Kenneth Copeland earned an associate degree in business administration from PHCC in 1987. He continued his education at Averett College, earning a bachelor of science in accounting, and at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), receiving a master in business administration. Copeland currently serves as the vice president of administration and finance at Longwood University in Farmville.
Copeland got his start in 1989 as an accountant for Michael O. Meeks & Associates in Rocky Mount. In 1997, he made the transition to economic development as the first branch manager and business analyst of the Longwood Small Business Development Center in Martinsville. Because of his success in this position, he was hired as director of economic development at Longwood in 1999. Recognizing his potential to benefit the university, they paid for his continued education at VCU. In 2004, Copeland was named as director of economic development and executive director of the Longwood Real Estate Foundation.
He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Virginia Society of CPAs and the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Collegiate Schools of Business.