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IOPL Names New Chairman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
Michael Pearlmutter
IOPL Executive Director
(336) 333-9010 or (410) 212-1740
mpearlmutter@iopl.org
www.iopl.org

IOPL Announces Former Chief Justice Henry Frye
as New Chairman of the Board of Directors
July 2, 2013

The North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership is pleased to announce that Former Chief Justice Henry Frye* has been named Chairman of the IOPL Board of Directors, replacing Former Greensboro Mayor Jim Melvin.  Melvin’s term as Chairman expired on June 30, 2013 and he will continue to serve on the IOPL Board.

“Jim Melvin has been an excellent leader of the IOPL Board and his wisdom and guidance will be very helpful as we continue the progress that has been made under his leadership,” Justice Frye said.

Justice Frye and the IOPL Board will guide the Institute through a number of key initiatives. IOPL is in the first year after the merger with the North Carolina Center for Women in Public Service and has recently launched both the Collegiate Political Leadership Program and a Chamber of Commerce Candidate Academy.  IOPL will also continue the Women in Office Institute and Women on Board Programs from NCCWPS.  These new programs, along with the IOPL Fellows Program, will allow the Institute to continue to provide a pipeline of qualified, ethical, and diverse leadership in North Carolina.

 "The Institute of Political Leadership is experiencing an exciting period of growth, one we’ll leverage to its greatest advantage with Chief Justice Frye at the helm,” said Michael Pearlmutter, Executive Director of the Institute of Political Leadership. "We have recruited some of the state’s most strategic and talented public servants and community leaders and I am looking forward to working with this exceptional group of people under Chief Justice Frye’s leadership."

* Justice Frye has over 24 years in the private practice of law, fourteen years in the North Carolina General Assembly, ten years as President of a local bank, two years as an assistant U.S. attorney, two years as a law school professor, and more than seventeen years on the Supreme Court of North Carolina including serving from 1999-2001 as the Chief Justice. He was a munitions officer with the United States Air Force in Japan and Korea, and later served as a Judge Advocate General Area Representative with the Air Force Reserve. In 1968, he became the first African-American to be elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in the Twentieth Century. He served in the State House for 12 years and was then elected to a two-year term in the North Carolina Senate.  In 1983, Justice Frye became the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Court of North Carolina. He was appointed by NC Governor Jim Hunt to serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in September, 1999, another first.  He retired from the Court, effective January 1, 2001 and shortly thereafter became an attorney at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP here in Greensboro. Justice Frye is a former Visiting Professor of Political Science and Justice at North Carolina A&T State University.

About IOPL: The Institute of Political Leadership is a multi-partisan, non-profit educational institution formed to improve the quality of political leadership in North Carolina at the state and local levels.  IOPL develops the political skills of North Carolinians with potential to be the state's future political leaders.  Over 26 years, IOPL has more than 1,500 graduates from nearly every county in North Carolina.  Just over 100 graduates currently serve in elected office throughout North Carolina. 
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