COVID-19 Announcement

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Banking Outlook Conference – February 2020

For the sixth consecutive year the Graduate School of Banking at LSU is participating in the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Annual Economic Outlook Conference which will he held Thursday, February 27th at the bank’s head office.

The School’s program will feature a panel moderated by Jody Hudgins, GSBLSU President and Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at First Florida Integrity Bank.  The panel members, Cal Evans, GSBLSU Faculty Member and Market Intelligence Director at Synovus Bank, Michael Allen, Faculty Member and  Director of Real Estate Credit Risk at Cadence Bank and Donald Bardwell, Supervision and Regulation Portfolio Director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta will address Credit Risk Management concerns and strategies as the banking industry enters eleven years of economic expansion.  The panel will be open to questions.

This promises to be a very informative seminar which will be filled to capacity.  There is no registration fee to sign up for the Conference.  Once registration is full, a waiting list will be available.  Please click the image or link below to register for the event. Guests will not be permitted into the bank without prior registration. Registration must be completed by midnight on Friday, February 21, 2020.



Please use the following link to register for the event. Guests will not be permitted into the bank without prior registration. Registration must be completed by 5:00pm on Friday, February 21st, 2020. Please note that this event is by invitation only. The following link contains the event description, agenda, and registration page.

Register here



Details to reserve a room in the conference hotel block are forthcoming. The room rate for the conference block will be $165 at the Marriott Suites Hotel. We will share sign up information when it is available from the hotel. There are many lodging options near the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta if you prefer to make your own arrangements now.

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More details about the conference will come closer to the event. For questions please contact Lauren Terschan at or reply to this email. This event is sponsored by the Risk Analysis Unit in the Supervision, Regulation, and Credit division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. We look forward to seeing you on February 27, 2020.

To cancel your registration, please email

Fierce Finishes the Degree

Get A Jump Start On Your MBA!

LSU Online and the Graduate School of Banking at LSU are excited to announce a partnership for graduates looking to earn their online MBA! Graduates from the Graduate School of Banking will have the opportunity to earn six (6) credits if they enroll in the Flores MBA Program at LSU in Baton Rouge. That equals $6,660 in savings!

Learn more about this program.

Ready to start the application process? Apply today and use code LSUONLINE2019 to waive the application fee.

At LSU Online our mission is simple: create high-quality learning experiences with world-class customer service. We prepare our graduates to be highly employable critical thinkers and problem solvers within their community.

Your personal enrollment concierge will support and guide you through the enrollment process, starting by identifying the program that best meets your needs, and helping you to get started with your application.

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Every year, the seniors of GSBLSU take part in the Bank Management Simulation course, a computer-based program that is specifically designed to provide students with a look into management and the decision-making process in specific banking areas, such as investments, funds management, risk management, loans, and asset/liability management.

During this simulation, the class is divided into teams. Each team is responsible for effective management and profitability of an 800-million-dollar bank. The computer model (BMSim) allows students to make future decisions for the bank and quickly receive feedback on the effectiveness of these decisions. Students must consider the economy, bank competition, and regulatory constraints when planning and implementing their decisions. During the two-week program, the teams will experience an equivalent of two years in bank management and operations, and the results are examined quarterly by state and federal regulators.

Once the course is completed, winners are selected based on factors such as organization, consistency, earnings, ability to report to shareholders, and how they positioned the bank for the future.

The following students were the 2019 Bank Simulation winners. Each received a letter of recognition, as did their home bank’s president and CEO, along with a certificate of recognition for their outstanding work on the Bank Management Simulation. Please join us in congratulating the 2019 Bank Sim winners!

