HPU Awards Honorary Doctorate To BB&T CEO

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 22, 2009 ? High Point University will honor BB&T CEO Kelly King with an honorary doctorate during the spring 2009 commencement ceremony, to be held May 9. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin will serve as commencement speaker.
“Mr. King is an innovative leader who has had significant influence on North Carolina,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, president of HPU. “We are proud of his achievements and consider him a positive role model for our students.”
King has served in many roles before becoming CEO in 2009, including manager for its Central and Metropolitan regions, Raleigh city executive, Charlotte business services manager, Statesville consumer loan department manager, Statesville marketing officer, banking manager for BB&T’s branch network from 1988 to 2004, and BB&T?s chief operating officer from 2004 to 2008. King also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T Corporation?s primary banking subsidiary).
King also has many roles outside of BB&T, including serving as chair of the Piedmont Triad Leadership Group, United Way Tocqueville Leadership Campaign and United Way Tocqueville Leadership Society; former chairman of the board for North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center and Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce; former chairman of the board for North Carolina Bankers Association; former chairman for Operation Shipshape (Battleship North Carolina); former board member for North Carolina Partnership for Children; and much more.
He holds a Business Accounting degree and Master?s in Business Administration degree from East Carolina University and attended the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among ?America?s Best Colleges.? The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu. Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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