RALEIGH, N.C. — Anita Brown-Graham, a professor at the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is taking over as the executive director of the Institute for Emerging Issues.

Brown-Graham will assume the post on Jan. 1.

The Institute for Emerging Issues is a policy think thank at North Carolina State University that was founded 20 years ago. The group is best known for its annual conferences on trends in education and business development. Its next forum, which is Feb. 1-2, 2007, will focus on transforming higher education.

Brown-Graham replaces Luke Bierman, who resigned in August. Bierman had led the Institute for two years.

“Anita really demonstrates the think-and-do spirit, which is at the heart of the Institute’s mission,” said former N.C. Governor Jim Hunt, who launched the Institute. “I am so impressed with the leadership that she brings and her strong commitment to North Carolina’s future.

“Her relationships across the state and with organizations around the country will be invaluable to the important work that IEI is doing in economic development, education, business, finance, technology and healthcare,” added Hunt, who is chair of the Institute’s advisory board.

Brown-Graham has taught at UNC since 1994. She has also been actively involved with private, public and not-for-profit companies and organizations. In 2001 she served as a policy advisor to the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Brown-Graham earned a law degree at UNC.

Institute For Emerging Issues: www.emergingissues.org