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Credits & Resources

IEI Scholars Council

The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) strives to provide historically accurate information about the state of North Carolina and its policy innovations. The following resources include papers written by the IEI Scholars Council as well as other scholarly credits for the development of all stories and challenge statements.

Since 2008, we have convened a consortium of scholars to counsel us on the research and development of our featured historical stories. In addition, we sought the assistance of other North Carolina scholars and researchers to support our ongoing efforts to create meaningful stories. We intend for these stories to educate us on the past and show a possible pathway to the future of the state. To follow are links to research papers that were peer reviewed for accuracy.


Economic Development Policy in North Carolina by Rick Carlisle, Partner, Dogwood Equity & Former Secretary, North Carolina Department of Commerce:

Economy Trends in North Carolina by Mike Walden, PhD, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Extension Economist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, North Carolina State University:

Technology in North Carolina by John Bardo, PhD, Chancellor, Western Carolina University:


Early Childhood Education and Smart Start by Karen W. Ponder, Early Childhood Consultant:

Improving K-12 Education by Tom Houlihan, PhD, President/CEO, Institute for Breakthrough Performance & Former Chair, Friday Institute:

A Report on Higher Education by Bill Friday Former President, University of North Carolina; John Lassiter, Sanders Professor of Public Law and Government Emeritus, School of Government, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; and Norma Houston, Executive Director, University of North Carolina Tomorrow Initiative:


NC Water & Energy Report by Bill Holman, Director of State Policy, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University:

NC Growth and Infrastructure Report by Jeff Michael, Director, Urban Institute, University of North Carolina-Charlotte:


History of Health Care Policy Making in NC by Pam Silberman, PhD, President/CEO, North Carolina Institute of Medicine:

Leadership & Policy

Tar Heel Politics by Karl E. Campbell, PhD, Associate Professor of History, Appalachian State University

Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. Elections by Ferrell Guillory, PhD, Founder, Program of Public Life, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill:

Community & Quality of Life by Joe Mobley, Professor of History, North Carolina State University:

Other Resources

Jim Hunt: A Biography by Gary Pearce