Spartanburg Community College launches new speaker series with First Citizens Bank


Spartanburg Community College has partnered with First Citizens Bank to host a Professional Speaker Series at the college’s downtown campus.

Designed to introduce students and community residents to local business professionals active in the Spartanburg community, the first event will be from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Evans Academic Center auditorium. It will feature local entrepreneur John Bauknight, according to a news release.

Bauknight, a graduate of Wofford College, is the president and co-founder of Longleaf Holdings USA, a Spartanburg-based investment firm that oversees several business ventures including the 2007 acquisition of RJ Rockers Brewing Co., the release said. 

Bauknight is also an active community member, serving as a trustee to the Spartanburg County Foundation, a founding member of the Spartanburg Angel Network, a member of the Spartanburg Community College Incubator Advisory Board, and a graduate of the Liberty Fellow Class 2010, among many other professional associations and designations.

“Since the college’s School of Business relocated to the SCC downtown campus in January 2017, we are continuously searching for opportunities to strengthen business relationships and broaden professional experiences for our students,” said Witney Fisher, executive director of the Spartanburg Community College downtown campus, in the release. “The First Citizens Speaker Series provides our students and community residents who attend a first-hand opportunity to learn more about careers, professional pathways and an opportunity to meet ‘movers and shakers’ in our community.”

Community members who would like to attend the first session of the First Citizens Bank Professional Speakers Series can purchase a $10 ticket at A boxed lunch is included in the ticket price.

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