Is Belhaven worth it? You can BANK on it.

Recently, six alumni received promotions or awards within the banking industry, putting a new meaning to the “value” of a Belhaven education. This coincides with Belhaven’s 9th consecutive year as a “Best Buy” among colleges and universities. From the looks of it, these alumni received an education that is “worth its weight in gold.”
Thomas Pound (’89) was recently promoted to President of the Kosciusko branch of Merchants & Farmers Bank.  M&F Bank chairman and CEO, said this about their choice of president:  “Kosciusko is the flag ship of M&F and we are certain that Thomas Pound is well suited in leading M&F in our home base.”

Two Alumni within the banking industry were named among the “50 Leading Business Women of 2008,” by the Mississippi Business Journal: Sherribeth Farmer (’98) and Jessica Merrill (’07).  Farmer, a Vice President at BankPlus, gives credit to Belhaven for helping her dreams come alive. She states, “Belhaven…created their adult program, which gave me a vehicle to make my dream come true…I really appreciate Belhaven for being innovative and answering a need in the marketplace.”  Jessica Merrill is the Private Banking Relationship Manager for Regions Bank on the Gulf Coast. Merrill received her MBA from Belhaven and was awarded the LeTourneau award, which is given to the top MBA graduate.

Teresa Bowen (’02) has been promoted to Branch Manager of the Peoples Bank Main Office in Mendenhall, Mississippi.  Ms. Bowen has been with the Peoples Bank since 1977.  Belinda Arender (’97) is now Vice President of the Mortgage Division at F&M Bank. Wendy Warren (’98) and Misty Hamilton Patton (’06) have both been promoted to the position of Assistant Vice President at Trustmark National Bank in Jackson. MS. Warren is a Platform Sales Administrator for Fixed Annuity and Life Insurance, and Ms. Patton manages the Express ATM, Express Check Card customer services, and operations of Card Services.

Two alumni are getting their start in banking as management trainees. Gregory Pogue (’07) is a management trainee at Metropolitan Bank in Ridgeland, while Ian Pullen (’08) is a trainee at a bank in Maine. Both are excited about getting their “feet wet” in the banking industry.

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