Business School celebrates dedication of BB&T Fellows program

Leadership officials from Campbell University, the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business and BB&T convened recently to celebrate the dedication of the BB&T Business Fellows Program with its two inaugural cohorts of students.

The group gathered for lunch and a time of meaningful reflection to highlight the impact of BB&T’s $1 million commitment to endow the transformational initiative.

“The combined belief in intellectual curiosity and community service makes BB&T the perfect partner for the Business Fellows Program,” said Dean Kevin O’Mara. “BB&T’s commitment to its communities is real, tangible, and is part of their DNA.  It is hard to imagine a more fitting organization to serve as our leading benefactor.”

During the time of reflection, students had the opportunity to share the role of the BB&T Business Fellows Program in their experience thus far.

“The BB&T Business Fellows Program has created a new family for me at Campbell University. We challenge one another to be leaders and innovators, both in the business school and around campus,” said Aaron Schnoor, a sophomore Trust and Wealth Management major from Apex. 

First-year student Chris Matthews added, “Being a BB&T Fellow provides much more than the numerous opportunities that are offered; I am part of a prestigious group of individuals working diligently to obtain our individual goals with the potential to positively impact the world around us.”

Matthews joins the program from nearby Godwin and expressed that he has found comfort from his community of peers in the midst of a recent family tragedy.

Several members of BB&T’s executive leadership were present from across the state. Following the student testimonials, Gray Reed, Triangle Regional President for BB&T offered remarks to the room. “I am struck by the similarities between BB&T and Campbell. While we serve different purposes, our missions and values are well-aligned.”

Reed announced that the BB&T Business Fellows would have the opportunity to experience BB&T’s Leadership Institute in Greensboro beginning this Spring. The Leadership Institute provides training for numerous Fortune 500 companies and will be offered to the Fellows free of charge through an in-kind contribution to Campbell University.

Reed concluded, “I will leave you with one of my favorite Bible verses: Luke 12:48: ‘For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required,’ and that is your challenge! Thank you and best wishes on your success!”

For more information on the BB&T Business Fellows Program, please contact Dr. Mark Steckbeck, Program Director.