Bank President Speaks to Carey Scholars

Jim Smith, president of Grand Bank in Petal and an alumnus of William Carey University, spoke to Carey Scholars during their monthly Honors Colloquium at William Carey University on February 8.

Smith, who played baseball and basketball at WCU, graduated with a degree in physical education in 1971. After playing semi professional baseball and minor league football, he was drafted into the military. Years, later, he went back to school and took banking and finance classes at both The University of Mississippi and Vanderbilt, which led him to his current position as president of Grand Bank in Petal, his hometown. He was recently nominated for the Mississippi Athletic Hall of Fame.

 Smith talked to the students about how obtaining a degree or degrees is important to become successful, but not nearly as important as having high self-esteem and a strong work ethic. He encouraged them to figure out what they want in life, believe they can achieve it, and work hard to reach their goals.
Carey Scholars are select students chosen to be part of the Presidential Honors Program based on academic excellence. The 2012 – 2013 Carey Scholars number 77, which includes 22 freshmen.