by Sam Gentry

The University of West Georgia’s Richards College of Business will soon host a speaker whose vast experience in the financial industry will offer unique insight and wisdom to those in attendance.

The event – the latest installment in the Richards College of Business Lectures in Free Enterprise series hosted by BB&T now Truist– will take place virtually on Zoom, Wednesday, April 7, at 12:30 p.m. Registration is free but limited. Click here to register.Kelly King

The series, designed to generate a dialogue about the ethical foundation of capitalism and free enterprise, is the result of a partnership between the Richards College of Business and the BB&T now Truist Foundation.

The speaker, Kelly King, is chairman and chief executive officer of Truist Financial Corporation, the nation’s premier financial services company serving approximately 10 million households. King has a rich history and unparalleled background in banking and finance.  

Dr. Faye S. McIntyre, dean of the Richards College of Business and Sewell Chair of Private Enterprise, said the value of King’s lecture will be tremendous.  

“We are thrilled to have Mr. King as our speaker for this installment of the BB&T now Truist Lectures in Free Enterprise,” said McIntyre. “His experience in the banking world is immense, and his knowledge and insight will impact our students in a positive and inspiring way.”

King’s career began in 1972 when he joined the Management Development Program of Truist’s predecessor, BB&T. His work at BB&T included leadership roles in commercial and retail banking, operations, insurance, corporate financial services, investment services, and capital markets.

King served as chief operating officer of BB&T Corporation and Branch Banking & Trust Company from June 2004 to December 2008 and president of BB&T Corporation from 1996 to June 2004. He was named president and chief executive officer of BB&T Corporation and chairman and chief executive officer of Branch Banking & Trust Company in January 2009 and became chairman of BB&T in January 2010.

In December 2019, King became chairman and chief executive officer of Truist Financial Corporation, created through the merger of equals between BB&T Corporation and SunTrust Banks Inc.

King served on the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve System from 2013 to 2016, and he served as the council’s president in 2016. He also served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond from 2009-12.

A native of North Carolina, King earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in business administration from East Carolina University. He is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.

UWG’s Richards College of Business sponsors the BB&T now Truist Lectures in Free Enterprise series during the spring and fall semesters each year. Past speakers include: Benjamin Raymond, founder and CEO of Raymond Insurance Group; Christa Pitts, co-CEO of Creatively Classic Activities and Books LLC; and Dr. Jennifer Kahnweiler, author of “The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength.”

Posted on March 25, 2021