Faith Rivers James, J.D.

Assistant Provost for Leadership and Head of the Department of Leadership Studies at The Citadel

Before joining The Citadel in January 2018, Rivers James served as associate dean for experiential learning and leadership at Elon University School of Law. She also taught legislation, nonprofit organizations, property, and public law and leadership, a course that she created. During her tenure, Rivers James helped develop a leadership program honored by the American Bar Association with the E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award.

Additionally, Rivers James has extensively researched the preservation of African American property ownership. Her research on heirs’ property is cited in many scholarly publications. Through collaborations with the Coastal Community Foundation and the Ford Foundation, Rivers James was instrumental in the creation of the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation in Charleston, for which the South Carolina Bar Foundation received the National Conference of Bar Foundations Award for Excellence in Programming.

Rivers James is a Charleston native and a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she majored in government and sociology, and Harvard Law School. She is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the District of Columbia Bar and the North Carolina Bar Association.

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