A rising star in Mississippi banking is leaving the helm of one of the state's largest banks for a position considered second only to the state governor in prestige -- athletic director at the University of Mississippi.

The 44-year-old James T. "Pete" Boone, for the past three years the president and chief executive officer of Grenada Sunburst System Corp. in Grenada, Miss., officially will begin his new career Jan. 1.

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