UNC School of Government

The UNC School of Government was created with a commitment to better serve the people and communities around us by supporting the public officials who lead them. As the nation’s largest university-based local government training, advisory and research organization, we serve more than 12,000 public officials each year—adding an unprecedented value to the state of North Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Driven by Carolina’s public mission, we inform and assist all levels of local government with nonpartisan and policy-neutral expertise to help elected officials and civil servants govern in the best interest of their communities.

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Investing in North Carolina, Leading for Results

The Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) generously sponsors a training program for emerging leaders in N.C. communities. Hear Dean Mike Smith and LGFCU CEO Maurice R. Smith reflect on why an investment in a tuition-free leadership program is really an investment in the state.

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Strengthening North Carolina’s local governments

Dante Pittman, member of the first cohort of Lead for North Carolina Fellows, is now human relations director for the City of Wilson, his hometown.

Chris Atack and Duane Hampton in police uniforms pose at the UNC School of Government.

A Mission for Public Service

A UNC School of Government program supports leadership in public service.

Close-up of Anita Brown-Graham posting in front of The Well at UNC-Chapel Hill.

New funding for statewide youth employment program

Blue Cross NC award fuels Carolina Across 100’s “Our State, Our Work” program.

A group of LFNC fellows

Cultivating Community Leaders

A one-year grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation supports Lead for North Carolina’s work in local governments.

Mike Smith and Maurice Smith posing for photo

“Together, we’re going to do great things for North Carolina”

Local Government Federal Credit Union is continuing its support of the UNC School of Government with $12.7 million pledge.

SECU Foundation and LFNC members hold the $1 million check

Investing in Local Leadership

SECU Foundation Helps UNC School of Government Fund LFNC Fellowships.