It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Dr. Walt de Vries, the founder of the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership. Walt passed away at his home in Wrightsville Beach on Wednesday, November 27. He had just celebrated his 90th Birthday

Walt was a mentor and friend to so many IOPL fellows. It was his vision and dedication that fueled the Institute and its mission for so long. Rather than being made cynical by a lack of integrity in the political process, Walt dedicated his life to improving the quality of leadership in elected office.

We look forward to continuing to honor his memory and his legacy of leadership with every fellowship class.

His life will be celebrated on January 11th at the Wrightsville Beach Little Chapel on the Boardwalk at 2 pm.