Joel A. Smith III, C’67, retired as Dean Emeritus of the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. He was the first business man to lead that school. His career in banking began in 1971 and led to his appointment as President of Bank of America East with responsibilities for Commercial, Small Business, Premier and Consumer Banking divisions in seven states and the District of Columbia, representing over $90billion in assets under management. Smith credits is early experience as a United States Navy Officer with instilling in him his recognition that successful organizations depend on respect for both the consumer and the provider as well as loyalty to the goals of the enterprise. He served in the Unites States Navy actively for four years and retired from the United States Naval Reserve with the rank of Commander.
Smith’s civic responsibilities include leading the Spoleto Festival, USA, (Charleston, South Carolina) through management changes and financial crisis and chairing the Board of the Episcopal Church Home at Still Hopes, a residential retirement center with 185 independent living units and 133 licensed health care beds. He was elected to the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame and awarded the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian award, by the state’s Governor.
The Joel A. Smith Fund for Career Exploration makes possible two key events and a number of paid internships each year. In the fall, the Smith Career Panel offers students exposure to careers in banking, finance, consulting and marketing. Each spring the Smith Internship Panel offers information about internship opportunities in these fields as well as preparation to obtain them. Smith Internships in Banking and Finance proved several paid internships each year to students interested in boutique investment firms, branches of large corporations or government agencies.