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N.C. Banker’s Association Names Davis Dean of Their Banking School

120704davis_dl.jpgBOONE—Harry M. Davis of Boone has been named dean of the North Carolina Bankers Association’s North Carolina Banking School, a position he will hold in addition to his teaching role at Appalachian State University. The school, which convenes for a week each summer, provides training to bankers from across the state.

Davis is a professor of finance in Appalachian’s Walker College of Business and the economist for the NCBA.

Davis has made recommendations concerning curriculum and instructors associated with the banking school for some 10 years in the position formerly known as the advanced management program administrator and curriculum advisor.

The N.C. Bankers Association operates the oldest banking school in the United States. Students attending the school include bankers as well as individuals who work for regulatory agencies, such as banks or the Federal Reserve, Davis said.

“They receive instruction in a host of areas from the best instructors in the country,” Davis said. “The school is particularly valuable to small and intermediate-size banks.” Davis said in addition to classroom instruction, participants develop networks that serve them throughout their professional careers.

Participants attend one-week sessions, held on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, for four summers. They attend classes on leadership and how to develop management skills, asset liability management, marketing, lending, investments, accounting and finance. They must have three years experience to participate in the program. Participants also are identified by their employers as individuals expected to progress to upper management positions.

“The bank clearly gains an employee who has a better understanding of how and why particular banking decisions are made,” Davis said. “They gain people trained to make the right type of decisions and employees who have contacts within the industry that can pay off in numerous ways in the future.”

Last year’s class had 175 participants.