Brannen G. Smith with Farmers and Merchants Bank in Statesboro graduated recently from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.
The three-year program provides courses covering all aspects of banking, economics and related subjects. Students traveled from 22 states and Mexico to participate in this session.
Sponsored by state bankers associations in cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education at LSU, the banking school requires attendance on campus for three years, with extensive bank study assignments between sessions. The faculty consists of bankers, business and professional leaders, and educators from all parts of the United States.
During their three summer sessions at the school, students receive 180 hours of classroom instruction, planned evening study, and final examinations at the end of each session.
FMB President Brett Morgan said, “Brannen Smith is focused on providing the type of customer service that only a community bank can offer. He has expanded his credit and lending experience through this Graduate Banking Program. Having grown up here in Statesboro, Smith is very active in his hometown through civic organizations and we are proud to have him as part of our FMB Lending Team.”
“I truly enjoyed my time at the Graduate School for Banking,” Smith said. “I was able to gain a more in depth knowledge of the banking system that will allow me to continue to grow as a banker and better serve my hometown. The knowledge, contacts and friendships that were made at the school will last a lifetime. I feel more confident in my abilities to continue to assist Farmers & Merchants as we grow and serve Statesboro, Bulloch County and the surrounding area.”