Lead for North Carolina

One School means a lot of things. It means not worrying about status or where you are in the organization when it comes to getting things done. Everyone has a role to play, and none of it happens without both faculty and professional staff. One School also means that once we have made an institutional commitment, such as LFNC, then all of us will do whatever we can to make it successful. The culture of One School happens because we hire talented and generous people who are dedicated to the School’s public service mission.

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One School and PMRC

This past week the School hosted the Public Management Research Conference (PMRC), which is the leading research conference in the field of public management and administration.  The conference brings together scholars from across the country and the world.  PMRC was a great opportunity to showcase the School of Government for our peers in the field.  […]

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John Sanders

John Sanders Receives Honorary Degree

John Sanders received a much-deserved honorary degree at Carolina’s commencement in Kenan Stadium on Sunday, May 12.   It recognized his extraordinary service to the University and to the State of North Carolina.  The Secretary of the Faculty read a citation that included some of the highlights of John’s service (a more complete description of his […]

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Good Happenings in MPA Land

I’m writing with an update about several good things that have happened recently involving the MPA Program.  You already may have heard about some of them.  In any event, these things made me feel good and I wanted to share them with you. MPA Rankings.  The U.S. News & World Report ranking of academic programs […]

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Jessie Smith

NC Criminal Justice Summit

Last Friday the School hosted the NC Criminal Justice Summit at the Carolina Club, and it had the feel of a landmark event.  Jessie Smith organized a program that was innovative in its approach as well as in the composition of the audience.  There was a strong indication of broad support from a diverse audience […]

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“A Model of Democracy in Action”

A few years ago our strategic foresight process identified expanding our work on public policy issues as one of our highest programmatic priorities.  Building on earlier work by Aimee Wall and others, Anita Brown-Graham is leading our policy initiative—ncIMPACT.  It is a statewide initiative to help local communities use data and evidence to improve conditions […]

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Essentials of County Government

Last week I spent two days in Asheville with School colleagues and our partners from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (affectionately known as “the Association”). We have partnered for many years to deliver one of the School’s most important courses—Essentials of County Government—an orientation program for newly-elected county commissioners. Two years ago the […]

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