Letters to the Editor Spring 2013
April 5, 2013
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On a spring afternoon in 1997, my life changed forever. I was nearing the end of my freshman year, very pleased with my decision to attend Campbell University, yet a little unsettled about my field of study and anxious about a career path.
A good friend had recently switched his major to something they called “Trust Management” and encouraged me to set up a time to meet with Jimmy Witherspoon. As I sat in his Pearson Hall office for over an hour, Spoon explained several concepts that resonate with me to this day – putting others’ interests above our own, helping families accomplish their financial objectives and managing wealth for future generations.
While I was impressed with the recruiting pitch, the fact that he listened to me and put my interests first closed the deal. "Spoon" showed me what it meant to be a fiduciary that afternoon, and I changed my major immediately.
While I was excited about my decision, I never could have imagined how passionate I would become about this industry. In my 13-year career, I have learned firsthand how rewarding it is to always put others’ interests first, the meaning of true stewardship and the impact that our decisions have on the lives of others. These lessons have helped me immeasurably in my career when dealing with clients, beneficiaries and associates.
The Lord has used Campbell University, the Trust and Wealth Management Program and Jimmy Witherspoon to impact my family’s life in a powerful way. I am very grateful for Dr. Wiggins’ vision many years ago and Campbell’s ongoing commitment to this amazing program.
Thank you for highlighting it in your recent story (“The Trust Mafia,” Winter 2013). The trust program is the perfect fit for anyone who strives to make a difference in the lives of others.
Ryan A. Newkirk (’00 BBA, ’01 MBA)
Senior VP, U.S. Trust
Prior to the Fighting Camels’ men’s basketball team playing Gonzaga on Dec. 19, I was not familiar with Campbell University. We watch a lot of Gonzaga games as my wife is a graduate of the school.
While watching the game, my wife wanted to have more information about Campbell. So I went to your website.
I am a graduate of Colorado Law School (1964), so I was interested in the information about your law school. Your law students’ accomplishments on the North Carolina bar exam are very impressive.
My wife and I send your school, particularly the law school, congratulations from Fairbanks, Alaska.
It has been wonderful reading about your university.
The 125th anniversary book (Campbell University: Celebrating 125 Years of Faith, Learning and Service) is a wonderful book that captures the leadership and the growth of Campbell.
It is easy to read, because there are many photos that tell the story. I enjoyed the feature stories about each president and his wife.
This is a book that definitely illustrates why alumni, students, faculty and friends can say, “We are Campbell Proud!”
Kay Bissette (’79)