Kenneth E. Flynt, longtime banking executive and former governor’s economic adviser,
was recently appointed to the new position of associate dean of advancement in Western Carolina University’s College
Also a faculty member in the department of accounting, finance, information systems and economics, Flynt is an alumnus of Western, earning his bachelor’s degree in economics in 1971. He also earned a master’s degree in economics from North Carolina State University in 1972.
During his 36-year career, Flynt has been a leading bank entrepreneur and executive. In addition to serving as chief executive officer of Workmen’s Savings Bank in Mount Airy, he was founding CEO of Enterprise Bank in Raleigh and Independence Bank in Kernersville. He also was CEO and a co-founder of Equity Services Inc., a major mortgage bank headquartered in Raleigh, and of 1st Medallion Mortgage Corp, a subsidiary of River Bancorp Inc. in Greensboro.
Flynt served a four-year term as chief economic adviser to Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. In that position, he worked closely with state government agencies, local governments and leading businesses in North Carolina. He represented the governor in the state’s General Assembly and in various national forums.
“Ken is an exceptional talent,” said Ronald A. Johnson, dean of the College of Business. “He is a wonderful example for our students of how they can make a difference in their world. He is a well-rounded, successful leader and we are proud that he has joined our team.”
In addition to his endeavors in the banking field, Flynt started or managed other businesses, including retail and software companies. He has performed in an advisory or board capacity with more than a dozen firms, and sits on six nonprofit boards or committees, where he is engaged as a counselor and fundraiser.
“I am glad to be back at Western Carolina to assist the College of Business as an engine of economic and entrepreneurial activity for Western North Carolina,” Flynt said. “I look forward to working with our business and industry partners to meet the needs of the community and to ensure that the graduates we send out into the work force are ‘business ready.’”
For more information about WCU’s College of Business, recently named by the Princeton Review one of the nation’s best schools at which to earn a master’s degree in business administration, contact (828) 227-7401.
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