School board chairman named Hunt Institute education policy fellow

Alamance-Burlington school board chairman Sandy Ellington-Graves has been named as a Hunt Institute education policy fellow.

The Hunt Institute announced Ellington-Graves’ selection as an education policy fellow Tuesday.

The Hunt Institute was established in 2001 to honor the education legacy of former four-term North Carolina Governor James B. (“Jim”) Hunt, Jr.   The institute brings together elected and appointed leaders from across North Carolina to develop strategies and public policy recommendations aimed at improving students’ outcomes in K-12 and higher education in N.C.

A Graham native and Southern High School graduate, Ellington-Graves has served on the school board since December 2020 and as its chairman since December 2021.

As a Hunt Institute fellow, Ellington-Graves will brainstorm over the next year with 21 other elected and appointed officials from across the state about policies and programs that will improve early childhood education, K-12 public schools, and higher education in the state.

As a member of the third Hunt Institute policy fellows cohort, Ellington-Graves joins school board members from three other N.C. public school systems; three mayors and five city councilmen; county commissioners from Durham, Yadkin, and Wake counties, as well as nonprofit directors and corporate executives from across the state.

Ellington-Graves is scheduled to begin her term as a Hunt Institute education policy fellow next week.  Terms run one year.