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The Department of Leadership Studies at North Carolina A&T State University is set to honor Ralph Everett as its Spring 2012 Eminent Leader.

Everett is president & chief executive officer of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is widely acknowledged as the nation’s leading think tank for policy analysis and research on issues of concern to African Americans and other people of color. 

As the honoree, he will give a lecture on “Leadership Engagement in the 2012 Elections” at 6:30 p.m., March 26 in Proctor Hall, room 160. A reception will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Everett, an Orangeburg, S.C. native, has more than 30 years of leadership experience in Washington, D.C. He’s served as a legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, Democratic Staff Director and Minority Chief Counsel for the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. He was also appointed as U.S. Ambassador to the International Telecommunication Union’s Plenipotentiary Conference and was chosen to lead the U.S. Delegation to the Second World Telecommunication Development Conference in Malta. There, he was elected vice chairman of the world proceedings.  In 2008, Everett was a team lead for the Obama-Biden Transition Project Agency Review Working Group responsible for overseeing the Department of Commerce. 

The Eminent Leaders Lecture series started in 2005. A committee of doctoral students and faculty members of the leadership studies department selects one or two Eminent Leaders each year. The committee receives nominations from faculty and students, gathers information, a discussion is had and the team makes the selection.