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    Today is GiveUNC, the University’s annual day of giving. As Dean Mike Smith is set to step down as Dean at the end of this year, today we are celebrating his 30 years of leadership at the School. The message below invites you to honor his service and legacy with a gift supporting the Mike R. Smith Dean’s Greatest Needs Fund which will provide unrestricted funds that will allow the School to support and address current needs and issues facing North Carolina. The importance of today is less about the amount raised and more about the number of donors – a testament to the value of the School and what we do.


    Time and again, my work across the state of North Carolina reminds me of the power of good leadership. True leaders unlock potential in others, leading to transformative outcomes in institutions and communities. I have been blessed to witness this type of leadership from Dean Mike Smith during my career at the UNC School of Government.

    Mike is empowering, empathetic, steady, and transparent. As he prepares to step down from his deanship at the end of 2022, I see his fingerprints all over my career and that of colleagues at the School and throughout our state.

    GiveUNC provides us with an opportunity to celebrate Mike’s accomplishments and honor his legacy at the School. I hope you will join me with a contribution to the Mike R. Smith Dean’s Greatest Need Fund. If you have already donated today, thank you so much.

    This is a moment for celebration! Thank you for joining me in recognizing Mike’s extraordinary leadership and for supporting the work of the School of Government.


    Anita Brown-Graham
    Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government
    Director, ncIMPACT Initiative

    Due to the nature of GiveUNC, you may also receive emails from other programs across campus.
    If you have already made your GiveUNC gift this year, thank you! You truly make Carolina a place like no other.

    Cheryl Howell is a Professor of Public Law and Government at the School of Government specializing in family law.
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