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Pope Center renamed for Jim Martin, who will headline higher education event

Former Governor Jim Martin gives his report on UNC athletics at a UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees meeting held at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill on Dec. 20, 2012.
Former Governor Jim Martin gives his report on UNC athletics at a UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees meeting held at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill on Dec. 20, 2012. cseward@newsobserver.com

Former Gov. Jim Martin will speak about the past and future of higher-education reform Monday in Raleigh.

Martin will be joined by Jenna Robinson, president of the former Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, a conservative think tank that has been newly renamed for Martin. The change took effect Jan. 1, when the center officially became the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

On the center’s website, Robinson wrote that confusion between the Pope Center and the Pope Foundation prompted the name change. Both organizations were named for John William Pope but had different missions, she wrote: “The new name will allow us to create our own identity – focused on our mission of academic renewal.”

Art Pope – chairman of the Pope Foundation, John William Pope’s son and a financier of conservative and Republican causes – wrote that his family had a long relationship with Martin, a Republican who served as governor from 1985 to 1993.

Martin, a graduate of both Davidson College and Princeton University, was a faculty member for 12 years at Davidson, where he taught chemistry. He is a former six-term North Carolina congressman who began his political career as a county commissioner in Mecklenburg County.

He’s been a board member of the higher education center since 2010.

The event Monday is at noon at the John Locke Foundation office at 200 W. Morgan St., #200.

Jane Stancill: 919-829-4559, @janestancill

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