Sankey graduates from Alabama Banking School

Published 10:51 am Thursday, August 13, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Charlie Sankey Jr. of Hayneville’s First Citzens Bank was one of 52 students from across the state that graduated from the Alabama Banking School on July 24.

Held at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, this year’s graduating class was the 38th since the school first began in 1976.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill served as this year’s commencement speaker.

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Alabama Banking School Director Shawn Gillis awarded diplomas to the graduates.

Gillis is a first vice president at CenterState Bank in Birmingham.

Sponsored by the Alabama Bankers Association, the school is administered by a 26-member faculty comprised of bankers and industry professionals.

Faculty members are dedicated to teaching the latest trends and best practices to help students become more knowledgeable bank employees.

The school’s staff consists of former graduates who are active bankers in the state of Alabama.

Students attended three week-long sessions during a two-year period to complete the program.

At the conclusion of each session, students must successfully complete two final exams. While not in session, students are required to complete extensive home study problems.

During the third and final session, students form teams and participate in a bank simulation program called BankExec.

This program allows students to make strategic decisions for a virtual bank to give a more complete picture of how these decisions affect bank performance.

Congratulations to Charlie Sankey Jr. from First Citizens Bank for being a member of the 2015 class of the Alabama Banking School.