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Skobba named director of Housing Demographics ­Research Center

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Kimberly Skobba

Kim Skobba, a faculty member in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, has been named director of the Housing Demographics Research Center.

Established in 1996, the HDRC helps Georgia communities improve economic well-being and quality of life by identifying and addressing housing needs through research, outreach and an interdisciplinary collaboration with communities, faculty members and UGA students.

Skobba, an associate professor in the financial planning, housing and consumer economics department, will be responsible for management of the center’s research, outreach activities, fundraising and annual reporting

Karen Tinsley, Skobba’s close friend and colleague, served as the HDRC director until her tragic death in a bicycle accident in April.

“It is an honor to be named director because I believe in the important work the center does and also because it’s an opportunity to carry on Karen’s work and legacy,” Skobba said. “I’m excited to continue building on the great foundation she helped lay in an effort to improve the lives of so many people across Georgia