Check out these links to media articles related to Governor’s School.


April 24, 2012: Shelby Star – Homeless to Harvard


July 20, 2011: News 14 Carolina – Half of funds raised to keep Governor’s School open

July 20, 2011: Charlotte Observer – School Needs Funds by August 1st.

July 19, 2011: Salisbury Post – Governor’s School a Life-Altering Experience

July 17, 2011: Durham Herald-Sun – The first thing that ever broke my heart.

July 16, 2001: Winston-Salem Journal – Excellent Opportunity for a Sponsor

July 15, 2001: Jacksonville Daily News – Governor’s School entering new era

July 14, 2011: WRAL – Governor’s School weighs tuition to replace state funds

July 10, 2011: Greenville Daily Reflector – Alumni Rally to Preserve Program

July 10, 2011: News and Observer…
Story: Alumni Chip In To Save Governor’s School (ChelseaKellner)
Editorial: And Now, the Cost
Photo Gallery: GSE Alumni Day
Letters to the Editor:
Boost at the Top (Sandra Currin)
A Sad Choice (Tom and Dee Clere)
Investing in Students (Melissa Ross Matton)

July 9, 2011: News 14 Carolina – GS Students work to maintain program.

July 8, 2011: News and Observer – A Treasure Being Lost to Budget Cuts (Op-Ed by Randy Foy)

July 8, 2011: GS Foundation – GS West Alum Josh Hughes: A Place to Call Home

July 7, 2011: News and Observer – State delays decision on Governor’s School Funding

July 6, 2011: Daily Tar Heel – NC Governor’s School Seeks Alumni Donations, Private Funding

July 6: 2011: News and Observer – Cuts for Governor’s School may end summer program for gifted students

July 3, 2011: W-S Journal – Legislators cut state money to Governor’s School of North Carolina.

July 1, 2011: Letter to the Editor by Randy Foy, GSW Orchestra Conductor.

Governor’s School requiem?

Among the casualties of the recent state budget is the Governor’s School of North Carolina.

Started in 1963, it stands as the first state-supported summer program for gifted high school students in academics and the arts in the nation. Bright high-school students are selected and come from all socio-economic backgrounds from across North Carolina, attesting to our statewide commitment to education. Programs in many states have been modeled after this original Governor’s School concept started by Terry Sanford.

I was a student at the Governor’s School program in its early years (1967) and returned to teach at the Salem College campus for many summers. The program focuses on contemporary thought — the kind that stretches the mind in courses ranging from genetics to string theory to experimental music, keeping the curriculum ever current.

It is a small part of North Carolina’s nurturing of innovation. Alumni often view the summer at Governor’s School as a pivotal educational experience in spurring lifelong inquiry.

After 49 sessions, this summer may be the last. Work is under way turning to the private sector to make it possible for the program to continue to challenge and serve bright students from North Carolina, regardless of background. The high-quality program has existed on a shoestring budget from the state (less than $900,000), but that has ended. Outside funding is crucial in keeping Governor’s School alive for North Carolina, and the non-profit N.C. Governor’s School Foundation is working to find a solution.



July 1, 2001: WXII 12 – Governor’s School Feeling Budget Pinch

June 29, 2011: Daily Tar Heel – Teaching Programs Fall Victim to Budget Cuts

June 26, 2011: South Charlotte News – Governor’s School is Family Tradition

June 22, 2011: Asheville Citizen-Times – Future of NC Governor’s School in Doubt – Asheville Parents Upset

June 9, 2011: Carrboro Citizen – Senator Ellie Kinniard Letter to Constituents

April 18, 2011: Daily Tar Heel – Governor’s School Could Lose State Funding.

April 13, 2011: Daily Tar Heel – Proposed Budget May Decrease Governor’s School Funding.