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Two new members join Board of Trustees

Brad Briner of Chapel Hill and Vimal Kolappa of Chocowinity will serve four-year terms.

Two-photo collage with portraits of two new members of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees: Vimal Kolappa and Brad Briner.
Vimal Kolappa (left) and Brad Briner (right) were sworn in as members of the University's Board of Trustees on Nov. 9. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees welcomed two new members at their Nov. 9 meeting. Trustees Brad Briner and Vimal Kolappa were sworn in to begin four-year terms.

Briner is the co-chief investment officer at Willett Advisors, which he joined in 2012. He is responsible for real assets and public markets investments, as well as the operations of the business. Willett manages the philanthropic and personal investment assets of former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Briner previously held positions at Morgan Creek Capital, the UNC Management Company, ArcLight Capital and Goldman Sachs.

Briner graduated from Carolina as a Morehead-Cain Scholar with a bachelor’s degree in economics with distinction. He received a Master of Business Administration with distinction from Harvard Business School.

Briner currently serves on the board of trustees for Phillips Exeter Academy, the board of directors of the Boston Omaha Corporation and the state of North Carolina’s debt affordability advisory committee.

Briner and his wife live in Chapel Hill with their four children.

Kolappa is the founder and CEO of East Coast Hospitality, a hotel group with over 25 properties throughout North Carolina and Virginia. He serves on the board for the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and previously served on the board of trustees for the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.

He is the founder of the North Carolina Association of Indian Americans, an organization that addresses community issues meaningful to Indian Americans as well as the Triangle at large.

Kolappa received an MBA from the University of Chicago. He has two children who are Carolina graduates. He lives in Chocowinity, North Carolina.