If lawyers aren’t often the recipients of outpourings of gratitude, Frayda Bluestein is an exception to the rule.

“One way I can explain why I do this job is that I’m a lawyer, and, every day, people thank me for what I do,” Bluestein said with a laugh.

November 15, 2021
Frayda Bluestein

On November 11, 2021, the School of Government and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrate Veterans Day by honoring all those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

The School is proud to recognize its own who are veterans of the United States military. The School would also like to take this opportunity to thank those among us who are currently serving as active duty members in the armed forces.

November 11, 2021
Presented clockwise from top left: UNC MPA student MaryBeth Spoehr, Assistant to the Dean Alecia Matthews, and Faculty Member Charles Szypszak

The School of Government is proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Development Finance Initiative in 2021. Please watch this special video message to learn more about DFI's mission, history, and impact on the state.

November 8, 2021
A series of buildings under construction in a metropolitan area.

The School of Government hosted an ncIMPACT Town Hall event on Thursday, October 28, 2021, on “Ensuring Student Success in 2021 and Beyond.” Two groups of panelists—one featuring North Carolina’s major educational leaders and the second consisting of representatives from the state’s banking, manufacturing, workforce development, and student sector—spoke about the importance of continuing to ensure student success and the partnerships education and private commerce can forge t

November 2, 2021
Moderator Anita Brown-Graham discusses student success with panelists Peter Hans, Thomas Stith, and Catherine Truitt

The School of Government is excited to welcome Kimalee Dickerson into its faculty as the newest member of the management, administration, and leadership division.

October 26, 2021
UNC MPA faculty member Kimalee Dickerson appears photographed

School of Government faculty member David Ammons has been appointed as one of two academic members on the International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) Credentialing Advisory Board. The School is well-represented on the board, which is led by UNC MPA alumni Tom Lundy ‘71.

October 21, 2021

Faculty member Anita Brown-Graham was honored with the Eisenhower Distinguished Fellow Award at the Annual Awards Dinner in Philadelphia, PA, on October 12, 2021.

October 13, 2021
ncIMPACT Director Anita Brown-Graham Receives Eisenhower Distinguished Fellow Award

Planning and development regulation are among a local government’s most visible—and fraught—responsibilities. For decades, North Carolina public officials have depended on the guidance of School of Government faculty members in creating, interpreting, and applying land use law in their communities. For over three decades that group of faculty experts has included David W.

October 6, 2021
David Owens

The School of Government is pleased to welcome Kristina Wilson into its faculty ranks as assistant professor of public law and government. Wilson joined the faculty in September 2021 as the newest newest member of the law and finance division. In this role, she will advise on local government structure and authority, board procedures, and public records and transparency issues.

October 1, 2021
Faculty member Kristina Wilson photographed here

The UNC School of Government is saddened to share the passing of John L. Sanders, former longtime faculty member and two-time director. Sanders passed away on Sept. 22, 2021 at the age of 94. A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

September 23, 2021
John L. Sanders

The following letter from UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and School of Government faculty member Anita Brown-Graham was sent out to civic leaders and public officials across the state on September 7, 2021. The School of Government encourages anyone visiting this page to take the survey by September 17, 2021. Thank you for your participation.

Dear colleagues, partners, friends and community stakeholders, 

September 7, 2021
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Longtime School faculty member takes the helm in fall 2021 as the first woman to lead the program 

The UNC MPA program is pleased to announce that Willow Jacobson, School faculty member and Robert W. Bradshaw Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and Government, is the next director of the UNC MPA program. Her term commenced September 1, 2021.

September 1, 2021
Willow Jacobson speaks to a group of LGFCU Fellows at the School of Government in 2017.