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Dear School of Banking Participants:

It is with regret that I announce the cancellation of the 2020 session of the Texas Tech School of Banking. As we move closer to the start of the school, it remains difficult to know exactly what health protocols we might face in August. Because the school takes place on the Texas Tech campus, we would, understandably, be required to follow the same policies put in place for the safe return of students, faculty and staff. At a minimum, this would likely include “social distancing,” and could include even more measures. With group work, interaction with speakers, and networking opportunities being such important aspects of the school, we believe the imposition of health protocols could significantly lessen the face-to-face experience that participants care so much about. Therefore, we are rescheduling to August 8 – 13, 2021.

If you have already registered and paid for the 2020 school, you will soon be receiving an email from us on how we'll be handling your payment.

Thank you for your support of the Texas Tech School of Banking.

Jeff Mercer, Director
Texas Tech School of Banking

Welcome from the Director

"Since 1973, the Texas Tech School of Banking has successfully partnered with hundreds of community banks to bring together bankers seeking to advance their careers as current or future members of their management and leadership teams. The concentrated week-long programs are delivered by seasoned experts in their fields, and specifically designed to provide a greater understanding of all aspects of community bank management today and in the future. Our goal is to help participants grow professionally and become tomorrow's banking leaders.From accounting, to leadership, to technology, year one participants learn through interactive lectures and team activities. Speakers and lecturers are practice-oriented as well as thought provoking, helping bankers "take it back to the bank." Additionally, each participant is provided his or her bank's financial information and learns where to find the numbers, how to interpret the numbers, and how to analyze their bank's financial situation compared to peers.

Through a nationally-recognized bank management simulator, year two participants work in teams to build and manage a thriving virtual community bank. Participants apply tools learned in year one, plus advanced material and topics covered in year two, to put knowledge into practice in a team competition. This extraordinary experience allows participants to manage a virtual bank and test multiple strategic decisions to explore how best outcomes are achieved in real banks. Year two is designed to help bankers see and manage all aspects of the bank, not just their silo . . . exactly what managers and executives say they depend on.

Throughout the challenging and collegial week, participants will enjoy the state-of-the-art Rawls College of Business building, as well as the beautiful Overton Hotel & Conference Center. Breakfast and lunch are provided daily, and evenings include social activities, cocktail receptions, plus dinners on three nights. Knowing that an important part of the week is having time to network with other participants and invited executives, we provide for refreshment breaks during the day.

We are proud of the Texas Tech School of Banking's legacy of educating today's and tomorrow's banking leaders. We encourage you to explore the school and see why thousands of bankers across several decades have enhanced their careers by attending and graduating from the Texas Tech School of Banking!"

Jeff Mercer, Ph.D.
Director, Texas Tech School of Banking