Public Executive Leadership Academy

This course is sponsored by NC City and County Management Association.
Carl Stenberg Teaching

The Public Executive Leadership Academy application for the Class of 2021 is open under the Registration tab. The academy virtual dates are August 16- 19 online, August 24-25 online and September 20-24, 2021 in person at the School of Government. (Note the first 6 sessions in August will be held via Zoom.)

Visit the Public Executive Leadership Academy home page for scholarship information, faculty lists and alumni. Peruse the 2021 agenda on the Materials tab for what we have planned.

The Public Executive Leadership Academy provides city and county managers, their assistants, and key department heads the opportunity to learn more about themselves as leaders and to gain skills to lead and manage change in their communities. Participants will choose a "real world" project for leading regional, community or organizational change and develop a plan, in consultation with their learning teams, for carrying it out. This project will integrate and apply the leadership knowledge and skills developed during PELA. Participants will also work on a personal leadership development plan that will incorporate feedback from faculty, colleagues, and community stakeholders.

Fee: $4000 

Acceptance into this program requires a minimum of five years combined experience in local government as a city or county manager, assistant manager, or department director. The application deadline for the Class of 2021 has been extended to June 18, 2021.

Additional information

If you are interested in the Public Executive Leadership Academy (PELA) and the MPA program, clients can earn up to 5 credit hours from PELA that can be transferred into the MPA Program at UNC. Students must apply separately to each program. Once accepted into PELA, clients will need to register through the Friday Center prior to taking PELA to get the credit hours below. For more information on registering for credit, please visit the Friday Center website. For information on the MPA program, contact Cara Robinson, director of admissions at

GOV 663:  Public Executive Leadership Academy

o   5 credit hours

There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.
2021 PELA Agenda (pdf, 465 KB)
For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Lisa Sheffield

Program Manager, Leadership Group
James E. Holshouser Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and Government