MyFutureNC to develop statewide attainment goal, education plan

MyFutureNC to develop statewide attainment goal, education plan

The leaders of North Carolina’s public education systems have partnered to create myFutureNC, a new statewide commission on educational attainment.

The partners are University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings; Peter Hans, president of the North Carolina Community College System; and Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson. The commission’s work is being underwritten by grants from The John M. Belk Endowment, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Goodnight Education Foundation.

MyFutureNC is bringing together North Carolina thought leaders from the education, business, philanthropy, faith-based and nonprofit communities, and ex officio representatives from the state House of Representatives, Senate and Governor’s Office, to discuss state education and training needs, identify obstacles to meeting those needs, and generate policy recommendations. The effort is being led by a team of co-chairs: Dale Jenkins, chief executive officer of Medical Mutual Holdings; Andrea Smith, chief administrative officer of Bank of America; and Spellings.

Working in partnership with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, the UNC School of Government and EducationNC, the commission is holding a series of listening sessions to hear from communities about what they perceive as their region’s economic strengths and to identify the education opportunities that are most needed to capitalize on those strengths. To learn more about the listening sessions and myFutureNC, visit


Jennifer Haygood and Margaret Spellings