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Strategic Topic Projects Position Community Banks for the Future

GSBC’s rising third-year students dedicate significant time before their final session on campus exploring and addressing an opportunity or challenge their institution is facing by completing their Strategic Topic Project.

Isaac, Maxa Join GSBC Alumni Advisory Board

GSBC welcomed two new community bankers to its Alumni Advisory Board at its meeting on October 13, 2022. The new members include GSBC Alumni Dan Isaac ‘17 (representing Nebraska) and Ron Maxa ’21 (representing Iowa).

GSBC Students Identify Emerging Risks and Opportunities

By GSBC President Michael Stevens One of the hard questions we asked the class was to identify emerging risks and opportunities based on the current economic environment, state of global affairs and changes in the environment. Risks Identified Small business survival, e.g., wages, inflation, supply chain. How much can they take? The unknown of digital…

GSBC Students on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

GSBC again held a “Hard Questions” course at its 71st Annual School Session in July. The premise of the course is that, as a leader, you will get the questions people don’t know how to—or don’t want to—answer. This special class provides an opportunity for students to expand their thinking by being exposed to a variety of views and experiences. 

Inaugural Leadership Program Challenged Alumni to Step Outside of Banking as Usual

The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) welcomed 50 alumni back to Boulder July 25-27 for its 2022 Community Bankers Summit at the University of Colorado. The first two days of the program featured the inaugural Executive Leadership Symposium, the result of a partnership with the CU Boulder Leeds School of Business, which offered GSBC alumni a certification in executive leadership.

Leighty Elected Chair of GSBC Alumni Association

Quentin Leighty, chief financial officer and president of First National Bank’s Northern El Paso County market in Colorado, has been elected chair of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) Alumni Association.

Huber Obenauer, Husong & Mikolich Elected to GSBC Board of Directors

The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) elected three new community bankers to its board of trustees at its meeting during the school’s 71st Annual School Session in Boulder, Colo. The new members include Christie Huber Obenauer, Robert Husong and Gail Mikolich.

Lockard Named Chair Elect of GSBC

Barry Lockard, president and chief executive officer of Cornhusker Bank in Lincoln, Neb., has been named chair elect of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) for 2022-2023.

Erickson to Drive Innovation, Strategy as GSBC Chair

Kevin Erickson, market president of Independent Financial in Longmont, Colo., has been elected chair of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) for 2022-2023.

GSBC Concludes 71st Annual School Session, Announces Class of 2022

The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) is honored to present the GSBC Class of 2022. The school concluded its 71st Annual School Session on July 29, 2022, awarding 168 community bankers and regulators from across the nation with its prestigious diploma in banking.

GSBC to Educate, Innovate, Connect Through 3-Year Strategic Plan

The GSBC Board of Trustees on May 25, 2022, unanimously approved a strategic plan for GSBC. The plan establishes a long-term direction for the school while honoring the school’s legacy and those who built it.

The Future is Now

This is the third in a series of articles from GSBC’s Peer Group Projects. The projects are the work of our first-year class from July 2021. This article was compiled from the work of two groups which looked at the future of community banking post-pandemic.