Fellows Program

This program provides an invaluable chance for students to learn from some of the most notable political practitioners, academics, and journalists in an informal setting.

Political practitioners immerse themselves in the Carolina community, drawing on the University’s intellectual resources while interacting with students and leading a not-for-credit study group.

The Institute is hosting two Visiting Fellows – Governor Pat McCrory and US Congressman Mike McIntyre – for the Spring 2019 semester.

Governor Pat McCrory’s Syllabus

US Congressman Mike McIntyre’s Syllabus

With questions about the Program or to schedule an office hours appointment with the Fellows, please contact fellows@unciop.org.


Fellows independently lead non-credit seminars on timely and relevant issues of national import. These weekly 75-minute discussions, on mutually agreed upon topics, take place on campus and are open to all UNC students. Seminars are built to best leverage the expertise of Fellows and vary from lectures and informal discussion groups to panel discussions and guest lectures.

Fellows Ambassadors

Each Fellow will be assigned a team of student ambassadors. Through the IOP’s Fellows Ambassador program, students apply to serve as assistants to Fellows, organizing and promoting their seminars and events; helping prepare research for seminars; being a liaison between Fellows and the University community; and helping to orient them to UNC’s campus, the Chapel Hill community, and the Triangle region more broadly. Fellows Ambassadors will be introduced to Fellows upon arrival on campus.

About Governor Pat McCrory

Pat McCrory served as the 74th Governor of North Carolina, elected in 2012 on an agenda of tax reform, long-term transportation planning, higher teacher pay, and re-investment in community infrastructure. Prior to his election as Governor, McCrory served as Mayor of Charlotte for seven consecutive terms, from 1995 to 2009, a record-setting term of office that remains unbroken. As Mayor, McCrory prioritized local investment in public transit, development of robust community policing programs, and upgrading public housing facilities. He also served on the US Homeland Security Advisory Council, appointed during President George W. Bush’s first Administration. His time as Mayor followed a three-term tenure on the Charlotte City Council.

McCrory has also led an active professional life, working for 29 years at Duke Energy and serving on the Boards of Lending Tree, Kewaunee Scientific, and Transportation Impact. In addition to his work as an IOP Fellow this semester, McCrory currently hosts the Pat McCrory Show on WBT radio and is a regular contributor on NBC’s Meet the Press.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Pat McCrory moved to Jamestown, North Carolina as a child and graduated from Catawba College in 1974 with a degree in Political Science. He also holds a teaching certification from the same institution. McCrory resides in Charlotte with his wife, Ann, and their dog, Moe.

About US Congressman Mike McIntyre

Mike McIntyre served as a US Congressman representing the Seventh District of North Carolina from 1997 to 2015. Serving for 18 years, McIntyre gained a reputation as someone willing to reach across party lines to work for bipartisan solutions to some of the country’s most pressing issues. He is especially grateful for the opportunity to have worked in Congress on behalf of the incredibly diverse area of North Carolina that he represented, and to advocate for the economic development priorities that drive commerce in the American Southeast.

Recently selected unanimously as the recipient of the Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake, Jr, Award for exemplary public service by the NC Bar Association, and having received from the Secretary of the Navy its highest civilian award, the Distinguished Public Service Medal, for his work on behalf of the Navy and Marine Corps, McIntyre has won top national awards for his work on economic development, law enforcement, veterans, rural health care, agricultural, coastal and senior citizens issues, as well as parks, recreation and youth sports – and an inaugural international award for public policy for promoting jobs and workforce development.

Born and raised in Lumberton, North Carolina, Mike McIntyre graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1978 as both a Morehead Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and from UNC Law in 1981. Upon graduation, he practiced law for 15 years before first being elected to Congress. McIntyre has since become Director of Government Relations with Poyner Spruill Law Firm in Raleigh, as well as continued his long history of community service with faith-based and civic organizations. He and his wife, Dee, who now live near Hillsborough, have two sons, Josh and Stephen, who graduated from UNC, and are in the legal profession, as are their wives, Sarah and Angelica. His new grandson, Hamilton, was also born in Chapel Hill.