Advanced Leadership Corps

  • Aug. 1-6, 2021, Chapel Hill
  • Applications are due April 16, 2021.
  • Find more information and application instructions on UNC School of Government website
The Advanced Leadership Corps (ALC) is an intensive program that helps local elected leaders understand their leadership styles and gain insight into how to work with others in their communities, their region and the state. ALC was created in 2013 by the UNC School of Government in partnership with the NCACC and the N.C. League of Municipalities as part of NCACC President Howard Hunter III's initiative on mentoring and leadership.

The program consists of three parts:
  • Advance work: You will complete assessments in advance designed to give you insight into your leadership style.
  • On-site program: The program runs from Sunday evening to Friday afternoon at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill; participants and instructors work together all day and most evenings.
  • Follow-up coaching: Every participant receives two sessions with a professional executive coach. 
Application and acceptance
Any experienced local elected leader is eligible to apply. Preference will be given to those who have served more than one term of office. All applicants will be considered based on space availability. The class is limited to 24 participants.

Registration fee
Thanks to generous support from Prudential, the fee to attend is $500, making it possible for local elected leaders across North Carolina to participate. The fee covers lodging and most meals as well as all instruction, materials, and pre- and post-course coaching.

What to expect from Advanced Leadership Corps:
  • Improve your ability to inspire others to work toward a shared vision
  • Develop deeper insights into what it means to lead and govern in the public sector
  • Reflect on leadership as a skill to be learned and a relationship to be nurtured
  • Learn to observe and adapt to others’ communication styles for better relationships
What Advanced Leadership Corps expects from you:
  • Commit to spending a week in Chapel Hill, Aug. 1-6, 2021
  • Prepare in advance of the program
  • Share with others and respect differences
  • Be fully present

If you have questions about your status in the LELA program, visit to look up your credits earned, or contact Julie Totten (919-715-2893 or


Sally Greene, Orange County
Butch Lawter, Johnston County
Tammy Lee, Bertie County
Sara Mogilski, NCACC
Wallace Nelson, Perquimans County
Elaine Powell, Mecklenburg County
Susan Rodriguez-McDowell, Mecklenburg County
Frank Williams, Brunswick County

2019 class
Leslie Atkinson, Wilson County
Amy Bason, NCACC
Fleming El-Amin, Forsyth County
Charles Evans, Cumberland County
Karen Howard, Chatham County
George Liner, Craven County
Steve Morris, Cabarrus County
Reece Pyrtle, Rockingham County
C. Gordon Springle, Harnett County

2016 class

Anna Baucom, Anson County 
Ernestine Byrd Bazemore, Bertie County 
Ronnie Beale, Macon County 
Barbara Beatty, Catawba County 
Ed Booth, Beaufort County
Charles Farley, Pitt County 
Viola Harris, Edgecombe County
Page Lemel, Transylvania County
Kevin Leonard, NCACC
Garry Meiggs, Camden County 
Ron Wesson, Bertie County

2015 class
Lisa Barnes, Nash County
Tare "T" Davis, Warren County
Fannie Greene, Northampton County
Steve Jarvis, Davidson County
Carol McCall, Scotland County
Linda Millsaps, NCACC
Mary Perkins-Williams, Pitt County
Ellen Reckhow, Durham County
Penny Rich, Orange County
Mark Richardson, Rockingham County
Pat Sykes, Brunswick County
Glen Webb, Pitt County

2014 class
Dempsey Bond, Jr., Martin County
George Dunlap, Mecklenburg County
Elizabeth Floyd, NCACC
Wendy Jacobs, Durham County
Fred McClure, Davidson County
D. Cole Phelps, Washington County
Larry Phillips, Surry County
Renee Price, Orange County
Ronnie Smith, Martin County

2013 class
Kevin Austin, Yadkin County
Jonathan Barfield, Jr., New Hanover County
Gary D. Blevins, Wilkes County
J. Martin Cooke, Jr., Brunswick County
Brenda Howerton, Durham County
Howard Hunter III, Hertford County
Tracey A. Johnson, Washington County
Patrice Roesler, NCACC
Robert Wisecarver, Davie County 

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