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WCU Honors Jim Smith with Shoe Leather Award

Hattiesburg, Miss., April 29, 2013 - William Carey University held Honors Convocation 2013 on April 24 in Smith Auditorium. During convocation, Jim Smith, president of Grand Bank in Petal, was presented The Shoe Leather Award, which is given for extraordinary service to the university. 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 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 continues to support his alma mater, and recently served as guest speaker during a Carey Scholar Honors Colloquium.

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Pictured are (left to right) Dr. Tommy King, president of William Carey University, and Jim Smith, president of Grand Bank in Petal and a 1971 graduate of William Carey, who was recently presented The Shoe Leather Award at WCU’s 2013 Honors Convocation on April 24.