Leonard C. “Len” Elder has been named Director of Education and Licensing for the Commission, effective June 29, 2022. Elder joined the Commission as Education and Development Officer in 2019.
Elder has a B.A. in both Speech Communication and Political Science & Economics, and a law degree from Capital University Law School. Len is a resident of Cary, North Carolina with his wife, Alexandra.
After several years in the private practice of law and then serving as Vice President of a mortgage company, Elder embarked on a career in adult education, specializing in real estate education. During his career, he has served as the Lead Instructor and Curriculum Developer for schools of real estate, and for several years, had his own course creation company.
Elder brings to the position 25 years of experience directing, planning, implementing and evaluating real estate education. He has developed standards and training for the delivery of real estate educational courses approved by the Commission. He has countless hours of live classroom experience in Prelicensing, Postlicening and Continuing Education. He has also written and taught multiple courses involving real estate and related legal issues.
He holds both the Gold Standard Instructor (GSI) and the Distinguished Real Estate Instructor (DREI) designations from the Real Estate Educators Association. He is also the recipient of the National Real Estate Instructor of the Year from the national Real Estate Educators Association (REEA), the North Carolina Real Estate Instructor of the Year from the North Carolina Real Estate Educators Association, and was recognized as the national course author of the year by REEA.
Elder has served as Past President of the North Carolina Real Estate Educators Association (NCREEA) and is the recipient of the Larry A. Outlaw Excellence in Education Award from the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. Earlier this year, REEA honored Elder with the first ever Dedication to Excellence Award recognizing over a decade of dedication and service to real estate education.
The primary responsibility of the Director of Education and Licensing is to plan and direct the Commission’s education, examination, and licensing programs and operations statewide.