Bank School Class of 2024

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Bank School Class Schedule, Course Descriptions & Lunch Menu

All 2nd year classes will be held at the Darden School of Business at University of Virginia. Please note that for the first year students, classes will take place in the Abbott Auditorium at Darden from Monday-Friday.

technology, payments & cybersecurity

Technology now touches every aspect of banking. To lead a bank effectively and confidently into the future, it is critical that one can leverage and manage technology in a rapidly changing environment, separating hype from reality and aligning the bank’s technology plans with its strategic goals. This class will help students learn the strategic application of technology in a banking environment, how the payments system is evolving, and the importance of risk management and cybersecurity, in specific banking areas and enterprise-wide.

performance management

Being regarded as a good manager can take you a long way in any organization. Conversely, being viewed as a weak manager can be somewhat limiting to a career. This course will provide the practical tools and methods needed to effectively lead and supervise others to maximum performance.

bank financial management ii

The Bank Financial Management II course will build off the basics you learned in Bank Financial Management I and will cover how to understand balance sheet management, how interest rate risk can impact a bank, and the regulatory requirements for managing interest rate risk. The course will also provide a primer on managing the financial components of a bank using the BankExec simulation.

effective negotiations

This course equips bankers with a practical process to use in influencing others and negotiating agreements, both inside and outside the bank. Students will use examples from their own banks in identifying interests, developing workable options and conducting real life negotiations.

credit portfolio management

This course will explore the function and impact of key risk management controls necessary to support commercial lending and credit risk management activities of commercial banks. Topics will include the historical causes of bank failures, the credit related risks assumed by commercial banks, and the function of key risk controls relative to asset quality and bank profitability. Approaches and techniques to examine the key risk management controls will be explored with specific focus on managing the loan portfolio and the commercial loan decisioning process.

Convocation Recording & PowerPoint

Convocation PowerPoint

To Access the Zoom Recording, click here.

Passcode: 5?*5=.TR

Second Year Class Materials

All PDF presentations below are password protected.  The password for each of the presentations is BankSchool2024 (case sensitive/no spaces).


Feel free to download and save as many copies of the below template for note taking purposes in your classes.

Technology, Payments & Cybersecurity

Performance Management

Effective Negotiations

Bank Financial Management II

Credit Portfolio Management

Home Study Problems

Along with attendance at all classes during the Bank School summer session, completion of eight home study problems (4 after the first year and 4 after the second year) with a passing grade is required to graduate from the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management.

  • Bank Financial Management (Schwartz): October 2, 2023
  • Credit Portfolio Management (Higgins):  November 1, 2023
  • Technology in Banking (Sawyers): February 1, 2024
  • Effective Negotiation (Coughlan): March 1, 2024


It is very important that you submit your home study assignments correctly as some instructors will deduct points for formatting.  Please be sure to read the instructors directions carefully and if instructions aren’t included follow the outline on the Bank School Home Study Instruction Sheet & Bank School Honor Code.


The Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of honesty and integrity in the classroom, outside of the classroom and on the home study problems.   Home Study problems are individual assignments meaning you are to work on the assignment ALONE and are not to discuss the questions, potential answers, strategy, research or data resources with another Bank School student.  Also, please do not send your completed paper to another student as an example. Any evidence of shared work will be considered an honor code violation. 

The honor code is:

On my honor, I pledge that I have neither given nor received assistance on this assignment and that all work is my own.*

Violations of the Honor Code include:

  • Plagiarism-An act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author.
  • Cheating-Receiving, giving and attempting to receive or give unauthorized assistance, such as materials, information, notes or sources, on home study problems.

You may seek assistance from a subject matter expert in your bank as part of your research BEFORE you start to write your papers.  The subject matter expert cannot be another Bank School student. 


Submit your home study problems by sending to: The file should be saved as a PDF and titled with: Last Name, First Initial – Instructor’s Last Name (ex. Reid, K – Higgins).

Home Study Evaluation: After sending your assignment please complete the home study survey so we can provide feedback to the instructor.  You can submit the home study evaluation here.

Home Study Assignments & Pre-Assignment Zoom Recordings

October 2, 2023: Bank Financial Management II (Schwartz)

November 1, 2023: Credit Portfolio Management (Higgins)

February 1, 2024: Technology, Payments & Cybersecurity (Sawyers)

March 1, 2024: Effective Negotiations (Coughlan)

Bank School Pyramid

The Bank School Pyramid shows students the progression for each year’s class.  The first year classes set the Foundation of a student’s Bank School experience and will provide the base knowledge needed to be successful the following two years.

In year two, students embark on more exploration of different areas of the Bank and gain a better understanding how the different function areas work together.

In year three, students move towards applying what they have learned during years one and two during the BankExec simulation and also participate in classes focused on current thought leadership topics.

Bank School Newsletters 

Prior to the Start of School:

Week of Bank School:

Class Officer Contact Information

Danielle Atwood -
Carter Bank & Trust

Vice President
Julie Lineberry -

Chris Biby -
United Bank

Jennifer Grant -

VBA Staff Contact Information

Class Liaisons
Bank School Management & Oversight