James A. Bennett has been South Carolina Mid-South Area executive for First-Citizens Bank & Trust in Columbia, S.C., since January 2015. He joined the bank in 1994 and, prior to his most recent promotion, was Executive Vice President, Director of Public Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer for 12 years.
Bennett has been actively involved with the Columbia Urban League for more than 25 years, having previously served as League Chairman, and is the former chairman of the board of Claflin University. Bennett currently serves as the vice chair of the South Carolina Bankers Association and is a member of the board of directors of Prisma Health.
Bennett earned a Bachelor degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of the South Carolina Bankers School.