Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-10-20

Samford University's Community Banking School (CBS) graduated 19 bankers from 14 Alabama counties Thursday, Oct. 20. The graduates have completed two years of courses sponsored by the Samford School of Business and the Community Bankers Association of Alabama.

John Harrison, superintendent, Alabama State Banking Department, spoke at a graduation ceremony and luncheon.

CBS offers management education to Alabama bankers. Classes provide intensive study of all aspects of community banking, including customer service and bank operations, loans and regulations, and bank management. Samford business professor John Venable is director.

This fall's graduates are: Heath Blevins, North Jackson Bank, Stevenson; Brooke G. Brooks, Small Town Bank, Wedowee; Amy Butler, Merchants Bank, Cullman; Julie Carroll, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Piedmont; Leigha M. Cauthen, Community Bankers Association of Alabama, Montgomery; Rhonda Garrett, First Metro Bank, Russellville; Mary Hull, Citizens Bank of Winfield; Jeanene Keith, First State Bank, Ashland; Jacki S. Langley, Small Town Bank, Ranburne; Shannon G. Lollar, Traders & Farmers Bank, Haleyville; Tanya McCarthy, First Metro Bank, Muscle Shoals; Andrew McCay, Traders & Farmers Bank, Haleyville; Russell A. Mitchell, First American Bank, Athens; Norma Nolen, Covington County Bank, Andalusia; Sandy Parker, Merchants Bank, Cullman; Cheryl Calhoun Reed, AmeriFirst Bank, Montgomery; Charles M. Seale, The Citizens Bank, Greensboro; Angie Thornburg, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Jacksonville; and Deborah Young, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Piedmont.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.