessie. Matthew and Jessie have one son, Connor, who is the love of Love’s life. Love comes from a close knit family with three sisters and two brothers. She retired from the North Charleston Police Department in 2017 after years of dedicated service.
She received her BS in criminal justice and psychology and her Master’s degree in criminal justice, from Charleston Southern University. In 2018 she earned her PhD in business administration from North Central University. 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. Love has received numerous awards and recognitions for her steadfast service and dedication to the safety and well-being of the North Charleston community.
Love’s love for the youth in North Charleston was the feature of a Post and Courier “High Profile” article in June 1997. In 2016, she was recognized by Keep North Charleston Beautiful for her efforts in mobilizing students from North Charleston schools to help clean up neighborhoods and complete beautification projects on school campuses. In 2017, Love received the Spotlight Officer Award during a Black History Month celebration for her service to the Cops Athletic Program (CAP), which brings together students and cops through sports.
While working with the schools, Love took a special interest in helping area homeless children. She was part of a team that created Project H.O.M.E., a local organization that provides a home to homeless boys in high school. This opportunity allows these students to complete their education in their neighborhood school. Love assisted with fundraisers and planning efforts that ultimately led to the construction of a new home. This successful program has been directly helping students for the past two years, and she continues to serve on the organization’s board.