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The Continued Evolution of Community Banks

This month I began “Phase 3” of my career as I prepare to become the president of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC). This transition will be complete when my friend, Tim Koch, retires on July 31. As I closed out my career with the Conference of State Bank Supervisors a few weeks ago…

GSBC Graduates 6th Cohort of Executive Development Institute for Community Bankers®

The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) is pleased to announce the completion of its Executive Development Institute for Community Bankers® and the graduation of the participants in its sixth cohort.

GSBC Announces Plan for In-Person, Virtual 70th Annual School Session

The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) has announced its plan to host its 70th Annual School Session July 18-30, 2021 in person on the University of Colorado Boulder campus while giving students the option to participate in a virtual learning experience in tandem with the two-week school.

2021 Alumni Association Golf Tournament

Come out and join fellow classmates, faculty, trustees, alumni and friends for a fun-filled day on the greens with a marvelous view of the Colorado Rocky Mountains! Colorado National Golf Club is located in Erie, CO, just 30 minutes east of Boulder.

Annual School Session Curriculum to Address Economic & Regulatory Impacts of COVID-19 & the 2020 Election

GSBC’s electives have been expanded in 2021 to address COVID-19-related challenges and reveal areas of opportunity.

Liquidity Strategies for Illiquid Community Bank Stocks

If your community bank has adopted a strategy of long-term independence and your stock does not enjoy market liquidity, the following should be considered to provide for liquidity in the common stock.

First Quarter Fixed Income Strategy: Looking Back to Plan Ahead

As we close the books on 2020, we have the perfect opportunity to take stock of what bank balance sheets look like, assess what has worked (and what has not) and back test risk management methodologies.

Pandemic Economics: After & Future Shocks With Dr. Dave Kohl

This uncertainty, combined with the existing pressures of the pandemic environment, calls for community bank leaders to be as informed as possible on critical issues facing banks in the next 3-6 months.

Tim’s Takeaways: Community Banking in a COVID & Post-Election Environment

On November 19, GSBC offered a webinar that addressed the current banking and economic environment. The panelists included Cindy Blankenship (Bank of the West, Texas), Don Musso (FinPro, Inc.) and Michael Stevens (CSBS) who discussed issues that were ‘top of mind’ and strategic opportunities for community banks.

Special Announcement: Michael Stevens Named President-Elect of GSBC

The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC), America’s premier community banking school, has named Michael Stevens its president-elect effective May 1, 2021.

Community Banking in a COVID & Post-Election Environment

This uncertainty, combined with the existing pressures of the pandemic environment, calls for community bank leaders to be as informed as possible on critical issues facing banks in the next 3-6 months.

A Letter From Tim Karsky, GSBC Past Chairman

Although the GSBC Class of 2020 had to delay their graduation to 2021, I am positive the experiences you have gone through this year will make you better bankers. You have adapted to many changes on the fly, and I hope you will share with your banker friends what you have learned.