SWGSB Foundation at SMU Announces New Appointments to Its Board of Trustees

Dallas, Texas - The Southwestern Graduate School of Banking (SWGSB) Foundation at Southern Methodist University in Dallas has appointed four new trustees to its board, for the term 2017 through 2019: Kenneth L. Burgess, Jr., chairman, FirstCapital Bank of Texas, Midland, Texas; Jill Castilla, president and CEO, Citizens Bank of Edmond, Oklahoma; Brad Cheves, vice president for external affairs, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas; and J. Rogers Pope, Jr., vice chairman and CEO, Texas Bank & Trust, Longview, Texas. The new trustees will serve three-year terms, from 2017 through 2019. Further, Curtis J. Davidson, president and CEO of First National Bank and Trust Company of Ardmore, Oklahoma, was elected chairman, succeeding R. Rick Hart, president, Tennessee Division, Renasant Bank, who will remain on the board until January 2018. Victor Pierson, president, Moody National Bank, Galveston, Texas, was elected dean for bankers for the term 2017-2018. The announcement was made by S. Scott MacDonald, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of SWGSB Foundation, the parent organization of the SW Graduate School of Banking.

“Our board, faculty and staff join me in congratulating our new board members and newly elected officers of the SWGSB Foundation,” Dr. MacDonald said. “Each is a recognized leader in community banking today. We are honored that they have accepted the duties and responsibilities of serving on our foundation’s board. Their wealth of knowledge and respect throughout the industry, we know, will serve us well in the coming years.”

In their role as trustees of SWGSB Foundation, they will work with Dr. MacDonald and their fellow trustees in overseeing the highly regarded Assemblies for Bank Directors, the Certified Community Bank Director’s program, the ABA Commercial Lending Schools, the SW Graduate School of Banking, and the many other prestigious Foundation programs serving the financial services industry. The SW Graduate School of Banking Foundation, a nonprofit educational foundation devoted to the study of banking and the advancement of sound financial principles worldwide, is widely considered the nation’s most trusted source for banking education in America today.

The other SWGSB Foundation trustees currently on the board are:  J. Craig Buford, president and CEO, Community Bankers Association of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City; Robert L. Clarke, of counsel, Bracewell L.L.P., Houston, Texas; C. R. “Rusty” Cloutier, president and CEO, MidSouth Bank, Lafayette, Louisiana; Albert W. Niemi, Jr., Ph.D., dean, Edwin L. Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas; and Christopher L. Williston, CAE, president and CEO, Independent Bankers Association of Texas, Austin, Texas.

About the SW Graduate School of Banking Foundation.

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 60 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 (www.swgsb.org).  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 to conduct the ABA's Foundational Commercial Lending School and the Graduate 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; info@swgsb.org.  The SWGSB website is www.swgsb.org.