Sunday, February 15, 2009

Citizens Trust Bank President to Speak at Clayton State

The next installment in the James Wood Speaker Series at Clayton State University will feature Citizens Trust Bank President & CEO James E. Young.

Young will be speaking on Wednesday, Feb. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. in room UC 272 of the James M. Baker University Center.

Young joined Citizens Trust Bank of Atlanta on Feb. 2, 1998 as president & chief executive officer after a merger with DeKalb County’s First Southern Bank, where he was president and CEO. Under his leadership, First Southern bank grew from $22 million in assets to $58 million at the time of the merger.

As of Dec. 31, 2006, Citizens Trust Bank was one of the top five African-American owned commercial banks in the country and its assets stood at $335 million. The company was also cited by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of Georgia’s Top 100 publicly traded companies.

A native of Cleveland, Tenn., Young received his B.S. in Business from Tennessee State University in 1971. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The National Bankers Association, The Georgia Chamber of Commerce, The Commerce Club, Rock-Tenn Company, and Antioch AME Church in Stone Mountain.

James “Jim” Wood is president of Jim Wood Associates, a former owner/publisher of the Clayton News Daily, and the only original member still serving on the Board of Trustees of Clayton State University Foundation. Dr. Martha Wood, is a professor emerita of Mathematics at Clayton State and founder of the Southeastern Center for the Enhancement of Learning. Together, they have spearheaded an effort that expands the University’s speaker’s series.

The Woods, as well as their family, friends, and business associates, have donated to the School of Business to create an endowed fund for the James Wood Lecture Series, which will financially support the efforts of the School of Business to seek and obtain guest lecturers who are some of Georgia’s most celebrated business personalities. According to Dean Dr. Jacob Chacko, the School of Business sees the series as a means to forge bonds between Georgia’s business leaders and Clayton State students, while ensuring students gain insights into current business trends and corporate strategies. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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