Institute, Now In Its Fifth Year, Selects 1999 Class Of Virginia's
Emerging Political Leaders
15, 1999 -- Some 37 business and community leaders
from across Virginia have been selected to participate in the 1999
class of the Thomas C. Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership
at the University of Virginia.
Sorensen Institute is a nonpartisan center that provides training
for Virginia's emerging political leaders. The mission of the institute,
now in its fifth year, is to give class members the knowledge and
skills necessary to be informed and responsible participants in
the political process.
institute's 10-month program, held at universities around the state,
emphasizes three areas: public policy, ethics, and campaigning.
Faculty for the program include university professors, current and
former elected officials, and specialists in fields such
as transportation, education, the environment, and government finances.
and community leaders from throughout the state compete for selection
in the institute's program. Participants are chosen in a series
of interviews conducted by the institute's 10 regional boards.
institute's program was launched in 1994, under the leadership of
founding director Bill Wood, former editorial page editor of the
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot and long-time Virginia political reporter.
Many of the program's graduates now hold elected and appointed positions
in local and state government, from school boards to the state legislature.
Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856.