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Three area bankers graduate from the Southeastern School of Banking

Three area bankers graduate from the Southeastern School of Banking
Nashville—A total of 61 students have completed requirements for graduation from the 2007 session of The Southeastern School of BankingSM (TSSB).
The 2007 graduating class included 58 students from Tennessee, two from Mississippi, and one from Virginia. The school was held in July at the Owen Graduate School of Management on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
The Southeastern School of Banking is one of the four highly respected Southeastern Schools conducted annually by the Tennessee Bankers Association.
Organized in 1939, the TSSB is one of the oldest and largest state association–sponsored banking schools in the country. A two-year, intermediate-level school, it has provided professional training for more than 8,000 bankers since its inception. Instruction focuses on critical banking functions, their interrelationships, and determinants of profitability.
“Since it was established, The Southeastern School of Banking has concentrated on developing the banker’s analytical skills and management techniques,” said Chris Phillips, president of the school’s board of trustees and vice president with Macon Bank & Trust in Lafayette. “TSSB students learn how to compete effectively in the ever-changing financial services environment.”
Students who excel receive special honors recognition. This year, six students graduated with honors, ranking in the top 10 percent of their class. They were:
• J. Bryan Ashby, Franklin County United Bank, Decherd
• Ann Bowers, Citizens National Bank, Sevierville
• Jason Doggett, Bank of Frankewing, Frankewing
• John Liggett, First State Bank, Union City
• J. Tracy Temples, Franklin County United Bank, Decherd
• Clay Uselton, The Traders Naitonal Bank of Tullahoma, Tullahoma
TSSB’s curriculum incorporates over 80 hours of classroom instruction and spans a two-year period with a one-week resident session each year.
The school’s curriculum was developed in cooperation with the American Bankers Association, industry experts from throughout the country, and the TSSB’s board of trustees. In addition to traditional banking classes, TSSB students participate in a computer bank simulation game tailored to different levels of experience.
Students generally are career financial industry employees in higher-ranking staff or junior- to mid-management positions.
In addition to the honors program, one student each year is selected to receive a scholarship to continue their banking education by attending the Graduate School of Banking (GSB), conducted at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. The 2007 scholarship winner was Doug Hightshue, vice president, Cornerstone Community Bank, Chattanooga. The scholarship covers the tuition for the first year of the three-year program.
The scholarship committee bases its selection on final exam grades, home-study problem grades, evaluations by school instructors, and interviews with the candidates. The GSB was organized in 1950 and is sponsored by 15 southern bankers associations, including the Tennessee Bankers Association.
Jamie Orr of Paris and Kurt L. Baggett of Union City of Commercial Bank & Trust Co and John Liggett of Union City with First State Banks were area graduates.

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