July 18, 2013 9:54:43 AM
Jimmy Abraham joins Cadence Bank as vice chairman of client and business relations, a part-time position that allows him the freedom to spend time with his family while continuing to remain active in Starkville's business community.
Having recently retired from Mississippi State University, Abraham enjoyed a 38-year career at his alma mater. In 2005, he was named associate vice president for development and alumni and executive director of MSU's Alumni Association. Prior to that, Abraham served as associate vice president for student affairs.
At Cadence, Abraham will serve as an ambassador for furthering new and existing client relations in the Golden Triangle and across the State of Mississippi. In his role as MSU's Alumni Association executive director, he successfully helped develop and implement programs that built stronger relationships between the university and its more than 125,000 living alumni.
Abraham began his professional career at MSU in 1976 as the hall director for Evans Hall. He went on to hold positions of increasing responsibility as assistant director of college and school relations (1979-1984); assistant dean of student services and director of enrollment services (1985-2000); assistant vice president for student affairs (2000-02); interim vice president for student affairs (2002-04); and associate vice president for student affairs (2004-05). Abraham also served as interim vice president for development and alumni from January to April 2007. During his tenure at Mississippi State, he advised three outstanding student groups, the MSU Roadrunners, the MSU Orientation Leaders and the Alumni Delegates.
The Clarksdale native has received the MSU's Distinguished Staff Award, the Student Association Outstanding Faculty Award, the Lambda Sigma Outstanding Professor Award, the Outstanding Professional Award from the National Orientation Directors' Association, and numerous other honors.
Abraham received a bachelor's degree in marketing in 1975 and a master's degree in student personnel and counselor education in 1977, both from MSU. He earned a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Mississippi in 1985.
He and his wife, Patti, who retired as director of the research and curriculum unit at MSU in 2010, have three sons, Jim, Josh and Jase; and two grandchildren.