Board of Trustees

The Graduate School of Banking is managed by a thirty-four member Board of Trustees which meets annually to review the School’s operations and to establish policy. The chief executive officers of the fifteen sponsoring state banker associations are permanent members of the Board and a banker from each state, who is a graduate of the School, serves on the Board. The banker member is appointed for a two-year term by the association executive and may serve two consecutive terms. Also serving on the board is the President, President-Elect, Executive Vice President, and the Immediate Past President.


Current members of the Board of Trustees

State Association Executives:

Colin L. Barrett
President, Tennessee Bankers Association, Nashville, TN

Roger M. Beverage
President and CEO, Oklahoma Bankers Association, Oklahoma City, OK

J. Joseph Brannen
President and CEO, Georgia Bankers Association, Atlanta, GA

Ballard W. Cassady, Jr.
President and CEO, Kentucky Bankers Association, Louisville, KY

Sara M. Cline
Executive Vice President, West Virginia Bankers Association, Charleston, WV

Max Cook
President and CEO, Missouri Bankers Association, Jefferson City, MO

McKinley W. Deaver
President, Mississippi Bankers Association, Jackson, MS

Fred L. Green, III
President and CEO, South Carolina Bankers Association, Columbia, SC

Peter K. Gwaltney
President and CEO, North Carolina Bankers Association, Raleigh, NC

William Holmes
President and CEO, Arkansas Bankers Association, Little Rock, AR

Scott E. Latham
President and CEO, Alabama Bankers Association, Montgomery, AL

Alejandro M. Sanchez
President and CEO, Florida Bankers Association, Tallahassee, FL

Eric Sandberg
President and Chief Executive Officer, Texas Bankers Association, Austin, TX

Robert T. Taylor
Chief Executive Officer, Louisiana Bankers Association, Baton Rouge, LA

Bruce T. Whitehurst
President and CEO, Virginia Bankers Association, Glen Allen, VA


Appointed Banker Trustees:

Bill Allen
President, Bank of the Bluegrass & Trust Co., Lexington, KY

Scott Cocanougher
Chief Executive Officer, First Community Bank of Tennessee, Shelbyville, TN

L. Shane Cowger
Sales Manager/Executive Vice President, Arvest Bank, Springfield, MO

Ryan P. Earnest
President & CEO, Heritage First Bank, Rome, GA

Wes Fulmer
Executive Vice President, The Peoples Bank, Biloxi, MS

Chris Miller
Senior Vice President, Southside Bank, Austin, TX

Robert W. Mullins
Area President, Premier Bank of the South, Huntsville, AL

John C. Neal
Director (retired), Union Bank & Trust Company, Fredericksburg, VA

Marvin E. Robinson
Senior Vice President - Columbia Area Executive, CresCom Bank, Cayce, SC

Ami Shaver
Senior Vice President, Director of Retail Banking, United Bank, Parkersburg, WV

Corey T. Sisson
Market President, Firstar Bank, Claremore, OK

Jason Smith
President and CEO, Citizens National Bank, Bossier City, LA

Les Smith
Loan Manager, Arvest Bank, Fort Smith, AR

William M. Stallings
Principal Business Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo Business Banking, Winston-Salem, NC

John D. Sumrall
President and CEO, Trustmark National Bank, Santa Rosa Beach, FL


Administrative Officers:

John Jordan
Executive Vice President, Graduate School of Banking at LSU, Baton Rouge, LA

Robert T. Taylor
Chairman of the Board of GSB and Chief Executive Officer, Louisiana Bankers Assn., Baton Rouge, LA

Scott E. Latham
Chairman-Elect, President and CEO, Alabama Bankers Association, Montgomery, AL

Mark G.  Holladay
President of GSB and EVP and Chief Risk Officer, Synovus, Columbus, GA

Joseph D. Hudgins
President-Elect and Senior EVP & Chief Credit Officer, First Florida Integrity Bank, Naples, FL

H. Watts Steger
Immediate President Elect of GSB and Chairman, Bank of Botetourt, Buchanan, VA