Pictured: Back row L-R, John Nosek, John Powell, Michael Betts, Jeremy Grissom, Charles Townsend, Joseph Prater, Sara Imhof, Joshua Arnold.
Front row L-R, Bernard Benson, Channelle James, Ashlie Bucy, Heavenly Walker, Austin Yow, Joann David, Miriam Chitiga, Lissette Torres.
Not pictured: Emmanuel Wilder.
Greensboro, NC – The North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership graduated its 54th class of Fellows on Saturday, April 30, 2016 on the campus on the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
The Institute is a non-partisan, nonprofit leadership organization founded in 1987 to improve the practice of democracy in North Carolina. Its mission is to educate future political and community leaders in modern campaign strategy, ethical decision making, and governance, such that its participants will have a sound grounding in ethical behavior, consensus building, and cooperative and collaborative leadership. No other program in North Carolina offers such a comprehensive curriculum in strategic non-partisan political leadership development
Fellow Joseph H. Prater, IV delivered the invocation, followed by Fellow Charles D. Townsend who delivered remarks on behalf of the class. The Honorable Nancy Vaughan, Mayor of the City of Greensboro, gave the commencement speech. Diplomas were awarded to the eleven graduates by Mayor Vaughan and Executive Director R. Ross Harris.
NCIOPL offers two annual Fellows classes in the fall and spring. Graduates of the fifty-fourth class will join an alumni network of more than 1,000 graduates of the NCIOPL Fellows Program, individuals who have served and continue to serve the citizens of North Carolina.
The graduates of the 54th class of Fellows are as follows:
Joshua D. Arnold
Garrick Bernard Benson
Michael A. Betts, II
Ashlie G. Bucy
Jeremy M. Grissom
Sara L. Imhof
Channelle D. James
John B. Nosek
John K. Powell, Jr.
Joseph H. Prater, IV
Charles D. Townsend
Heavenly K. Walker
Austin W. Yow