One lesson from his student days as a business student at Longwood has stuck with Charles “Chuck” Fagan III throughout his successful career in financial services.

It was the fall of 1984, and Dr. Wilfred “Jack” Jacques, then dean of the business school, wrote, “the god of business is performance” on a chalkboard without saying a word. Fagan remembers it like yesterday.

“That always connected with me,” he said. “His message was, in effect, that a college degree is going to get you in the door but, once you get in, how you perform is what’s going to drive how far you can take your career. I took that to mean I’m always going to be the most prepared for meetings. I’m always going to be thinking about and doing more than just trying to grab a paycheck. I’m going to be a student of our industry and a lifelong learner.”

Fagan’s first job after college was with Virginia Credit Union, which launched a 35- year career in the credit union industry.

Since 2015, he has served as president and chief executive officer of PSCU, the nation’s premier payments and credit union service organization. The company has more than 3,000 employees and supports the success of 1,900 financial institutions, representing over 50 million accounts and processing nearly 8 billion transactions annually.

“My whole career has been centered on money movement and electronic payments,” Fagan said.

His resume also includes serving as president and chief executive officer of the Credit Union Executives Society. He recently was included in the Florida 500, which highlights the 500 most influential executives throughout the state, and he currently serves on Visa’s Executive Client Council and as a member of the advisory board for the College of Business and Economics.

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