SECU Celebrates 85 Years

SECU has come a long way since 1937. As we’ve expanded over the years, one thing has never wavered: meeting our members where they are.

While 85 years is a big milestone, it’s only the beginning. We’re so excited to continue growing alongside our members.


June 4, 1937: State Employees’ Credit Union was chartered with 17 members and $437 in assets. It was operated on a part-time basis out of the basement of the Agriculture Building in Raleigh.

Employees working at first State Employees’ Credit Union


The State legislature authorized the Credit Union to offer checking accounts.


State Employees’ Credit Union began offering mortgage loans.


The first CashPoints® ATM became operational.

Employees standing in front of first CashPoints ATM


State Employees’ Credit Union obtained federal insurance protection through the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).


The Credit Union introduced ASK SECU Voice Response System for access to account information 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.


The Credit Union began the Call Center.

Employee using headset at SECU Call Center


The Credit Union website was introduced - SECU Online at


SECU launched the FAT CAT® youth account program.

SECU Employee dressed as FAT CAT mascot


The SECU Foundation was established, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization funded by the contributions of SECU members.

People in construction hats posing for Foundation photo


Introduced Investment Advisory Services and formed a new wholly-owned subsidiary, Credit Union Investment Services (CUIS).


Launched Mobile Access to allow members to connect to account information from web enabled cell phones and other mobile devices.


SECU Life Insurance Company was formed. SECU Life Insurance Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SECU and a North Carolina licensed service organization.

Announced the formation of SECU*Real Estate (SECU*RE), a wholly-owned property management subsidiary.


Launched Mobile Payments service with Apple PayTM, Samsung PayTM and Android PayTM options, as well as Visa® Checkout for SECU debit and credit cardholders.


Launched the SECU Mobile App, providing a secure, convenient method for members to view account information and conduct financial transactions using smartphones or mobile devices.

Mobile device displaying SECU mobile app screen


Launched the much-anticipated Mobile Check Deposit feature of the SECU Mobile App.


Celebrated the 85th Anniversary of SECU with $53 billion in assets and serving over 2.6 million members through 274 branch locations, more than 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Member Services via phone, an interactive website, and a Mobile App.

State Employees’ Credit Union building and 85th anniversary

Let’s Continue to Grow Together

At the core of what we do is one thing: you. For the last 85 years, through the next 85 and beyond, thank you for being a part of our story. SECU’s future is bright, and we can’t wait to see what it holds!

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