Jim Hunt – ModeratorFormer Governor of North Carolina
Governor Jim Hunt served as Governor of North Carolina from 1977 to 1985 and again from 1993 to 2001, and became the longest-serving governor in the state’s history. He established the Smart Start Program in 1993, a non-profit public/private partnership rooted in each of the state’s 100 counties that provides high-quality child care, health care, and family support. Governor Hunt is an educational visionary respected by both parties for his unprecedented commitment to improving the quality and accessibility of American education. He continues to be a leading statesman in his personal devotion to this effort. In 2001, the James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy was founded as an agency of the University of North Carolina in recognition of his legacy. Through the Institute, Governor Hunt collaborates with state and national policymakers and leaders to secure America’s future through quality K-12 and higher education.