FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jelena McWilliams, David Kemp, and Charles Cooper joined the Foundation’s Board of Trustees in January
Dallas, TX (SMU) March 9, 2023 – Three nationally known banking luminaries have joined the board of
trustees of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking Foundation (SWGSB) at the Cox School of
Business, Southern Methodist University (SMU Cox). The school and foundation provide top educational
experiences for bank officers, community bank directors and other leaders in the financial services
New trustees include Ms. Jelena McWilliams, managing partner of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New
York City; Mr. David L. Kemp, president of Bankers Management Inc. in McDonough, Georgia; and Mr.
Charles G. Cooper, commissioner of the Texas Department of Banking in Austin, Texas.
McWilliams became chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission (FDIC) on June 5, 2018. She
was executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary for Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati,
Ohio. Prior to her work at the bank, she worked as chief counsel and deputy staff director for the Senate
Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. She has also worked as an attorney for the Federal
Reserve Board of Governors and has practiced securities law in the private sector. McWilliams has
undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.
Kemp is president of Bankers Management Inc (BMI). BMI is a nationally recognized company in financial
services training and bank consulting. His more than 40 years of experience include forming BMI, serving
as vice president and director of credit services for Cannon Lending Schools and serving as vice
president of corporate finance for Citicorp North America. He regularly teaches courses as a visiting
professor and guest lecturer, and has served on several Atlanta boards.
Cooper became Texas banking commissioner on Dec. 1, 2008. His career in banking spans almost 50
years and includes the public and private sectors. He began his career with the FDIC in the Dallas area
and also has held senior roles in commercial banking and private equity. He has degrees in finance and
economics from Baylor University and is a Southwestern Graduate School of Banking alum.
“These three individuals are leaders in the banking world and their decades of combined experience in
commercial banking, private equity, public policy, securities law and industry regulation will help the
Southwestern Graduate School of Banking Foundation maintain its position as the nation’s premier
banking educational institution,” SWGSB Foundation President and CEO Jeff Schmid said. “These
professionals join an already preeminent group of existing board members who are dedicated to making
the financial services industry better, stronger and more nimble.”
The SWGSB Foundation board of trustees is composed of 15 top leaders in the banking industry from
throughout the country.
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About the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking Foundation at the Cox School of Business
Established in 1957 at SMU in Dallas, the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking (www.swgsb.org) is
a top banking educational institution and partner of SMU’s renowned Cox School of Business. The
professional school serves bank officers, community bank directors, regulators and other leaders in the
financial services industry. SWGSB’s rigorous Executive Education emphasizes financial management,
leadership development and strategic planning. Annually, the SWGSB Foundation conducts the
prestigious Assemblies for Bank Directors, a series of seminars and workshops held throughout the
United States, Canada and off-shore for bank board members and senior officers. The Foundation
recently re-launched its national Certified Community Bank Directors’ Program. SWGSB is currently
accepting applications for its summer 2023 programs. For more information, contact (214) 768-2991 or
About SMU Cox
The Cox School of Business (https://www.smu.edu/Cox), which celebrated 100 years of business
education at SMU in 2020, is committed to influencing the way the world conducts business via prolific
research that provokes innovation, change and global thought leadership. SMU Cox School of Business
offers a full range of business education programs including BBA, Full-Time MBA, Professional MBA
(part-time), Executive MBA, Online MBA, Direct MBA and Master of Science degree programs, as well as
Executive Education. Consistently ranked among the world’s leading business schools, SMU Cox
maintains an active, worldwide alumni network. The Cox School is accredited by the Association to
Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).