Public Executive Leadership Academy (PELA)

Knapp-Sanders Building, School of Government
8/6/2018 - 8/10/2018


Local government leaders must continually 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. 

Intensive executive training provides the opportunity to learn more about yourself as a leader and to build your capacity to successfully manage change in your community. 


About the Program


You will have the opportunity to:  

  • Create a framework to think strategically about your relationship with your board and staff
  • Develop a plan to carry out a "real world" community or regional change project
  • Develop tools to diagnose problems and create solutions within your community and your organization
  • Exchange ideas with faculty from the School of Government, national organizations, and 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 managers, assistant managers, and department heads who currently play significant external roles in their community.


Application: A select group of 25 participants will be admitted.  Apply online at pela.unc.eduThe application deadline is Tuesday, May 1.


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


Tuition Discounts and Scholarships: For details, visit the PELA site at (see "Program"). 


Lead Faculty: Carl Stenberg, Professor of Public Administration and Government


For more information: Visit for the program agenda, or contact Lisa Sheffield, program manager, at 919.962.3464 or