A SHINING EXAMPLE OF WILL, HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION
“I am a man of faith. Everything I have done has been guided by my faith,” were the first words that Archie Bouie II spoke when asked the question, “Who are you?”
Bouie owes his successes to a few key principles, and faith is one that stands strong at the forefront of his daily journey. It’s not often that a man so accomplished would be quick to speak of his faith or admit to mistakes made along that journey, but it was no problem for him.
Bouie told South Fulton Lifestyle, “Every mistake I have made in life and in business has set me up for the successes I have had.” He explained the key is to learn from those mistakes and to use those lessons learned to guide you along your way.
Bouie’s journey has led him to serve as the Campus Executive at Georgia Military College in Fairburn and Stone Mountain, Georgia. He made history as the first African-American to serve in this position after being hired in 2014. In this position, he is responsible for all campus operations.
“I was extremely happy to come to Georgia Military College in 2014, because I am a firm believer in the community college movement. It serves all people and benefits everybody.”
Bouie says regardless of whether you go to Harvard or community college, the key is to get an education in the field in which you are most interested. He encourages everyone to follow their passion when choosing a career.
As Bouie points out, the workforce needs all people. It needs qualified plumbers, electricians, doctors, lawyers and educators. It needs and it takes all people to make the world go ‘round.
Bouie encourages his students to identify their passion and follow their dreams. This is one of the lessons Bouie learned early on in college. He was a stand-out athlete in college, playing both football and baseball. He said while in school he changed his major three times, from Communications to Management to Finance.
“I had a lot of help from my professors and coaches helping to steer me in the right direction,” he laughs. “I am not only thankful—it worked! I was a pretty smart young man and all three of these fields of studies helped me in my professional career.”
Bouie’s first job after graduating from college was with Sprint as a Regional Sales Marketing Manager. He worked there for nine years after which he transitioned into the world of banking and landed a job with Hancock and SunTrust Banks. He was the first African-American to serve as an executive at Hancock Bank, headquartered in Gulf-Port Mississippi, holding the title of Vice President of Commercial and Institutional Banking.
“I was responsible for lending to municipalities, governments, school boards, corporate and small business owners,” says Bouie. After Hancock Bank, Bouie worked as the Vice President of Small Business Banking with Suntrust Bank, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. He received five promotions in eight years during his career, whereas some employees don’t receive a promotion after 10 years, or at all, for that matter.
Bouie attributes his strong will and dedicated spirit for enabling him to put in the work necessary to excel, as well as his loving grandmother and hardworking mother.
“I can’t take any credit for my accomplishments,” says Bouie. “I had some good leaders, including my grandmother. She lived by the old saying, ‘Treat people the way you want to be treated,’ and that has gotten me a long way in leadership and in relationships in general.”
“I believe in the power of good intentional customer service. That’s how I live and breathe,” he says.
Originally from Tallahassee, Florida, Bouie says he owes a lot to his grandmother, who lived to be 91. She instilled in him the importance of working hard. “I was the kid that stayed after practices and worked harder to develop my skills,” Bouie shares. “I have instilled that same work ethic in my kids.”
Bouie is happily married to his wife and high school sweetheart, Nicole, and is the father of four kids: Brandon, 12; Camryn, 10; Daniel, 6; and Hannah, 4.
“I tell my son hard work will beat talent every time,” says Bouie. After his children have applied themselves both academically and in their extracurricular activities, the family takes a break for a fun Friday family game night, with Monopoly being the game of choice.
“Hard worker,” “good listener” and “motivated” are just a few words that best describe Archie Bouie II. He is determined, has character and believes in serving others. He takes all of these attributes and uses them not only to bless and support his family, but to help many students who attend Georgia Military College as well.
Bouie wants everyone to know GMC is a viable option for furthering their education. The college has recently launched its Bachelors of Applied Science degree. Other areas of study include Business Management, Supervision in Management and Supply Chain Management & Logistics. Students can take classes in the evenings, on weekends and online.
According to Bouie, GMC is the largest provider of dual enrollment among high school students in Georgia. The two-year liberal arts community college offers free tutoring and was founded on guiding principles, including character, duty and honor.
Bouie’s first job in higher education was at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Florida, where he was the Associate Vice President of Fiscal Affairs; he also worked at Miami Dade College as its Campus Chief Operations Officer at the Inter-American campus.
It’s no wonder that Bouie’s career path led him to Georgia Military College. While at Miami Dade College, he was responsible for everything, including information technology, facilities, public safety and the budget.
Bouie is an accomplished man of integrity who lives by many of the school’s founding principles. He works diligently to accomplish his goals and is a man of good character, which is evident by the many relationships he has established.
He believes in excellent customer service to everyone he serves, from business partners to students and is a shining example of will, hard work and determination.