Annual School Session

July 16-28, 2023 | University of Colorado | Boulder, CO

America's Premier Community Banking School

Hosted each July at the University of Colorado Boulder, this 25-month graduate school of banking delivers a relevant and challenging curriculum that deepens students' understanding of community banking.


Overview

In the Annual School Session, students take courses that are designed and regularly updated to tackle relevant topics in the community banking industry. Students attend three consecutive annual two-week sessions at CU Boulder, and have numerous opportunities to network with bankers from their states and across the country.

GSBC Students

  • Are recognized by bank management as rising stars in their organizations
  • Engage in an all-encompassing curriculum that broadens industry knowledge
  • Learn strategies to become effective leaders in their organizations
  • Apply their knowledge and education through coursework and intersession research projects to create tangible, positive and long-term impacts on their organizations
  • Engage among timely and relevant issues facing the banking industry today, providing them with tools and information to tackle these challenges and help lead their organizations
  • Become life-long community bank leaders upon completion of GSBC

Life as a GSBC student


Curriculum

Career Tracks & Course Descriptions

GSBC’s curriculum transforms community bankers into community bank leaders by:

  • Providing the essentials from which a solid education is built
  • Building leaders who make differences in their banks and communities
  • Fostering readiness by providing the tools to think critically and act innovatively

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Intersession Projects

Intersession research projects and evening presentations focus on current issues affecting community banks and provide students with takeaways that can be immediately implemented to enhance organizational performance. Students complete six intersession projects total—three after year one and three after year two.

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Admission & Fees

Do you have a Bachelor’s degree (or similar experience)? Have you worked at least three years in the banking industry or a closely-related field? These are just some of the qualifications our applicants must meet to be admitted to GSBC.

See what it takes to apply, including applicable tuition and fees for each year of attendance.

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Facilities & Accommodations

Our school partners with the University of Colorado Boulder to offer students access to state-of-the-art classrooms. This partnership also provides GSBC students with access to other campus facilities like the recently revamped residence halls, apartments and dining facilities—all within walking distance of academic classrooms and Boulder’s renowned hiking trails.

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Flexibility

Second Year Direct

Incoming students with significant banking education already under their belts may be admitted as second year students. See the full list of qualifications and qualifying state association banking schools.

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MBA/MS Finance Credit

Following completion of GSBC course work, students may be able to qualify for MBA or MS Finance credit at partnering universities, including:

  • Union College (Kentucky), MBA Credit
  • University of Colorado Denver, MBA and MS Finance Credit
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, MBA Credit
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, MBA Credit
  • University of South Carolina, Professional MBA Credit

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Continuing Professional Education

Students can also count their work at GSBC toward Continuing Professional Education. GSBC is registered with the NASBA as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses.

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Scholarships

Three scholarships are available through the GSBC Alumni Association and our co-sponsoring state banking associations.

  • Alumni Association Scholarship
  • Intermediate Banking School Scholarship
  • Bolder Banking Scholarship

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Faculty

Our faculty members are nationally recognized bankers, consultants and academics who are leading experts in their fields. They bring real-life examples, case studies and unique models of technical instruction to facilitate a lively and open learning environment.

Lamont Black

Chicago, IL

Keith Bowles

Bentonville, AR

Chris Carlson

Bellevue, WA

David Cotney

Washington, DC

Blake Crow

Des Moines, IA
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Tiffany Erb

Dallas, TX
Jonathan Finley

Jonathan Finley

Baton Rouge, LA

Steven Gonzalo

Ottawa, IL

Alison Gould

New York, NY

Roger Guerin

Sanford, ME

Tory Haggerty

Sioux Falls, SD

Richard Hamm

Huntsville, AL

Perry Haralson

Lincoln, NE
David Heneke

David Heneke

Waite Park, MN

Michelle Hodge

Industry, TX

Suzi Kalsow

Spirit Lake, IA
Brent Klanderud

Brent Klanderud

Kansas City Region

Dr. Tony Kong

Boulder, CO

David Linaburg

Farmers Branch, TX

Jim LoPresti

Denver, CO

Jeff McDonald

Denver, CO

Wayne Miller

Washington D.C.
Matt Miller

Matt Miller

Gladstone, NJ
Jason Mork

Jason Mork

Milwaukee, WI

Cathy Morrissey

Lincoln, NE
Dave Nowling

David Nowling

Aurora, CO

Lance Nunn

Newport, OR

Paul O’Connor

Chicago, IL

Tim Ohlde

Clyde, KS

Patricia Perry

Richmond, VA
David Peterson

David Peterson

Valdosta, GA

Jeff Phillips

Prairie Village, KS
Scott Polakoff

Scott Polakoff

Gladstone, NJ

Charles E. Potts

Washington D.C.

Doris Rigoni

Denver, CO

Ellen Sharp

Lexington, KY

Thomas Siems, Ph.D.

Washington, DC

Wendy Skorburg

Plano, Texas

Michael Stevens

Westminster, CO
Greyson Tuck

Greyson Tuck

Memphis, TN

Bryan Wilken

Minneapolis, MN

Larry Young

Sioux Falls, SD
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What People Are Saying

I couldn’t have hoped for a better banking school experience than at GSBC. The opportunity to work through real world examples in class, network and participate in a holistic banking education that covered technology, leadership skills, loans, deposits, finances and more - all with a community-bank focus - gave me the boost I needed for my own professional growth.

GSBC was an invaluable experience to me as a person and a professional. The classes and projects broadened my perspective, making me a better banker. The instructors were enthusiastic about banking, and the relationships I developed will be meaningful for the rest of my career. I’m so glad I chose GSBC.

At GSBC, I developed a much deeper understanding of banking as a whole and came back to my bank with great questions about why or why not some of the things I’d learned were being done. The relationships I’ve developed with other students has also helped me with expanding my bank understanding and network of associates to ask questions of and interact with regarding bank decisions, policies and procedures.

GSBC offered a worthwhile and in-depth insight into all aspects of the banking industry. The knowledge of the faculty and panelists proved rewarding year after year while attending. The opportunity for networking allowed professionals from all across the nation to collaborate and strengthen business relations. I cannot say enough about how rewarding and beneficial my experience has proven to be since leaving GSBC.

GSBC offered a forum where I could talk to other community bankers about their experiences, share ideas on how to solve problems, and learn from a knowledgeable faculty. The students bring a diverse set of experiences from all over the country and it is interesting to hear their unique perspective in class discussions. After my experience at GSBC, I think about my bank in a different way and bring more value as a community banker.

Brittany Welch
Brittany Welch
Annual School Session
Class of 2022
Travis Renfrow
Travis Renfrow
Annual School Session
Class of 2022
Kate Franken
Kate Franken
Annual School Session
Class of 2022
Nathan Legleiter
Nathan Legleiter
Annual School Session
Class of 2022
Tyler Parry
Tyler Parry
Annual School Session
Class of 2022
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