Regions Bank has named Walt Stephens city president for Greenville. He will take over for Bobby Barr, who served in the position for seven years and will retire at the end of this year. A native of Benoit, Stephens joined Regions in early 2010 and most recently served as a vice president, community banking agricultural relationship manager. Prior to joining Regions he served in a number of capacities within Mississippi State University’s Agricultural Economics Department.
Stephens earned his associate arts degree in business administration from Mississippi Delta Community College and his bachelor of science degree in agribusiness from Mississippi State University. He is active with a number of organizations, including: the United Way of Washington County, the Greenville Rotary Club, the National Agri-Marketing Association (Mid-South Chapter), the American Soybean Association and the Mississippi Agricultural Economics Association. He also served a three-year term on the Board for the Greater Greenville Habitat for Humanity.
A native of Cleveland, Barr is a banking industry veteran with more than 42 years of experience. He began his career with Peoples Bank of the Delta in Indianola where he served as a senior vice president from 1971 to 1987. Additionally, he worked for Meridian-based Eastover Bank for Savings, IDS Financial Services and Citizens National Bank before joining Regions in March 1999 as a small business relationship manager in Meridian. In 2000 he was named city president for Clarksdale where he served until February 2007 when he became Greenville city president.
Barr is a graduate of Delta State University and the Louisiana State University, School of Banking of the South. He is a U.S. Army veteran and served at Joint Security Area, Panmunjom, Korea. For his service, he was awarded the Purple Heart. His civic and community activities include member of the Greenville Rotary Club, board member and past president of the Boys and Girls Club of Washington and past president of the United Way of Washington County. He is also a board member of the Washington County Economic Development Center, past president of the Clarksdale Area Habitat for Humanity, board member of the Greenville Habitat for Humanity, executive board member of the Chickasaw Area Council (Boy Scouts of America), past president of the Indianola Lions Club, past president of the Mississippi Bowhunters Association, life member of the Mississippi Wildlife Federation and Veterans of Foreign Wars and member of the American Legion.