About Us

The Hunt Institute is a strategic catalyst for transforming public education and securing our country’s future. Using our depth and breadth of knowledge, we bring together the right people and resources to facilitate critical dialogue and mobilize action on the issues that matter in education.

Established in 2001, and an affiliated center of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Institute honors the legacy of James B. Hunt, Jr., the former governor of North Carolina who distinguished himself as an ardent champion of education. That work continues in earnest today. Our mandate: to inspire elected officials and key policymakers to make informed decisions that result in improving the lives of all children through quality education.

Core Beliefs

An affiliate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Hunt Institute bases its work on our core beliefs:

  • Education is the cornerstone of American democracy and must be available to all citizens. 
  • A free PreK-12 education is the birthright of every child and should be of sufficient rigor and relevance to ensure high school graduates are prepared for citizenship, college and work.
  • Access to higher education should be available to all citizens at the most affordable price.
  • Leaders who are endowed with the public trust have a responsibility to make informed decisions that create and maintain educational standards that are second to none in the world.
  • Opportunities for lifelong learning are critical to sustain the nation’s economic health and the prosperity of individuals.

Contact Us

Question about the future of American education? Need more information on one of our events? Ready to join our mission? If you’re interested in any aspect of The Hunt Institute’s work, please feel free to contact us.

Contact Information

The Hunt Institute
1000 Park Forty Plaza
Suite 280
Durham, NC 27713

Phone: 919.962.4296
Fax: 919.843.3113
Email: info@hunt-institute.org