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
We had the opportunity last week to participate in Carolina’s orientation for new UNC System President Margaret Spellings. The visit was part of her commitment to visit all of the UNC System campuses during her first 100 days in office. I think we successfully introduced her to the School. A few weeks ago we were
I visited separately with two town managers on Friday—Joe Moore with the Town of Zebulon and Kip Padgett with the Town of Wake Forest. Their comments were interesting in light of our ongoing conversations about the School’s strategic priorities. As with all of my local government manager visits, I thanked them for paying their membership
Many local governments are facing pressures to transition from existing suburban development (like large shopping malls and strip malls) to more urban development (adding density, mixing uses, and decreasing reliance on cars). A combination of pressures is driving this reshaping of suburbia, including population growth and market preferences. Adam Lovelady’s proposed innovation project was to create a one-day forum where local government officials would come together to learn about these issues—from us and from one another—and on how to address them in practical terms.
Lee Bounds died a week ago at age 97. He was a remarkable person, and so it is not surprising that the News & Observer noted his passing with an editorial about his life as a public servant. For our purposes it is especially worth remembering Lee because he was a faculty member at the
2U is aggressively committed to providing the highest quality outcomes for our online students. I’ve never worked with an organization that is as explicitly, relentlessly, and genuinely committed to improvement as 2U.
Joe Ferrell came to the Institute of Government in 1964 and is retiring at the end of this academic year—a wonderful career of more than 50 years. He has served as Secretary of the Faculty since retiring from our faculty ten years ago.
Joe is one of those legendary faculty members who really helped to shape the School’s reputation for excellence.
For example, most conversations about the rural-urban divide tend to focus on how to help struggling rural areas. Maybe it makes sense for us to invest more resources in serving urban areas that will face complex challenges associated with over-the-top population growth.