Steven Long

Tax and Employee Benefits Lead, Ward & Smith; UNC System Board of Governors

Steven B. Long has served on the UNC System Board of Governors since 2013. He chairs the Committee on University Governance and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee. Long leads the Tax and Employee Benefits practice at Ward and Smith in Raleigh. 

He has extensive experience working with employers in banking, retail, and technology to establish and maintain retirement plans, executive compensation agreements, stock incentive plans and other employee benefits. Steve also advises charities and other tax-exempt organizations regarding their IRC 403(b) and IRC 457 retirement plans, as well as issues related to compliance with Internal Revenue Service and state regulations concerning executive compensation, fundraising and lobbying activities. Additionally, he counsels business owners and individuals in retirement and estate planning.