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Doctoral candidate Trip Stallings selected for William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations

Trip Stallings, Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education, is one of 19 newly named William C. Friday Fellows for Human Relations. The Fellows were selected from nearly 300 people who were nominated by leaders across the state. 

The Fellows represent diverse races, cultures, ideologies, vocations and geographic regions of North Carolina.  Current and former Fellows include newspaper editors, legislators, judges, nonprofit activists, think tank leaders, educators, doctors, and civic and business leaders, all of whom are concerned for and working toward the greater good for all North Carolinians.

The Fellowship is awarded by the Wildacres Leadership Initiative (WLI), a statewide program whose mission is to cultivate a network of leaders who connect across differences in identity and ideas to develop new solutions to the complex challenges facing the people and communities of North Carolina.

WLI fosters a model of leadership that emphasizes integrity, intention and inclusion. It offers leaders across North Carolina opportunities to engage in exploration and dialogue across deep differences.

During the two-year Fellowship, the 19 members of the Class of 2008-2010 will participate in six four-day leadership seminars. They also will engage in one-on-one coaching for leadership effectiveness and self-directed learning for personal and professional development.

The two years as Fellows serve as an orientation to joining a network of 166 former Fellows, who are now leaders working together to confront issues facing their communities in North Carolina.

The Wildacres Leadership Initiative was initiated in 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Wildacres Retreat, a public facility dedicated to the betterment of human relations by I.D. Blumenthal and the Blumenthal family of Charlotte. 

The Friday Fellowship is named in honor of William C. Friday, former president of the University of North Carolina system. 

“The Blumenthal family’s continuing commitment to ensuring the certainty of the splendid tradition of public service is one for which every single North Carolinian should be profoundly grateful,” President Emeritus Friday said. “The Fellows program is the best I know of for working to prepare a new generation of servant leaders committed to human relations.”

Stallings is a fourth-year student in the Ph.D. in Education program’s Culture, Curriculum and Change emphasis. His dissertation research focuses on education reform in the Southeast and the rise of the education governors.

He is the recipient of the 2008-2009 James Yadkin Joyner Fellowship in the School of Education. In this role, he is working with senior administrators at the James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy and at the School of Education to shape education policy in North Carolina and the nation.