Spring 2001
Vol 18 No. 1

Making Samford a Better Place

An Exceptional Gift

Working for the Common Good

New Business Leadership

Opening the Free Market

Trucking with Computers

Other Stories
Bellas Created 'Climate of Achievement' in Samford School of Business

Community Banking Stresses New Technology, Personal Touch

Faculty Compendium

Early Greek Influence on Jordan Strikes Jan Term Class Members

A Cappella Choir Invited to Sing in Russia

Wind Ensemble Performs at MENC Conference

Samford Students Out-Perform Peers in 'Engagement' with Learning: NSSE

Student Accolades

Samford History Prof's Book on King Jail Letter Examines Complexities of '60s Racial Scene

Humphreys Writes on Baptists and Calvinism

Book Edited by George, Smith Examines Racial Reconciliation

George Authors Doctrine Study

Tillette's Team Makes It Interesting During Seventh Straight Winner

Pharmacies Could Hold a Key to Effective Disaster Response

Cochran and Moore Write the Samford Record Book

Baseball Alumni: Send Your Name

Kenny Morgan Scholarship Winners



Community Banking Stresses New Technology, Personal Touch

Hard-won community ties are perhaps the greatest competitive advantage of community banks. Their small size and low staff turnover foster a family atmosphere that binds them to those they serve in a way that larger, more impersonal chain banks can't match. But low staff turnover rates can also restrict innovation by isolating an institution from the latest information and techniques of the broader banking world.

Since 1993, the Community Banking School [CBS] at Samford University has offered an educational program that helps community banking professionals understand and apply innovation without compromising their mission of personal local service.

"We reveal cutting-edge technology and introduce them to state-of-the-art banking," said school director and Samford business professor John Venable. "Yet we never want to detract from their advantage."

The program is a joint effort of Community Bankers Association of Alabama, the Samford School of Business and the John Will Gay Endowment Fund.

The program has thrived at Samford. Each class has up to 45 banking professionals seeking practical, custom-designed education. The business school welcomed its seventh CBS class in March. They will attend intensive three-day sessions at Samford every six months for two years. Then they attend three sessions of four-day duration in the last year. Along the way, they will take home new ideas and inspiration, and upon graduation, certificates in community banking.

Venable said CBS graduates give the program rave reviews, especially for its hands-on, practical curriculum and for introducing students to a statewide professional network.

Dan M. David, chairman of First American Bank of Decatur who has sent 12 employees to CBS, is convinced of its value. "Community banks owe Samford a debt of gratitude for its substantial contribution to this program," said David.