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Burns Named to NC Supplemental Retirement Plans Board of Trustees

Attorney will help direct policies and procedures for NC 401(k), 457, and 403(b)

RALEIGH, NC – State Treasurer Janet Cowell announced today the appointment of Durham attorney Keith Burns to the Supplemental Retirement Board of Trustees. Appointed by Governor Pat McCrory, Burns’s term will last through June of 2016.

“Your service will make an immediate and positive impact upon the changes we are making in this state,” Governor McCrory wrote in a letter to Burns. “We need leaders, such as you, in public service to help promote our vision and realization of a better North Carolina.”

Since 2004, Burns has been Managing Counsel for the Durham office of Morris, Manning and Martin, LLP, where he practices in the firm’s Real Estate Development and Finance, Corporate, Commercial Finance, and Mergers & Acquisitions Practices.

Burns is also an active community leader, having chaired the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, the Duke-Durham Campaign, the Durham District of the Boy Scouts of America, Durham County Habitat for Humanity, and Durham County Meals on Wheels. He currently serves on the Durham Chamber’s Executive Committee, the Board of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, and is active with the Urban Land Institute. His work with the community resulted in Burns receiving the North Carolina Bar Association’s 2012 Citizen Lawyers Award. He was also included in the Triangle Business Journal’s 2004 “Top 40 Under 40” and the 1997 class of Leadership North Carolina.

He is a graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law, and possesses a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In his role as member of the Supplemental Retirement Plans Board of Trustees, Burns is part of a nine-person board, with Treasurer Cowell serving as Chair, tasked with directing policies and procedures for the NC Total Retirement Plans: the NC 401(k), 457 and newly-adopted 403(b). The NC 401(k) and 457 combined have more than 294,000 active participants with more than $8.7 billion in assets. The NC 403(b) launched statewide in March.

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The NC Total Retirement Plans offer state and local employees access to the NC 401(k), 457 and 403(b) Plans as a means to save for retirement. The plans contain combined assets of more than $8.7 billion for more than 294,000 participants. For more information, visit