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Valarie Ivester of Greater Texas Earns Elite Credentials from Southwest CUNA Management
She Graduated with Honors and Received the Award of Excellence
By: Greater Texas Credit Union
SCMS is an intensive three year leadership course comparable to a master's level program designed to develop C-suite credit union leaders. SCMS is one of four schools in the nation with a proven record of producing top-tier talent for executive-level credit union roles. The school is conducted in partnership with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), Cornerstone League, Cornerstone Foundation, and Texas Christian University (TCU).
Ivester was one of 48 individuals to earn the distinguished Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE) designation and one of seven to graduate with honors. To be selected as an honor graduate she had to complete three comprehensive core assignments with a focus on strategic outcomes for her credit union, illustrate the potential impact of those strategic decisions across operations, and display proficiency in financial management.
Ivester also served as class treasurer and was the fundraising chair. The Class of 2023 raised $7,350 for the Cornerstone Foundation's SCMS Scholarship Fund, "paying it forward" to benefit other students in need of assistance to attend the school.
"This program has been invaluable to helping me improve my knowledge of Greater Texas as a whole, not just my area of responsibility,"
Ivester added, "I am grateful that Greater Texas invested in me by sending me through this program. It is something every credit union should do to strengthen and broaden their employees' knowledge base, which will benefit both the employee and credit union."
Graduation from SCMS is recognized throughout the credit union industry as an honor and mark of accomplishment. The school provides hands-on comprehensive management training designed to develop top tier executive leaders.
The SMCS 50th class commencement was held at TCU in Fort Worth. TCU, along with other school partners, provides instructors and other resources for the program.
About Greater Texas Credit Union
Greater Texas (http://www.gtfcu.org) Credit Union, founded in 1952, is a financial cooperative that emphasizes community stewardship, charitable giving, and employee volunteerism. Together with its subsidiary, Aggieland Credit Union, the credit union offers a wide variety of consumer-oriented banking services to its 80,000 members across the state of Texas.
Kristine Tanzillo, Dux Public Relations