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Directors to Convene at Certified Community Bank Director's Program in Dallas – October 21-23, 2021

July 2021

Dallas, Texas—July 2021— the SW Graduate School of Banking (SWGSB) Foundation will convene this year's Certified Community Bank Director's Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, October 21-23, 2021. Bank directors from throughout the United States will participate in a program that includes strategist S. Scott MacDonald, strategic consultant R. Jay Phillips, compliance expert Karen M. Neeley, regulatory manager Kelly Goulart, capital market strategist Todd Wentz, credit risk management consultant Merrill Reynolds, bank attorney Sanford Brown, investment expert Blake Scharlach and balance sheet expert James Clarke.

"From its inception, the Certified Community Bank Director’s Program has received high praise and record attendance," SWGSB Foundation president S. Scott MacDonald, Ph.D., said. "Community banks nationwide are eager to give their directors every advantage to serve successfully in their fiduciary roles. Regulators applaud the educational efforts to raise and maintain bank board standards of excellence. Everyone benefits from superior governance and best practices that lead to a more solid financial system – customers as well as the communities they serve."

The Certified Community Bank Director's Program is split into two levels and will cover a number of important topics. Level 1 includes "Corporate Governance and the Role of a Board Member" (MacDonald); "Understanding Performance Metrics" (Phillips); "The Director's Role in BSA and AML Compliance" (Neeley); "Risk Management" (MacDonald); and "Today's Most Important Compliance Topics" (Goulart). Level 2 includes "The Director's Role in Credit Risk Management" (Reynolds); "Corporate Governance and the Compliance Function" (Brown); Balance Sheet Management (Scharlach); "Strategic Performance: How Does Your Institution Measure Up?" (MacDonald); "Understanding Interest Rate Risk" (Clarke). There will also be a panel discussion with Level 1 and Level 2 combined.

For Workshop 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 65 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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