About the Western States School of Banking

After graduating the 2018 senior class this June, the Western States School of Banking will be directing students and inquiries to the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. The schools have shared a vision to serve the community banking industry in New Mexico, Colorado, and the western states through education and have partnered for many years for this purpose. It is with confidence that WSSB will refer prospective students to GSBC’s great program.

WSSB Graduating Class of 2018

The June 2018 campus  session for seniors will be held at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, June 8-16.

The Western States School of Banking is a bachelor level two-year certificate program that has been educating community banking leaders for over forty years, from 1974 to 2018, graduating over 2,000 bankers through its intensive program.

The Intersession Projects are a substantial part of the learning, and consist of tiered, four-paper research papers that allow students to learn between sessions while on-the-job. Research is focused on the unique financial data, demographics, and competitive marketing challenges of each student’s sponsoring bank for an immediate ROI.

An investment in employees with the superb competencies gained from WSSB equips them to become more effective managers, leaders, and partners in the economic development goals of their organizations. Students enjoy an “old school” competitive atmosphere where grades, attendance, and integrity matter. Top students are honored with scholarships, cash awards, and recognition of their efforts and commitment to WSSB’s program.

Western States School of Banking Class of 2017

WSSB Class of 2017

WSSB was founded as the New Mexico School of Banking in 1974, and from the beginning developed strong, determined roots to provide a cutting-edge education with practical tools for meeting the ever-changing, dynamic challenges unique to community banking.

  A New Mexico-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, WSSB is dedicated to providing the finest in banking education to all levels of banking professionals.

WSSB’s Board of Directors is comprised of eighteen senior-level banking executives from three states:

  • New Mexico
  • Colorado
  • Wyoming

We also incorporate the broader perspectives of three banking associations, with executives contributing to the Board from the Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico (ICBA/NM), the Independent Bankers of Colorado (IBC), and the New Mexico Bankers’ Association (NMBA).

  WSSB’s Executive Director and School Administrator, Gigi Baty, maintains WSSB’s administrative office in Durango, Colorado, however the school remains a New Mexico-based nonprofit organization.