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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: The many hats of Jim Leutze

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Our Extraordinary Person of the Week has penned a new book with his perspective on where North Carolina once was and is now. His experience in the Tarheel State is vast and has him thinking we’re headed in the wrong direction and he knows his history. This week we introduce you to the many hats of Jim Leutze.

“I’m just as busy as I ever was,” Jim Leutze told Daniel Seamans over the long time educators patio table. Jim Leutze makes retirement look like a full time job.
“North Carolina is my adopted state,” Leutze said. “My children grew up here, they live here, grandchildren grew up here.”

Leutze graduated from Duke. He was a professor of history at UNC at Chapel Hill. But maybe best known for his tenure as former chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Matter of fact, it’s well documented that during his 13 years at UNCW, the school grew in both enrollment and prestige. In 2010 he had an unsuccessful run for NC Senate, but his passion for North Carolina has never faded.

“Here I spent 35 years in education and I don’t think North Carolinians know what’s going on in the state,” Leutze said. “I did a bad job, apparently. I didn’t ignite enough passion in people about public affairs and what’s going on.” His passion can be found his newly released book, ‘Entering North Carolina: Set clocks back 100 years’. Leutze said of the new book, “It’s a call to arms for people who don’t like the way the state is going.”

The cover alone speaks volumes(see video) and inside the book, his words paint a colorful picture of history headed to repeating itself. “This book is different, this is not intended to be a full history of Carolina,” Leutze said. “It’s more using history to explain what is going on today.”

And he is adamant that he’s not picking parties. “Let me make it clear,” says Leutze. “This is not intended to be partisan. I don’t care who is in power, where it is epublican, libertarian, democrat, a new party, or someone with a vision for the future and wants to see us going forward, not backward.”

One thing for sure is that Jim Leutze is passionate about the people of North Carolina and that’s ‘extraordinary’.

One last note, Jim Leutze will be joining the WWAY crew on election night for his expert analysis alongside political consultant/strategist Chad Adams and our own political expert and news director Kevin Wuzzardo.
Our special election night coverage begins at 10:55 on WWAY and is commercial free for 40 minutes.

If you would like to nominate someone who you think is extraordinary, email me at dseamans@wwaytv3.com
-Daniel

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