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Kirk J. Bradley

Kirk J. Bradley, of Chapel Hill, NC, was appointed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2021 to serve on the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina System. His term will end in 2025.

Bradley is honored to help govern the UNC System's 17 institutions and recognizes the University's contributions to the economic health and wellbeing of North Carolina residents. He is most interested in helping to create better pathways between K-12 schools, community colleges, and public universities, developing a strong workforce with credentials that employers find necessary and relevant.

Bradley is the chairman, president, and CEO of Lee-Moore Capital Company, a private, family-owned business that operates in the real estate investment and venture capital industries. He has spent his career working in family businesses of convenience retail, motor fuel distribution, real estate development, and venture capital.

In 1984, Bradley received his bachelor's in business administration from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. He graduated in 1986 with his master's in business administration from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

Bradley serves as a director on the Health Alliance Medical Plan Board, Champaign, Illinois.

In addition to his professional work, Bradley is passionate about civic engagement. He volunteers across several regional economic development and education efforts and is the immediate past chair of the Sanford Area Growth Alliance and serves as a director on the Airport Authority at Raleigh Executive Jetport and the Research Triangle Regional Partnership. He is the immediate past chair of the Heart Center Leadership Council at Duke University Medical Center and serves on the UNC Eship Center Leadership Council, the Boys & Girls Club of Central Carolina Foundation, and Lee County Education Foundation.

He is the past chair of the American Battlefield Trust in Washington, DC. Bradley also formerly served as a director for UNC's Institute for the Environment and as director emeritus of the Alumni Board of the Terry College of Business of the University of Georgia. Kirk has previously served as chair of the Fuqua Alumni Council; on the Board of Visitors of Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and on the Duke University Medical Center Board of Visitors; as chair of The Jazz Foundation of North Carolina, Inc.; and as a director of Triangle Land Conservancy.
Bradley's many awards include the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, Duke's Fuqua School of Business Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the School, the Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council 2012 Distinguished Citizens Award, Honorary State Treasurer, and the 2012 Sanford Herald Citizen of the Year.

Bradley and his wife, Deanne, have two daughters. The Bradley family was overjoyed to welcome their first grandchild in June of 2021.

His advice to today's high school or college student:

"You need more than a high school degree so start early in your planning and take advantage of things like Career and College Promise. Work hard to get in and out of college. You will need more credentials in your lifetime. I think credentialing and life-long learning are going to be important. Be mindful of your credentials and be sure they are matching future economic needs."