Garretson joins JCJC Alumni and Foundation Office

Written By: Teresa McCreery
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Date Submitted: 2014-08-04 10:12:46

ELLISVILLE – After 25-years in the banking industry with Community Bank and Trustmark Bank, Charlie Garretson said, “I’m coming home.” With the recent approval of Jones County Junior College’s Board of Trustee’s, Garretson will be leaving Community Bank in Laurel to be the college’s new Vice President of Advancement and the Executive Director of the Foundation.
“I was a JCJC student in 1979-1981 and I have always had a special place in my heart for Jones,” said Garretson. “I enjoyed my time in college at Jones and I’m looking forward to being back on campus.”
The Greene County native has served 17-years total with Community Bank. For the last six years he has been the President of Community Bank, Jones County Division in Laurel. The current Ellisville resident said he’s looking forward to joining the JCJC Alumni and Foundation Office beginning September 1, 2014.   
“My daughter Katie is currently at Jones and my daughter Claire graduated a few years ago. Both of my younger brothers came to Jones. So I’ve spent a lot of time supporting family members’ at JCJC and the college. This campus feels like home to me,” said Garretson.
JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith said he is looking forward to having Garretson working in his new role at Jones.
“Charlie has been a strong supporter of our college, the alumni association and foundation both personally and professionally for a long time. He has been instrumental in building a solid partnership between Jones and Community Bank for years. He is responsible for the development of the Community Bank Baseball/Softball Park, along with several scholarships endowed through the Foundation, and he has devoted a lot of his personal time as an alumnus to help the college. Charlie was also responsible for helping the college develop our outreach centers.  I have tremendous confidence in Charlie's ability to make friends and inspire them as well.  He inspires me with his infectious enthusiasm.  I am very much looking forward to the years to come. I know he is going to take the JCJC Foundation and Alumni Office to even greater heights than we’ve enjoyed in the past,” said Dr. Smith.
Garretson and his wife, Melissa are JCJC Life Alumni Association members and Bobcat Club members. He has served as Vice President of the JCJC Alumni Association from 2009-2011 and President from 2011 to present.  As a JCJC Alumni Association officer, he has also served on the JCJC Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors since 2009, and the JCJC Foundation’s Finance & Investment Committee. Garretson is a graduate of Leakesville High School, JCJC, Mississippi State University and the Mississippi School of Banking.


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