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Alumnus creates scholarship for Cleburne graduates enrolling in UTA College of Business

Friday, October 23, 2015

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Jimmy Campbell values the education he received at The University of Texas at Arlington College of Business, as well as the education he received at Cleburne High School in Cleburne, Texas. Because both institutions, as well as the Cleburne and Arlington communities, were so instrumental in his career success, he and his wife, Cathy, have established a scholarship in the UTA College of Business.

Courtesy Lisa Majers, Cleburne ISD

Jimmy and Cathy Campbell established an endowed scholarship fund with their donation. Pictured from left are: Rachel Croson, UTA College of Business dean; Cathy Campbell, Jimmy Campbell, Cleburne ISD Superintendent Kyle Heath and Cleburne High School Principal Chris Jackson.

The College of Business alumnus has committed $250,000 that, with additional support from the college, will establish the $500,000 Jimmy and Cathy Campbell Endowed Scholarship fund. The gift will provide a four-year, half-tuition scholarship to students who are in the top 10 percent of graduates of Cleburne High School and are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in any business major at the UTA College of Business.

“Cleburne High School and UT Arlington have both been a huge part of our lives, and prepared us for the future we enjoy now,” Campbell said. “It’s something Cathy and I have talked about for a long time, and is a great opportunity to give something back to the communities that gave us so much. We want to make a UT Arlington education available to outstanding Cleburne students.”

Campbell, who began his career in banking as a part-time teller in 1970 while a UTA undergraduate student, is regional president of Fort Worth-based Northstar Bank. He became president of First State Bank Cleburne in 1980 after receiving his Master of Business Administration degree from UTA’s College of Business. He also received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UTA in 1971.

Prior to joining Northstar Bank, Campbell was president and CEO of Community Bank, an independently owned bank with assets of $565 million, capital in excess of $59 million and 155 employees. Before joining Community Bank in 1996, he was senior vice president of Bank of North Texas/First Interstate/Wells Fargo Bank where he established the Small Business Administration lending department, the fifth largest in the United States in 1994 and 1995.

Cleburne ISD Superintendent Kyle Heath expressed deep appreciation for the Campbells’ commitment to Cleburne High School and UTA.

“We are so thrilled to have alumni and community leaders willing to support Cleburne High School graduates, in the future and for many years to come, with their philanthropic gifts,” Heath said. “Jimmy and Cathy Campbell are very proud graduates of Cleburne High School and have continued to be supportive of our schools and district in so many ways. They were involved with the reading and math programs at Irving Elementary School for a number of years. It’s quite possible that one or more of those students who benefited from the difference the Campbells made at Irving Elementary will be studying business at the University of Texas at Arlington as recipients of this scholarship.”

Rachel Croson, dean of the UTA College of Business, said the scholarship enables qualified students who may otherwise not be able to attend college to advance their education and increase the economic positions of them and their families.

“We are truly grateful for this gift from our alumnus Jimmy Campbell and his wife, Cathy,” Croson said. “The scholarship will create significant value for Cleburne High School, for UT Arlington, and most importantly, for the students whose hard work will earn this honor. This scholarship demonstrates Jimmy and Cathy’s vision for their community and for advancing the educational mission of both institutions.”

Campbell often lends his career experience and expertise to UTA students as a frequent guest speaker in classes and during Business Week. His son, Brett, is a 1997 UTA College of Business graduate.

About the UTA College of Business

Recognized as one of the Princeton Review’s best business schools, the UTA College of Business is among the largest business schools in the region, enrolling more than 5,800 students and offering one of the widest selections of undergraduate and graduate degree programs at an exceptional value. Military Times magazine ranked the College No. 33 on the 2015 “Best for Vets: Business Schools” list. Accounting Degree Review ranked UTA’s residential bachelor’s degree in accounting as the nation’s 25th most affordable in 2014. TaxTalent.com ranked the Master of Science in Taxation program No. 8 in the nation in 2014.

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 51,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UTA as one of the 20 fastest-growing public research universities in the nation in 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as a “Best for Vets” college by Military Times magazine. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more, and find UTA rankings and recognition at www.uta.edu/uta/about/rankings.php.

-- Written by Amanda Tower

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