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Charlotte area child advocacy group hires executive director

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

The Council for Children’s Rights, an organization that advocates for healthy and educated children, has selected clinical psychologist and nonprofit executive Dr. Susan Campbell to lead the organization as executive director.

Bruce Steen, the board chair for the organization, said in a statement that he was “thrilled” with Campbell’s selection.

“Susan has dedicated her professional life to bettering the lives of children; and the important work the Council does is in her DNA,” he said.

Currently a Georgia resident, Campbell has spent her career advocating for the betterment of children. She’s worked in community mental health centers, helped launch the Northwest Georgia Child Advocacy Center, served as clinical director of the Georgia Center for Children and established a private practice that offers therapy to individuals and families.

Campbell also has a background in law enforcement and child protective services personnel and has provided expert testimony in criminal and family law court cases. She holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Georgia State University and is a graduate of Davidson College.

“We are delighted,” said board member Mark Whalen, who led the search committee, in a statement. “During the search process, we received a tremendous amount of feedback and input from the community, showing how much passion and interest there is in the work of the Council.

As executive director, Campbell will lead a staff of more than three dozen, including lawyers, social workers, researchers, child advocates, and community planners.

“Leading such a respected organization that is so vital to our community is an important step for me, personally,” Campbell said in a statement. “Working for the safety and well-being of children is what I feel most passionate about, and most authentic doing.”

Campbell will start in early August, taking over from interim executive director Curt Walton, the former Charlotte city manager.

Walton filled the role after Brett Loftis announced in December that he was leaving the Council for Children’s Rights to become the CEO of The Crossnore School in Avery County. The residential facility serves children from families and crisis and operates the Crossnore Academy, a K-12 charter school.

Loftis had worked for the Council for Children’s Rights since 2000 and became its leader in 2005

Campbell is one of two employees recently hired by the advocacy organization. Recently, the group hired Anna Magnusson as the organization’s director of development.

Arriero: 704-358-5945; On Twitter: @earriero
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