The University of North Carolina (UNC) is developing the James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, named for the state’s former governor.

UNC is known as a center of research in K-16 teacher professional development, and university officials said the Institute will provide a forum for concentrating all their efforts in this area. Many of these activities have been operated to date by the UNC Center for School Leadership Development, which provides year-round professional development for K-12 teachers.

Partners in the Institute, such as the North Carolina Teacher Academy, North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and North Carolina Principal Fellows Program, will be outlets for innovative training programs and professional development activities. The Institute is trying to line up grants to begin its programs, and it will move into a new building in November 2001.