The NC Institute of Political Leadership was founded in 1974 by Dr. Walter DeVries in Wilmington, NC. It re-emerged in 1988 after the deliberations of several leading North Carolinians who had concerns regarding the lack of integrity found in the current political system.
The Board of Directors of NCIOPL wants to honor Dr. Walt DeVries for his vision and leadership throughout the years and has established this legacy fund in his honor. The funds will be used to offset expenses for the support and promotion of the NCIOPL Fellows Program. The eleven-week intensive program of top faculty and leaders in their fields incurs expenses beyond what the Fellows are required to contribute. Every student is essentially on scholarship as NCIOPL must raise over 75% of the cost to educate each fellow. This fund will allow NCIOPL to continue to provide exceptional training for all qualified fellow candidates without compromise.
Walt has impacted the lives of hundreds who have been involved with IOPL from its inception – Fellows, faculty, statewide public leaders, and staff. This fund provides an opportunity for those who are devoted to Walt to give back to the organization he founded and loves.