NC Institute of Political Leadership Graduates 59th Class of Fellows

Pictured: L-R: Aaron Kohrs, Julia Robinson, Nathan Click, Kendra Maynard, Phyllis Russell, Tyran Hill, and Paul Packard

Greensboro, NC – The North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership graduated its 59th class of Fellows on Saturday, December 1, 2018 on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


The Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit 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 Phyllis Russell delivered the invocation, followed by Fellow Tyran Hill who delivered remarks on behalf of the class. The Honorable Patrice Hinnant, former Superior Court Judge, gave the commencement speech.


NC IOPL offers two annual Fellows classes in spring and fall. Graduates of the fifty-ninth class will join an alumni network of more than 1,000 graduates of the NC IOPL Fellows Program, individuals who have served and continue to serve the citizens of North Carolina.

The graduates of the 59th class of Fellows are as follows:


Nathan Click Morrisville

Tyran Hill Cary

Aaron Kohrs Hickory

Kendra Maynard High Point

Paul Packard Hickory

Julia Robinson Greensboro

Phyllis Russell Winston-Salem