The Benefactor: Charles M. Reeves, Jr. (1919-1995)
Charles M. Reeves, Jr. was born November 15, 1919 in Sanford, North Carolina. He was graduated from Sanford High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1940; B.S. in Business Administration). Following WW II service in the United States Navy, he founded a bus company in Sanford. In 1949, he established Motor Credit Corporation, forerunner of Provident Finance Company, which was acquired by South Carolina National Bank in 1973. In addition to his dedication to the world of banking, Mr. Reeves was very active in community service organizations. He was also a former member of the Methodist University Board of Trustees. Mr. Reeves is described by his son as a classic “entrepreneur who sees opportunities and then works hard to translate visions into realities.” Charles Reeves viewed himself as an optimist and a true believer in the American free enterprise system. In an effort to ensure that the next generation understands this system. Mr. Reeves offered a generous endowment to Methodist University [then Methodist College] in 1986 for its fledgling business program. The University then established the Charles M. Reeves, Jr. School of Business and Economics.
The Reeves School of Business strives to develop students to meet the demands of business and to cultivate ethical leaders who will create economic and social value for a global society.
The Reeves School of Business aspires to be a recognized leader among business schools, inspiring excellence, innovation and entrepreneurship.
- Ethics: Encourage students to develop a personal code of values and ethics and adhere to moral and ethical principles, including those based on codes of professional ethics
- Professionalism: Provide students with an opportunity to enroll in professional concentrations
- Engagement: Promote experiential and applied learning opportunities, including internships, co-operative work experiences, projects, practical experiences and service learning.
- Leadership: Prepare students to be successful in their subsequent professional and/or academic careers
- Global: Provide student opportunities and experiences that will encourage their participation in our global society.