The Southeast Regional Credit Union Schools (SRCUS) and the Tennessee Credit Union League are pleased to announce two credit union executives from Tennessee graduate from 2022 Southeast CUNA Management School. Shari King, operations director at Shelby County Federal Credit Union, in Memphis, Tenn., and Katie Van Petten, Halls and North Knoxville senior branch manager at Enrichment Federal Credit Union in Oak Ridge, Tenn., recently graduated from the 2022 Southeast CUNA Management School.
Graduation from Southeast CUNA Management School is recognized throughout the credit union industry as a prestigious mark of achievement. King and Van Petten were among 34 distinguished credit union executives who graduated on June 17 from the Southeast CUNA Management School after successful completion of the three-year program on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.
“I strongly recommend the three-year comprehensive SRCUS training courses to all eligible participants,” said King who has worked in the credit union industry for seven years. “The knowledge and network of peers gained are invaluable and were immediately executable in my role as operations director. I am a fan of the instructors and the curriculum!”
Over the course of this three-year program, the participants received advanced academic instruction on a variety of topics, including management, leadership and financial analysis. Successful completion of the program also required that they apply the knowledge they gained from the on-site sessions to projects that required strategic analysis of the credit union and research of relevant issues facing the credit union industry. They participated in a group research project and developed a whitepaper, and also participated in a group presentation on their topic, sharing the insights their team learned with peers.
“The relationships made with your classmates are so valuable,” said Ven Petten, who has worked in the credit union industry for 16 years. “Always choose in-person if given the option, the experience is so much better vs. virtual.”
Since 1970, Southeast CUNA Management School has equipped graduates with the skills and knowledge to meet the leadership challenges that arise in the credit union industry. The curriculum develops students’ operational, managerial and leadership abilities as they receive advanced academic instruction on a variety of topics including management, leadership, and financial analysis. Students also apply the knowledge gained from the on-site sessions to projects that require strategic analysis of their respective credit unions and research of relevant issues facing the credit union industry.