Community Bank Directors to Meet at 147th Assembly for Bank Directors in Napa – September 6-9

March 2018

Dallas, Texas—March 2018— the SW Graduate School of Banking (SWGSB) Foundation will convene its 147th Assembly for Bank Directors at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California, September 6-9, 2018. Bank directors and their spouses from throughout the United States are expected to participate in a program that includes ethics expert Marianne Jennings, credit risk consultant David Kemp, interest rate authority Greg Meadows, cybersecurity expert Brian Thomas, bank strategist Dave Martin, industry CPA Debbie Scanlon, and banking finance authority S. Scott MacDonald, Ph.D.

"Bank director training is more critical than ever before," SWGSB Foundation president S. Scott MacDonald, Ph.D., said. "We’ve tailored this program to the moment and entitled it 'Best Strategies of Highly Effective Community Banks.' Our faculty have crafted their presentations in answer to the many questions directors are asking about their role in an increasingly complex and challenging environment. The 147th Assembly for Bank Directors will provide a complete overview of what lies ahead and what key steps must be taken to ensure a solid, highly profitable future."

The Assembly will cover a number of important topics, including “New Wine in Old Bottles, New Economy and Old Ethics” (Jennings); “Documenting Your Key Assumptions for Interest Rate Risk” (Meadows); “Best Practices for Directors in Credit Risk Management” (Kemp); “Keeping Bankers Relevant in a Self-Service World” (Martin); “Directors Don’t Need to Know Accounting, Do They?” (Scanlon); and “Cybersecurity Today: Avoid Becoming a News Headline” (Thomas). There will also be workshops on “Understanding Your Bank’s Interest Rate Risk” (Meadows) and “Board of Directors’ Best Practices” (Kemp).

For Assembly registration and other information, please write, call, or e-mail: SWGSB, SMU Box 214, Dallas, Texas, 75275; (214) 768-2991; The SWGSB website is Registrations can also be made directly online at


Established in 1957 at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, the Graduate School of Banking has become one of the top banking educational institutions today. It is a professional school for bank officers, regulators, and others holding management positions in the financial services industry. SWGSB – celebrating 61 years in professional leadership development – meets two weeks annually over three years, bringing into focus and augmenting these managers’ on-the-job experience. Emphasis is placed on financial management, leadership development, and strategic planning. The graduate school’s sponsoring partners include the Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas bankers associations, the Independent Bankers Association of Texas, and Southern Methodist University.

At the forefront of disseminating information about the latest bank management strategies, the SWGSB educational experience also includes an interactive website ( and leading technology initiatives, such as its proprietary BankCEO and Loan Simulation computer programs. The SWGSB Foundation conducts the prestigious Assemblies for Bank Directors, a series of annual seminars and workshops held throughout the United States, Canada and off shore for bank board members and senior officers. It partners with the American Bankers Association (ABA) to conduct the ABA’s Foundational Commercial Lending School and the Advanced Commercial Lending School. SWGSB and SWGSB Foundation are headquartered at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business, one of the top business schools in the world.

Those interested in attending SMU’s Graduate School of Banking—or in learning more about the school and other SWGSB Foundation programs—may write, call, or e-mail: SWGSB, SMU Box 214, Dallas, Texas, 75275; (214) 768-2991; The SWGSB website is Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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