Media contact: Mary Lou Addor, Natural Resources Leadership Institute Associate Director, 919.515.9602 or email@example.com
NOTE: A group photo of the graduates listed below is available by request to Natalie Hampton, 919.513.3128 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Eighteen North Carolinians from across the state and a natural resources professional from Tennessee are the most recent graduates of the Natural Resources Leadership Institute at North Carolina State University.
Founded by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at N.C. State, the NRLI is a nationally recognized leadership development program. Programs modeled on the NRLI are offered in Kentucky, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Montana, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and Indiana.
Housed within the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at N.C. State University, the NRLI has graduated 300 plus professionals since its inception in 1995. The NRLI is a capacity-building model, designed to build the leadership capability of North Carolinians involved in natural resource management and help them confront some of our most contentious environmental issues.
Graduates represent a diverse mixture of experiences, backgrounds, affiliations and geographic locations. During the 18-month leadership development program, participants explore the leader within and expand their understanding of leadership. Since 2002, Progress Energy has provided scholarships, enabling participants to attend who otherwise would not be able to do so.
As part of the applied learning environment, NRLI participants put knowledge to work by developing a leadership project guided by institute faculty. The faculty of the NRLI are: Mary Lou Addor, associate director, NRLI; Dr. Ed Jones, associate director, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service; Dr. John Stephens, associate professor, School of Government, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Dr. Toddi Steelman, associate professor of forestry and environmental resources, N.C. State; and Dr. Steve Smutko, Extension specialist, agricultural and resource economics.
Listed by county, the 2005 NRLI graduates, organizational affiliation and their projects are:
Carolyn Wells, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Asheville
New Hanover County
Jennifer Maxwell, UNC-Chapel Hill Recycling Center, Chapel Hill
Drew Cade, Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space; Morrisville
Tom Gerow Jr., N.C. Division of Forest Resources, Raleigh
Russ Hardee, N.C. Division of Forest Resources, Rockingham
Kim Nimmer, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Water Quality, Raleigh
Michael Schlegel, KCI Technologies Inc., Raleigh
For more information on the Natural Resource Leadership Institute or to learn about the upcoming 2007 Leadership Development Program, contact Mary Lou Addor, 919.515.9602 or Mary_Addor@ncsu.edu, or visit the NRLI Web site, www.ces.ncsu.edu/NRLI .
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