♦ Fort Lewis College School of Business Administration
The School of Business Administration (SOBA) supports and hosts the Western States School of Banking (WSSB) on the beautiful campus of Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Providing on-campus support and guidance, with a future intention of more faculty involvement, SOBA strengthens WSSB’s commitment and connection to quality higher education.
♦ Independent Bankers of Colorado
The Independent Bankers of Colorado (IBC) is a leader and advocate for community banking in Colorado and has served the Western States School of Banking (WSSB) since its earliest years with strong participation on the WSSB Board of Directors. Barbara Walker, Executive Director, leads IBC’s outreach to community banks in Colorado and works to strengthen WSSB’s presence in the Rocky Mountain Region. With contributions for student events and an annual Freshman Achievement Award which grants $1,000 toward the senior tuition for the top-performing WSSB freshman from an IBC Member Bank, IBC has created friends throughout the Rocky Mountain Region and strengthens community banking in countless ways through its support of WSSB.
♦ Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico
The Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico (ICBA/NM) has been a strong supporter of the Western States School of Banking (WSSB) for many years with generous Board participation/leadership, donations, and its strong commitment to strengthening the community banking industry through superior banking education. WSSB owes a tremendous debt to ICBA/NM for its amazing support and sharing of the remarkable leadership of Jerry Walker, its President and CEO, who led WSSB through a nine-year partnership from 2007 to 2015 when WSSB’s banking school program was held at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Ed Robertson, President and CEO of MyBank in Belen, New Mexico, is ICBA/NM’s representative on the WSSB Board.
♦ Graduate School of Banking at Colorado
After graduating from the Western States School of Banking’s (WSSB) two-year program, alumni can enter the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) as a second-year student, in a three-year Certificate program. A competitive process during WSSB’s school session allows new WSSB Graduates to apply for a $1,360 scholarship toward GSBC’s program. For parameters on this scholarship, please click 2018 GSBC Scholarship Information
♦ Western States Director Education Foundation
The Western States Director Education Foundation (WSDEF) is committed to making a difference in the community banking industry through quality post-college industry trainings and provides a generous grant to the Western States School of Banking every year.
The WSDEF Annual Symposium is designed for bank directors, and continues the legacy of high-level continuing education for community bank directors. When you register for the Symposium, you’ll enjoy a unique opportunity to network, learn, discuss, and position collaboratively for the future of community banking with other bank executives. The 2018 Symposium for Community Bank Directors will be held on October 28–30 at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. Register today!
♦ New Mexico Bankers Association
The New Mexico Bankers Association (NMBA) is an integral part of the roots of the Western States School of Banking and has been involved in supporting and guiding the school since its inception. Through generous grants and participation on the Board of Directors, the NMBA makes a viable difference in the community banking industry through its support of quality education through the Western States School of Banking.