Last week I visited with two county managers—Steve Garrison in Rutherford County and Ashely Wooten in McDowell County. As with all of my manager visits, I thanked them for paying their membership dues and for their support. Both of the managers offered high praise for all of the services they get from the School—and as
I have shared with you the recommendations from our three strategic foresight committees, and now I want to outline my decisions about our next steps in implementing those recommendations. The broadest themes are (1) improved communication and collaboration about everyone’s work; (2) greater role for faculty in decisions affecting them and the School; (3) more
Last week I returned from vacation to a pleasant surprise. The School’s first podcast—“Beyond the Bench,” has just launched. The multi-talented Danielle Rivenbark had proposed piloting a podcast as an innovation fund project. I funded her proposal because I wanted to learn whether a podcast could be a good platform for communicating information to public
How do you create a county-wide identity and communicate with residents when they are concentrated in large numbers in several different parts of the county? The challenge is complicated by the fact that 60% of their residents leave the county to work in neighboring counties. Part of their strategy to keep people informed about county issues—and to listen to concerns—has been a series of regional forums where representatives of different county departments talk about their work and answer questions.
Frayda has dedicated herself to the mission of the School of Government, and she has done it in ways that support her colleagues. She always puts the interests of others first. Frayda works to insure that we are doing everything possible to support faculty and staff and to help them succeed.
We have talked about the idea of One School over the last few months, and our ability to withstand deep budget cuts and still expand our educational services may be the best example. It could not have happened without the commitment of all faculty and staff, and I want you to know that I appreciate it.
For me it means that law continues to be the foundation for all of our work, just as it is the foundation for government. It informs and complements everything we do. At the same time, however, it also means that we have become a multi-disciplinary faculty that is better positioned to help public officials address a much wider range of challenges and opportunities facing North Carolina.
I want to share the following commitment to diversity that has been created by the School’s Diversity Committee. It has been in various stages of development for some time. The committee worked under the leadership of Chris McLaughlin and Audrey Williams to create a statement of diversity focused mostly on recruitment and hiring, but it