Albert Coats founded the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1931. The Institute, now the School of Government, is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2006. The school serves local and state government officials across the state. Attendance at the school's programs is around 14,000 annually. Besides handling classes and conferences, the school's staff of over one hundred responds to over 100,000 requests for assistance each year and publishes over one hundred books, articles, journals, and bulletins annually.