Mayor BJ Murphy named EA Morris Fellow

Kinston Mayor BJ Murphy has been named a 2012 E.A. Morris Fellow by the E.A. Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders.

“Networking with a diverse group of young professionals and emerging leaders throughout the course of this year will be a tremendous honor,” said Murphy. “Each of the Fellows, who hail from across the great state of North Carolina, has already proven they are successful, but still eager to learn from others. I plan on using this knowledge to better my community and state through principled leadership.”

Underwritten by the E.A. Morris Charitable Foundation and the John William Pope Foundation, the Morris Fellowship program encourages committed, diverse, and principled North Carolinians to pursue greater leadership roles within their professions and communities. Morris Fellows will explore the dynamics of public policy, principles of individual liberty and free enterprise, the role of private and nonprofit institutions in a free society, and the role of citizen leaders in a hands-on manner. Through the Fellowship program, these committed individuals will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become leaders in business, nonprofit, education, government, and other areas of public service.

The program is named in honor of Mr. Edwin A. Morris, one of the founding fathers of the North Carolina conservative movement. E.A. Morris was known for his leadership skills in his community and throughout North Carolina. Under his influence, Greensboro-based Blue Bell, Inc. became a global corporation. His generosity extended to the support of many charitable and philanthropic causes that aid the advancement of the human condition. While he received several accolades for his achievements, he remained unassuming, humbly accepting such praise.

Each class of Morris Fellows is selected through a competitive process of applications, interviews, and exercises. The candidate’s commitment includes mandatory attendance at three Morris Fellows retreats, each to be held in a different location around the state, plus a choice of at least four other approved seminars or conferences. The additional events, chosen by participants, may be sponsored by think tanks, universities, trade associations, civic clubs or other organizations. Morris Fellows must also demonstrate their leadership initiative in the form of a community leadership project. Through this final project, Fellows will have the opportunity to share with their entire Fellows class experiences and achievements over the course of the year.

For more information, contact Karen Palasek, Ph.D., M.O.D., Director of the E.A. Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders at or 919.828.3876.