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For one of NC’s Foremost Legal Experts, It’s About the People

November 15, 2021

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.



Stories of Service: The School of Government Celebrates Veterans Day

November 11, 2021

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.



Celebrating 10 Years of the Development Finance Initiative

November 8, 2021

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.



ncIMPACT Hosts Town Hall on Ensuring Student Success at the School of Government

November 2, 2021

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



Kimalee Dickerson Joins School of Government Faculty as DEI Expert

October 26, 2021

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



David Ammons Appointed to ICMA Credentialing Body

October 21, 2021

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.



Anita Brown-Graham Receives Eisenhower Distinguished Fellow Award

October 13, 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.



Dave Owens Honored with Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award

October 6, 2021

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.



Kristina Wilson Joins School’s Law and Finance Faculty

October 1, 2021

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.



Former Director John L. Sanders Passes Away at 94

September 23, 2021

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.



Community Challenges and Opportunities: A Carolina Across 100 Survey

September 7, 2021

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, 



In Conversation With Willow Jacobson, New UNC MPA Director

September 1, 2021

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.

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