2007 Business Alumnus of the Year named
O. Perry Earle III of Fountain Inn, S.C., today was named The Citadel School of Business Administration’s Alumnus of the Year.
The award is given annually to honor a graduate who has enjoyed success and made significant contributions to the community through the principles of integrity, fairness and concern for others, as well as the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge to promote enlightened changes in society.
“Mr. Earle has long been an outstanding representative of the type of business student produced by The Citadel,” said Ron Green, dean of School of Business Administration. “We in the School of Business feel privileged to be able to honor him with our outstanding alumnus award.”
Earle graduated from The Citadel in 1965. As a cadet he was on the Dean’s List for four years and the senior class board of directors. He was tennis team captain, junior and senior class treasurer, president of The Citadel Round Table, regimental commander, and recipient of the John O. Wilson Ring, presented to the senior voted by classmates as the most courteous member of the class.
Earle received his MBA in 1967 from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and after serving two years on active duty in the U.S. Army he returned to Greenville in 1969 and began a dual career as a banker and a rancher. His 30-year banking career culminated in his becoming the founder, CEO, and board chairman of Greenville National Bank which, in 1998, was sold to Regions Bank.
Earle served as chairman of the United Way of Greenville County, the Greenville Kiwanis Club, the Cleveland Street YMCA Board, the YMCA Endowment Corporation, Meals on Wheels, the Greenville Hospital Foundation, and the Association of Independent Banks of South Carolina. In addition, he served as a director and in various other capacities in other organizations including The Citadel Foundation.
Earle and his wife, Rebecca, have three daughters, Gwinn, Rebecca, and Marie; one son, O. Perry Earle, IV (Citadel Class of 1992); and 15 grandchildren. He and his wife continue to work and enjoy life on their ranch near Fountain Inn, S.C.