Greensboro, NC – The North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership graduated its 56th class of Fellows on Saturday, May 6, 2017 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, Erica Smith-Ingram, delivered the invocation, followed by Fellow, Jack Whitley who delivered remarks on behalf of his class. The Honorable Paul M. Newby, Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, gave the commencement speech.
NC IOPL offers two annual Fellows classes in spring and fall. Graduates of the fifty-sixth 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 56th class of Fellows are as follows: