- Associated Press - Thursday, November 20, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - One of the founders of North Carolina’s leading conservative think tank is leaving its day-to-day operations to run a charitable organization that’s given millions of dollars over the years to support the John Locke Foundation.

Locke Foundation President John Hood will become president of the John William Pope Foundation in January. Hood will be succeeded by Executive Vice President Kory Swanson, who also will hold the title of CEO.

At the Pope Foundation, Hood succeeds former state budget director Art Pope, who will remain chairman of the charitable group. Hood also stays chairman of the Locke Foundation board of directors.

Art Pope is the son of the charity’s namesake. He’s known for backing conservative political causes and leads retailer Variety Wholesalers. The Locke Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015.

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