University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations


May 26 , 2004
Contact: Jennifer Ekman at (251) 460-6360 or

USA Alumus Honored as Outstanding Young Banker

James M. Alexander III, a 1993 political science and history graduate of USA, has been selected as the recipient of the Alabama Bankers Association Outstanding Young Banker Award for 2004.

The announcement was made at the annual Alabama Young Banker’s convention this month in San Destin. The award is one of the most prestigious recognitions bestowed upon a young banker in Alabama. Each year chief executives and upper-level managers submit the names of deserving individuals to receive this coveted honor.

“To be honored like this is really very humbling,” Alexander said. “I was shocked.”

James M. Alexander III
James M. Alexander III

Alexander is Vice President and Branch Manager of the Dauphin Street branch of BankTrust. He currently attends the Alabama Banking School, where he is serving as president of the Class of 2005.

The Pi Kappa Phi college fraternity alumnus is a former member of the USA National Alumni Association board of directors.

Alexander is chairman of the USA Alumni Association’s Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament, which will be played October 30 at Timber Creek Golf Course. For the past two years, his leadership has helped the tournament raise substantial funds for student scholarships.

Alumni Relations Director Carol Kittrell said she remembered Alexander from his undergraduate days as a Southerner, USA’s student ambassador group.

“He was an extremely mature and very conscientious student,” she said. “I felt back then that he would be successful.”

Alabama’s newest Outstanding Young Banker Award recipient is also involved in numerous community activities. An Eagle Scout and an active member of the Mobile Area Council Boy Scouts of America, he is currently serving as a member of the Council Camping Committee and Cubmaster of Pack 3.

Alexander and his wife, Sabrina, have two children, Sudduth 7, and Ethan 4.

About the University of South Alabama:
The University of South Alabama is a major center of high quality and accessible undergraduate, graduate and professional education for metropolitan Mobile, the state of Alabama, the Gulf Coast region and the southeastern United States. Founded in 1963, USA is one of the state’s fastest growing universities, currently enrolling more than 13,300 students in its 10 schools and colleges. USA employs 5,800 people, giving it the largest dollar-value payroll in Mobile County. The USA Health System annually serves 250,000 people in its hospitals and clinics. USA’s many research, teaching and service activities provide a $1 billion annual economic impact on the region and state as it pursues its academic mission.

About The Alabama Bankers Association:
The Alabama Bankers Association is the largest banking industry trade organization in the state. Founded in 1890, the Association has over 140 members representing more than $200 billion dollars in assets.

About BankTrust:
BankTrust (formerly The Bank of Mobile) was founded in 1986. It is the only locally owned, publicly traded financial institution headquartered in Mobile, Alabama.

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