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Shirley Barfield

Distinguished Alumnus December 1996

1929283_1107439081064_679510_n[1]Shirley Rosalis Barfield graduated Salutatorian from Carrabelle High School in 1959. In 1981, she completed the Associate of Science degree at Polk State College in Banking and Finance, graduating with honors. In 1990, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University, also graduating with honors. She also received her Master’s in Business Administration with honors in 1998 from Nova Southeastern University.

Shirley began her banking career in 1970 at Barnett Banks of Florida. She worked for the bank for 27 years in the area of loan servicing, and ultimately rose to the position of Vice President, Credit Administration and Loan Closing Officer. She represented the Bank for all commercial, commercial real estate and construction loans, a total portfolio of $225,000,000.

For two years, Shirley held the position of Vice President and Loan Review Manager at SunTrust Bank, before joining Citrus and Chemical Bank in 2000. She held the position of First Vice President and Loan Administration Manager until 2007.

From 2008 to 2009, Shirley worked as a consultant for Citizens Bank and Trust. She retired from banking in 2009 and returned back to her childhood community.

Shirley obtained professional designations in the banking field, including Leadership Training Certified Trainer and Certified Corporate Trainer. She attended Compliance School and Graduate Compliance School at the University of Oklahoma.

She parlayed her broad knowledge of banking and accounting practices, along with her extensive experience in leadership and corporate training, to teach banking and finance courses at local colleges and universities for more than 30 years, including Polk State.

Barfield has had many accomplishments in her community, and in recognition of those many achievements, she received the Girls Inc. of Lakeland “She Knows Where She’s Going” award in 1993. This award recognizes business and professional accomplishments of women who serve as models and mentors to youth.

Other special recognitions include Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities (1982); Who’s Who in American Women (1988); American Institute of Banking Instructor of the Year (1996); National Association of Bank Women State Achievement Award (1988); and Who’s Who in Finance & Industry (1995).