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Who is Jim Leutze?

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Jim Leutze is probably best known as the former chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He oversaw the university during a time when the institution grew in numbers and prestige and earned a positive reputation in the community for civic leadership. He stepped down from the position in 2003 after 13 years on the job. After retiring, Leutze entered the political realm by running for N.C. Senate District 9. Thom Goolsby, the Republican candidate and an attorney, defeated Leutze in 2010. Gov. Mike Easley appointed him to the board of the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission in 2005. History and coastal issues are among Leutze’s passions. He’s made environmental documentaries, including one on the Cape Fear River, and is also author of a biography about naval commander Adm. Thomas C. Hart.


Married to Margaret J. Gates

Political party: Democrat

Education: University of Maryland, College Park, M.A. at the University of Miami, PhD at Duke University

Career: Served as an officer in the Air Force and was later an aide to Democratic U.S. Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota. At UNC-Chapel Hill, he was the first Dowd Professor of War and Peace.

Activities: Board Member of The North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission, The Nature Conservancy, The Daniel D. and Elizabeth H. Cameron Foundation, The North Carolina Beaches, Inlets and Waterways Association. Interim Executive Director of the Upper Coastal Plains Learning Council Co-Chair of The Off Shore Energy Exploration Legislative Research Commission and The Hunt Scholars Council at N.C. State University

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One Response to “ Who is Jim Leutze?”

  1. On November 9, 2016 at 3:50 pm Tom Douglass wrote:

    Thanks to the NAACP we sons of NC have an independent and capable governor-elect. Dr. Leutze possesses a mind and skills which we pray our state will call upon in the next few years.

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