Landis Appointed Newest Carolina Trustee

Kel Landis ’79 of Raleigh has been named the newest member of the Board of Trustees. Landis was appointed to the 13-member board responsible for governing the University by Gov. Beverly Perdue.

Landis, who will fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Eddie Smith ’65 last fall, will join the board at its May meeting.

The appointment was announced during the board’s March meeting last week by Chair Wade Hargrove ’62.

Landis is a partner with Plexus Capital, a firm that focuses on investments and partnerships with middle-market businesses. He was CEO of RBC Centura Bank from 2001 until his retirement in 2004 after serving as president of Centura Banks before its sale to RBC Financial Group in 2001. He also has worked for Wachovia and First Union banks in North Carolina.

At UNC, Landis earned a bachelor of science in business administration degree in 1979 and a master’s of business administration degree in 1982. He is a past chair of the Board of Visitors and a member of the UNC Foundation’s board of directors. He serves on the Kenan-Flagler Business School’s board of visitors and previously was an adjunct professor of finance. In addition, he has been a trustee of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, housed at UNC, and a trustee of Elizabeth City State University. He also has been a director of the N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry and has chaired the North Carolina Bankers Association.

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