Over 50 graduates of The Institute have either run for public office and won or entered appointive government service as a result of their Institute education and experience.
Ted Budd won the GOP nomination in a special congressional primary in NC-13 on June 7, 2016 and is now serving in his third term in Congress.
Scott Stone won a primary for the NC State House in March 2016 and was appointed to his seat in May when incumbent resigned.
Kenny Smith won election to the Charlotte City Council in 2013.
Larken Egleston is now serving his third term on the Charlotte City Council.
Four graduates were elected to the NC House in 2020: Dr. Kristin Baker, a Morehead Scholar from UNC-Chapel Hill was elected from House District 82 in Concord; Jeff McNeely, a businessman now represents Statesville; David Willis represents Union County; and Jeff Zenger, who attended our 2o12 adult class at Wake Forest University; now represents a district from Winston-Salem.
Tai Huynh came through a class series in spring of 2019 we held for Morehead-Cain Scholars at Chapel Hill. He ran that fall and defeated a 10-year incumbent by 24 votes. He is now one of the youngest municipal office-holders in the state at age 23. Tai is the first person of Vietnamese heritage to ever be elected to any public office at any level in the state of North Carolina.