NC Racial Equity Network Receives Award from National Association

September 29, 2017

The NC Racial Equity Network, housed at the UNC School of Government, was awarded a Program of Excellence Award by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). Founded in 1915, UPCEA is the leading association for professional, continuing, and online education.

Jessica Smith Receives “Friend of the Court” Award from NC Chief Justice

September 15, 2017

On Monday, Sept. 11, faculty member Jessica Smith received the Amicus Curiae Award from North Carolina Chief Justice Mark Martin.  The award, bestowing her with the title of “Friend of the Court,” recognizes Smith for her outstanding service to the Judicial Branch of North Carolina. 

New Course Page Design Live on

September 1, 2017

The School of Government is proud to release a new design of our course offerings on The new page has been designed to make finding course details and registration easier and more efficient for all users. 

School of Government Recognized for Service by Statewide Association

August 18, 2017

On Saturday, August 12, 2017, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) honored the UNC School of Government with their Distinguished Service Award. Established in 1970, the award celebrates an individual or an entity that “has rendered a truly outstanding and distinctive service to the cause of improving local government above and beyond his usual duties or occupation.” 

Faculty Member Whitney Afonso Publishes Article on Local Sales Tax

July 20, 2017

Assistant Professor Whitney Afonso's article, "State LST Laws: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Laws Governing Local Sales Taxes," has been published in the top-ranked Public Budgeting and Finance journal.

School offers new online training for municipal and county managers

July 18, 2017

As part of an ongoing initiative to provide additional resources to local government managers, a new online learning opportunity covers the essentials of municipal and county management in North Carolina. The six lessons include local government law, budgeting and finance, basics of managing a local government, ethics, working with a board, and engaging citizen stakeholders.

Who Said Criminal Law Can't be Fun?

July 5, 2017

Faculty member John Rubin is known for his expertise in criminal law and indigent defense, his creation of the Collateral Consequences Assessment Tool (C-CAT), and his many contributions to the School of Government's North Carolina

Faculty Members Highlight Food Insecurity in Video, "Food for the Summer"

June 27, 2017

In the video, "Food for the Summer," School of Government and MPA faculty members Maureen Berner and Margaret Henderson highlight how one mayor convened local government and community organizations

State Treasurer of North Carolina Dale Folwell to Address Local Government Finance Officials

June 13, 2017

State Treasurer Dale Folwell will address local government officials in attendance for the sixteenth annual North Carolina State Treasurers Conference.  This one-day conference provides a forum to update local government finance officials and independent auditors on current governmental accounting, auditing, and financial management issues.

NC Attorney General Josh Stein to Address Opioid Epidemic at School of Government Conference

June 5, 2017

NC Attorney General will address substance use challenge faced by all local health departments at conference presented and hosted by the UNC School of Government
Media representatives are invited to cover this event, which is not open to the public.

Faculty Member Charles Szypszak Teaching in Poland

May 23, 2017

Faculty member Charles A. Szypszak is teaching two courses at Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) Faculty of Law and Administration in Poznań, Poland, from May 22 to June 10.

A Personal Decision, A Profound Impact: Richard and Judy Vinroot's Gift to the School of Government

April 10, 2017

“We decided we wanted to do something significant in our lives in gratitude for what the University has meant to us and our children,” said Richard Vinroot of the $1 million pledge he and his wife, Judy Vinroot, made in 2009 to the School of Government.

Forty-five years of close personal, professional, and public friendship provided a focus for that decision: the funds would be endowed in honor of Richard and Judy’s long-time friend, Robert W. Bradshaw Jr.