Thursday, April 22, 2021


Professional development plays a vital role in banking today. When bankers are well-trained for their jobs, everyone wins -- the bankers, their banks, shareholders and, of course, customers. Recognizing the critical importance of training, the Oklahoma Bankers Association offers an extensive lineup of seminars and schools covering almost every area of bank operations. See our events calendar for upcoming education events. We also provide timely Web seminars.

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GSB moves to virtual instruction for first- and second-year students – incoming class has just 15 seats remaining

The 2021 session of the Graduate School of Banking will be held virtually for Freshman and Junior students, marking the first time ever that the prestigious 25-month leadership development program will be presented online. No decision has been made about the Senior class, but an announcement will be made no later than April 9.

Despite the change in delivery, GSB plans to keep to its normal schedule, with courses over full days, August 1-13, and a break over the middle weekend. Students will benefit from professional moderating services and a robust Learning Management System to ensure a quality experience. “We have made significant investments in technology and training to ensure our online delivery is as high quality as our in-person instruction,” said Becky Patterson, GSB’s vice president of education and professional development.

Tuition for first-and second-year students has been reduced for online delivery by more than 20% to $3,095. Scholarship values remain unchanged.

“GSB has been providing quality distance education for decades,” said Kirby Davidson, GSB president and CEO, pointing out the successful delivery of all of GSB’s specialty schools online last fall. “Those schools got top marks from students with good reason. Our faculty are the best in the business, and we’re looking forward to providing a terrific experience for our students, just as we have for more than 75 years,” added Davidson.

Following the cancellation of the 2020 session, demand for the school has been unprecedented – and with just 15 seats remaining, the incoming class is nearly sold out. Bankers interested in beginning this program, which leads to a diploma in bank management from GSB and a Certificate of Executive Leadership from the Wisconsin School of Business Center for Professional and Executive Development, are encouraged to apply soon as space is extremely limited.

The Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin, which is sponsored by state banking associations from across the central United States, as well as the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was established in 1945 to provide bankers with an opportunity for advanced study and research in banking, economics and leadership. In addition to its flagship Graduate School of Banking, GSB offers specialty schools for Human Resource, Technology, Information Security, Sales, Marketing, Digital Banking and Finance leaders in banking—plus online seminars across all areas of bank management.

For further information, call 800-755-6440 or visit

GSBC announces plan for in-person, virtual 70th annual school session

The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) has announced its plan to host its 70th Annual School Session July 18-30, 2021 in person on the University of Colorado Boulder campus while giving students the option to participate in a virtual learning experience in tandem with the two-week school. The school’s plan overview is as follows:

COVID-19 Protocol Will be Strictly Followed
The health and safety of students and faculty is GSBC’s top priority. CU Boulder currently has tighter restrictions than that of the State of Colorado and the Centers for Disease Control. As guests of the university, GSBC will adhere to CU Boulder protocol for all COVID-19 related items, including but not limited to social distancing, mask protocol and required virus testing and monitoring/contact tracing. Those engaging in off-campus activities will be expected to adhere to Boulder County and City of Boulder COVID-19 protocol.

The Classroom/Virtual Student Experience
Due to social distancing requirements, classroom sizes will be much smaller, causing a greater physical footprint on campus. GSBC’s faculty will be expanded to include instructors and facilitators to conduct small group discussions outside of the main lecture, and live-streaming technology will be used to connect multiple small groups in larger classes. A local hotel will be utilized for additional classroom space and will serve as an additional housing option for students who request it.

Virtual attendees will attend sessions live where they can interact with in-person students and instructors in a dynamic group environment. Faculty members are currently undergoing extensive training to prepare course discussions and materials for a hybrid learning environment.

Students have been asked to declare their initial attendance (in-person or virtual) preference and have until June 1 to change their plans without penalty. Additionally, a flexible cancellation policy is in place.

Curriculum Updates
The school’s curriculum has been modified to address the impacts that the pandemic, economic and political environments have made on banking. Specifically, the following issues will be addressed:

  • • Impact on HR practices in a virtual environment
  • • Diversity and inclusion opportunities for community banks
  • • Strategic opportunities arising from PPP lending
  • • Balance sheet management issues and opportunities arising from the low-rate environment
  • • Managing loan modifications and forbearances
  • • Environmental risk management and emergency preparedness
  • • Disaster recovery

“GSBC is committed to helping community banks navigate a new era and wants to adapt as necessary to ensure that a valuable, state-of-the-art educational experience is delivered amid today’s challenges,” stated GSBC President Tim Koch. “We acknowledge the value of in-person education while recognizing risks it poses in the COVID-19 environment. The GSBC staff, board of trustees and faculty are determined to do this effectively and safely.”

For more information or questions regarding the 70th Annual School Session, please contact or visit the school’s website here.

GSB-Madison establishes military scholarship

Bankers eligible for this scholarship must be serving or have served honorably as an active duty, Reserve, or National Guard member of one of the Armed Services of the United States. Bankers who are military spouses or spouses of veterans are also eligible to apply. This scholarship is available in the amount of $1,500 for each year of the student’s attendance (approximately one-third of the annual tuition fees) for a total value of $4,500. Applications are available here:

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Janis Reeser

Janis Reeser, Executive Vice President/Education

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Reeser joined the OBA in 1984 as education secretary and was quickly promoted to Director of Banking Schools. She has been in her current position for over 15 years. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma and devotes much of her time to Junior Achievement. She serves on boards and committees of the Oklahoma Council on Economic Education and the United Way.