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Honoring the public service of Carolyn Leonard Hunt

Many of us remember Carolyn Hunt as our State's First Lady from 1977-1985 and 1993-2001. Carolyn Hunt has a teaching degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. She taught in Nepal, worked as a substitute teacher, served on the Wilson County School Board, and volunteered in our schools for more than 35 years.
Hunt wedding
Carolyn married Jim in 1958. Photo from Governor Hunt’s personal collection.


“We had very similar backgrounds, very similar. Both growing up in the country, working hard on our families’ farms, beliefs, faith, all those things.” — Carolyn Hunt


Hunt’s first inauguration with Carolyn, Baxter, Rebecca, Rachel, and Elizabeth. Photo Credit: Charlie Jones.
With Jimmy Carter.
With Jimmy Carter. Photo Credit: Charles I. Buchanan, Kinston Free Press.
Hunt's swearing in.
Inauguration in 1993. Photo Credit: Charlie Jones.
With Baxter at the Hunt Library for Governor Hunt’s 75th birthday. Photo Credit: Charlie Jones.
The family in 2009.
The family in 2009. From Governor Hunt’s personal collection.
Photo from Governor Hunt’s personal collection.


“Thank God for Carolyn Hunt.” – Jim Hunt


EdNC thanks Mrs. Hunt for her public service to her husband and her family, to our students and our state.

The quotes are from Gary Pearce, Jim Hunt: A Biography, 2010. 

Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.