Presbyterian College Welcomes Bank of America Executive Wendy Stewart ’93 for 2024 Vance Lecture on Business Ethics

April 7, 2024
Presbyterian College alumna Wendy Stewart ’93 will return to her alma mater this month as the guest speaker for the annual Robert M. Vance Lecture Series on Business Ethics.

Stewart, the president of global commercial banking for Bank of America, will give her address at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in Edmunds Hall, where she will discuss the role ethics plays in her job as a member of the company’s executive management team.

Stewart joined Bank of America’s predecessor, NationsBank in 1996, serving in both its national consumer and commercial organizations. After time away starting in 2000 for family and other opportunities, she rejoined Bank of America in 2007.

In her current role in the company, she oversees one of the firm’s eight lines of business, which delivers integrated financial solutions to public and private companies with annual revenues of $50 million to over $2 billion across middle market banking; real estate; healthcare, education and not for profit; and dealer financial services.

Previously, Stewart was co-head of Global Commercial Banking for the Southeast region. She also served as chief of wholesale credit strategy for the company, responsible for strategy, data and analytics, business controls and quality assurance across the wholesale credit organization, which delivers end-to-end credit solutions for the bank’s wholesale clients globally.

Stewart is vice chair of Bank of America’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council and leads women’s initiatives for the company, which focuses on key constituencies, including female employees, clients and communities.

Stewart serves in a variety of leadership roles in the Atlanta and wider community, as well. She is on the board of directors and executive committee for the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the board of directors for Paradigm for Parity. Stewart is a director of the Buckhead Coalition and is leading the workforce development efforts for the Atlanta Committee for Progress. She is chairing the Grove Park Foundation capital campaign, tasked with raising $20 million for Atlanta’s Grove Park neighborhood.

The Robert M. Vance Lecture Series on Business Ethics is funded by a generous gift from the Bailey Foundation and named after the late Robert M. Vance, a Clinton businessman and former PC trustee.

Vance considered ethics, honesty, and integrity paramount and lived these qualities as a business leader. The lecture series is a tribute to the late businessman’s legacy and numerous contributions to the Clinton community. The series serves as an opportunity for high-profile leaders in the business world to speak with PC students on how to run a successful business that maintains a moral code that employees can take pride in and use as a guide for day-to-day activities.

Past speakers include:

  • Minor Shaw, Chair of The Daniel-Mickel Foundation
  • Mike Baur, CEO, ScanSource
  • Jim Samples ‘85, President, HGTV
  • Danny Morrison, President, Carolina Panthers
  • Bob McCoy, former Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Wachovia
  • John Allison, Chairman and CEO, BB&T
  • Walter Alessandrini, Former South Carolina Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Jim Micali, Chairman and CEO, Michelin NA
  • Bert Gall, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice
  • Jim Rosenberg ‘75, President and CEO, Burroughs and Chapin
  • Robin Boren ‘97, Senior Vice President, Southern Company
  • Charles Brewer, founder of MindSpring Enterprises