D1 Stacy Aldridge First Kentucky Bank Mayfield KY
C3 John Blanton Peoples Bank Richland MS
D1 Eduardo Bustos Banco del Bajio Leon Guanajuato MX
B5 Paul Catalano Gulf Coast Bank & Trust New Orleans LA
C3 Alex Clayton The Conway National Bank Conway SC
C3 Detra Cleven Bank of Tennessee Johnson City TN
E1 Joseph Duncan Union Bank & Trust Charlotte NC
D1 David Fayard Hancock Whitney Bank Gulfport MS
E1 Nakecia Fuller FDIC Mableton GA
B5 William Harding Regions Bank Cullman AL
A2 Christian Harrod Centennial Bank Trust Departme Jonesboro AR
F2 William Hayden First Kentucky Bank Mayfield KY
E1 Rodolfo Herrera Banorte Mexico MX
B5 Chad Hill Volunteer State Bank Murfressboro TN
F2 Marianne Hopkins Sabine State Bank & Trust Co. Many LA
E1 Russell Huntley Citizens National Bank Meridian MS
A2 Jane Hurt Farmers National Bank Bowling Green KY
F2 Mark Maher RiverHills Bank Port Gibson MS
D1 Bradley McCarter Tennessee State Bank Pigeon Forge TN
F2 Alan Miller American National Bank & Trust Roanoke VA
E1 Brady Mouton Washington State Bank Lafayette LA
C3 Gabriel Pelusi Banorte Ciudad de Mexico MX
C3 Robert Revell AB&T National Bank Albany GA
F2 Rolando Saldivar Banco Base San Pedro Garza MX
B5 Jose Julian Sanchez Serrano Banorte Mexico MX
F2 Charles Schmidt Community Bank Coast Fairhope AL
A2 Michael Sisco MS Dept. of Banking & Consumer Jackson MS
B5 Jennifer Stalvey Southwest Georgia Bank Valdosta GA
A2 Taron Thorpe CB&S Bank Huntsville AL
D1 Aaron Whitely Hancock Whitney Bank New Orleans LA
A2 Brett Willis Synovus Bank Columbus GA

4 Reasons to Attend GSBLSU [INFOGRAPHIC]

Continuing education is a great way to remain ahead of the curve in any industry, but this is particularly true of one as varied and rapidly evolving as banking.  In order to advance your career within your financial institution, you will need to understand a multitude of banking specialties, not just your own.  Furthermore, you […]

Online Bank Study Submission

The Graduate School of Banking at LSU is excited to announce that for the 2019 Sessionmoodle and beyond, our students will be able to submit their bank study projects on-line.  We are working with LSU’s Digital and Continuing Education department to use Moodle (a learning management system) to begin the transition to a paperless environment.  Moodle provides an easy-to-navigate and universally accessible interface.  Moodle is secure and student information is private. For example, students won’t be able to see each other’s grades or assignments.

Students will be sent an email a week or so prior to the session with login information and Moodle instructions on how to upload the bank study projects.  Faculty will be able to grade the projects and return grades to students in a timely manner through Moodle.

1992 GSBLSU Graduate Debbie Crowder One of American Banker’s 2018 Women to Watch

The Graduate School of Banking at LSU focuses on providing an advanced, well-rounded financial education that will allow our graduates to grow in their careers and excel in their fields.  It is with great pride that we look back on our graduates, where they began, and the success they now enjoy.  Alumni such as Debbie Crowder of SunTrust Banks, are prime examples of the illustrious careers GSBLSU students can go on to pursue.

As Head of Branch Banking, Debbie leads SunTrust’s most high-profile business line, a role in which she has excelled.  She has implemented positive changes, such as the institution’s leadership development program, in order to help the employees of over 1,200 branches reach their full potential.  As a result of her efforts, Debbie has received multiple prestigious awards, including the “Cultural Champion” award from BI Worldwide, and most recently, being named one of American Banker’s 2018 Women to Watch.

Debbie’s list of accomplishments is extensive and impressive, and the Graduate School of Banking at LSU is proud to count her among our thousands of accomplished graduates.  Congratulations, Debbie.  We are excited to see what else the future holds.