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 Deadline to apply for the Public Executive Leadership Academy is May 1 

Public Executive Leadership Academy
July 9-13 and August 6-10, 2012
napp-Sanders Building
School of Government, UNC-Chapel Hill  


Local government leaders must find new ways of dealing with growing demands for service and increasingly limited resources. This environment calls for strong leadership and innovative problem-solving approaches that build external partnerships across jurisdictions and sectors.  

As a graduate of the Senior Executive Institute, you know the value of a program designed specifically for public leaders. PELA's intensive executive training experience provides the opportunity to build your capacity to successfully manage change in your community.


You will have the opportunity to:  

  • Create a framework to think about your relationship with your board and staff
  • Develop a plan to carry out a "real world" community or regional change project
  • Strengthen your ability to diagnose problems and create solutions within your community and your organization
  • Exchange ideas with faculty from the UNC School of Government and national organizations, and with a diverse group of your peers  

Who should attend? PELA is designed for public leaders with at least five to seven years of progressively responsible management experience, including city and county managers, assistant managers, and department heads who currently play significant external roles in their community.


Application: A select group of 30 participants will be admitted. Application deadline is May 1. Apply online at


Course Fee: The course fee of $4,000 may be paid over two fiscal years. Lodging, most meals, and instructional materials are included.     


For more information: Visit for the program agenda, or contact Lisa Sheffield, program manager, at 919.962.3464 or or Carl Stenberg, PELA director, or 919.962.2377.