Public Executive Leadership Academy

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

Public Executive Leadership Academy (PELA) program is our premier leadership experience for government professionals from the School of Government. This year we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Public Executive Leadership Academy, two decades of excellence in leadership.

The dates are July 7–12 and August 4–9, 2024 in person at the School of Government. 

The application will close May 24, 2024.

Visit the Public Executive Leadership Academy home page for scholarship information, faculty lists and alumni. 

The Public Executive Leadership Academy provides municipal 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.

Acceptance into this program requirement: A minimum of 7 years’ experience in local government management with at least 5 years supervisory experience as a municipal or county manager, assistant manager, or department director. Preference for admission will be given to applicants who have completed the Fellows program or Municipal and County Administration.

Fee: $5300 (includes hotel and most meals)

Please note: PELA is an immersive residential program where participants are together for the length of the program. Hotel accommodations are provided as part of the tuition cost, and it is required that you stay with the group at the hotel regardless of whether you are local. There is a huge benefit to this experience. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact Kim Nelson at knelson@sog.unc.edu or Lisa Sheffield at sheffield@sog.unc.edu.

Scholarship Information: Scholarships are available through NCCCMA for NCCCMA members. 

The 2024 NCCCMA Scholarship Application can be found HERE. Scholarship questions and completed scholarship applications must be submitted to Patrick Niland, NCCCMA professional development committee chair, Patrick.Niland@unioncountync.gov.

Members of Civic Federal Credit Union (Civic) and Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU), who are local government employees, are eligible to apply for a scholarship towards tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are four deadlines to submit applications:

  • March 1 (for courses starting between April 1 and June 30)
  • June 1 (for courses starting between July 1 and September 30)
  • September 1 (for courses starting between October 1 and December 31)
  • December 1 (for courses starting between January 1 and March 31)

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 cararob@sog.unc.edu.

GOV 663:  Public Executive Leadership Academy

o   5 credit hours

  • Chapel Hill, NC
    July 7 - 12, 2024
    August 4 - 9, 2024
    School of Government
    Knapp-Sanders Building
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599
    View Scholarship Information

    Members of Civic Federal Credit Union (Civic) and Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU), who are local government employees, are eligible to apply for a scholarship towards tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are four deadlines to submit applications:

    • March 1 (for courses starting between April 1 and June 30)
    • June 1 (for courses starting between July 1 and September 30)
    • September 1 (for courses starting between October 1 and December 31)
    • December 1 (for courses starting between January 1 and March 31)
    View Cancellation Policy
    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before June 29, 2024 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after June 30, 2024, but you will receive a transferrable credit to be used within 12 months. Click here to view the School’s full cancellation and refund policy.
    View Hotel Information

    The hotel is included in the fee. It is required that you stay in Chapel Hill during the program. Reservations will be made for you if accepted into the program.

    View Additional Information

    The academy is two-weeks. The first week is July 7-12 with a a three-week break. Return for the second week August 4-9 with graduation on August 9 for the class.

    Must apply
    30
    $5,300.00
    Registration and payment for this course grants access for a single attendee. In order to register a group of attendees, please register each person individually. If you have questions, please contact our registration office at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.
PELA Agenda (pdf, 153 KB)
For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
919.966.4414
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Lisa Sheffield

Team Lead; Management, Administration, and Leadership Group
919.962.3464
Professor of Public Administration and Government; Director of Strategy, Programming, and Research, Center for Public Leadership and Governance
James E. Holshouser Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and Government