Elon Trustee Louis DeJoy named U.S. postmaster general

DeJoy, who has been a longtime supporter of the university, will take the top post at the U.S. Postal Service in mid-June.

Elon Trustee Louis DeJoy, a Greensboro businessman and longtime supporter of the university, has been named U.S. postmaster general and will begin the new role on June 15.

The Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service announced DeJoy’s selection as the 75th postmaster general on Wednesday, noting the decades of work by DeJoy as chairman and CEO of New Breed Logistics to provide supply chain logistics in collaboration with the U.S. Postal Service and major international corporations.

“Louis DeJoy understands the critical public service role of the United States Postal Service, and the urgent need to strengthen it for future generations,” said Mike Duncan, chair of the postal service’s Board of Governors, in a statement.

DeJoy said he has a great appreciation for the U.S. Postal Service and its dedicated workers. “I look forward to working with the supporters of the Postal Service in Congress and the Administration to ensure the Postal Service remains an integral part of the United States government,” DeJoy said in a statement.

DeJoy is president and founder of LDJ Global Strategies, a real estate and private equity firm in Greensboro. He started the company in 2016 following his retirement as chief executive of the North American supply chain division of XPO Logistics, a global firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut. DeJoy joined XPO Logistics after the company acquired New Breed Logistics, where he served as chairman and CEO since 1983, and became one of the top-10 largest logistics and transportation providers in the world.

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DeJoy has served on Elon’s Board of Trustees since 2007 and was recognized with Elon’s Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership in 2017. He is a current trustee of The Fund for American Studies and a former board member of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Greensboro College, and Moses Cone Health Systems.

DeJoy and his wife, Dr. Aldona Wos, live in Greensboro, N.C. Wos, a retired physician, served as U.S. ambassador to Estonia and as secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. In February, she was nominated to serve as U.S. ambassador to Canada.