Sharon Curry Thompson, Central Atlanta President at United Community Bank, will give the commencement address at Judson College June 29. The commencement exercises will begin at 11:00 a.m. in historic Alumnae Auditorium on the Judson campus in Marion, Ala.
Thompson, a Griffin, Ga., native, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems from Judson College, teacher certification from Texas State University, and a Master of Business Administration from East Carolina University.
“I was elated when Mrs. Thompson accepted my invitation to address the Class of 2019,” says W. Mark Tew, Judson President. “Sharon has risen to the top of her chosen profession in record time, due in no small part to her intellect, tenacious work ethic, and exceptional undergraduate and graduate educational experiences. We are very proud to place Sharon Curry Thompson, Judson Class of 1991, before our graduating seniors as an example to follow.”
Thompson began her career in commercial banking and sales at BB&T in Atlanta in 2005. In 2011, she moved to Wells Fargo as Principal Relationship Manager and immediately earned Top Performer Awards for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). Over the next 8 years, Thompson accepted greater responsibilities at Wells Fargo, including hiring, developing, and managing the original Business Development team in Atlanta as Business Acquisition Manager and leading a team of bankers, credit analysts, and business development officers as Business Banking Manager at the Decatur, Ga., location. In May 2019 Thompson was named the Central Atlanta President of United Community Bank, one of the southeast region’s largest full-service financial institutions with 149 offices in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. In this role, Thompson is responsible for leading United’s commercial and retail operations in the Central Atlanta business district.
In addition to her many professional involvements, Thompson is heavily invested in her community, serving on the board for the Dekalb County Chamber of Commerce and serving with the Decatur Business Alliance. She and her husband Henry, a pilot with JetBlue and retired Lt. Col in the U.S. Air Force, have one daughter, who attends Georgia Southern University.
“I am so excited to be delivering the commencement address at my Alma Mater,” says Thompson. “It is an honor and a milestone in my life. My family and fellow Judson sisters will be in attendance to celebrate this event.”