The ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking recognized 214 graduates today, awarding Stonier diplomas and Wharton leadership certificates. ABA Chairman-Elect Ken Burgess — chairman and co-founder of FirstCapital Bank of Texas in Midland – delivered the keynote address for the graduation ceremony, held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols also addressed the group, highlighting the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, from fintech to consolidation.
This year, nearly 700 students attended Stonier, representing banks of all sizes and geographies, various regulatory agencies and international organizations.
Stonier’s intensive education program complements extension projects throughout the year. The three-year program focuses on preparing future industry leaders with curriculum covering a variety of topics including capital planning, enterprise risk management, marketing strategy and technology and innovation.