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Portsmouth native Elizabeth A. "Betsy" Duke, executive vice president, merger project team, for SouthTrust Bank/Wachovia Bank and chairman of the American Bankers Association, will address students and faculty at the next Landmark Executive-in-Residence program at Old Dominion University.

Duke will speak at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in Constant Hall Room 1005 on the Norfolk campus.

Duke began her banking career as a part-time drive-up teller after graduating from the University of North Carolina with a fine arts degree in 1974. In the 1980s, she helped launch a new community bank, Bank of Tidewater, and was president and chief executive officer when the bank was purchased by Alabama-based SouthTrust Corp. in 2001. Duke remained as executive vice president of community bank development.

Meanwhile, Duke was elected 2004-05 chairman of the American Bankers Association, serving as the first woman leader, and the first Virginia banker since 1951, to hold ABA's top elected position. She is a former president of the Virginia Bankers Association and a former director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

In addition to a bachelor's degree, Duke earned a master's degree in business administration at Old Dominion University, and additional professional training from the American Institute of Banking, the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and the Virginia School of Bank Management.

This article was posted on: February 16, 2005

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