BNA Bank Chairman of the Board, Vance Witt, was recently inducted into Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Alumni Hall of Fame.
Established in 2013, the Alumni Hall of Fame’s purpose is to recognize the achievement of an outstanding Northeast alumnus who has excelled personally and professionally, making a continued and significant difference in their community on a local, state, national, or international level.
To be considered for induction, a nominee must be an alumnus (any person that has a verifiable academic transcript with the college) of Northeast Mississippi Junior/Community College, distinguished in his or her profession and have demonstrated a high level of integrity in his/her personal life, as well as have gained the recognition of various other persons around. Accomplishments to be recognized may be achieved through the nominee's career, service, or volunteer efforts.
Preference is given to nominees who demonstrated continuing interest in and support of Northeast through contribution of time, talent, or recourses. The award is presented to the alumnus who has demonstrated outstanding traits of leadership and character to such an extent that it has brought great credit to the recipient and to the alma mater.
Vance Witt attended Northeast Mississippi Junior College during the 1958-59 academic year. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Mississippi in 1961.
Following a seven year career as a certified public accountant (CPA), Witt joined the staff at Bank of New Albany (BNA) in 1968. During his 47-year career with BNA he was promoted to president, CEO and currently serves as chairman of the Board. Witt has served as president of the Mississippi Bankers Association, as well as, on numerous other committees and boards in the banking industry. He is serving as president of the Union County Heritage Museum and also as a member of the Boy Scouts of America board.
Witt has served on the Northeast Mississippi Community College Board of Trustees since 2001 and became the vice-chairman and chairman of its Buildings and Grounds committee this year.
He has also served as a member of Northeast Development Foundation Board of Directors for 13 years and was elected its president in 2007-08.
Witt is a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church where he is chairman of the Administrative Board and a Sunday School teacher.
Vance is married to Martha “Tootsie” B. Witt. Together they have three daughters; Angela Spencer (David), Anita Alef (Mike), and Martha Rainey (David).
They are grandparents of eight grandchildren and have one great-granddaughter.