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On June 8th commencement was held for Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business Southwest Graduate School of Banking (SWGSB). Greg Wilson, Vice President of Lamar National Bank in Paris was named Salutatorian and Graduation with Distinction of the 55th Graduate Banking class.
“Mr. Wilson is a 2013 and 2014 recipient of the James B. Gardner / Commerce Street Capital award for academic excellence. This year both of his papers earned perfect marks. In addition, he scored in the top 1% on all examinations,” remarked Scott MacDonald, President of SWGSB.
SWGSB ranks among the most prestigious banking schools in the nation. Its faculty are drawn from the country’s top banking experts, bank regulators, consultants, economists, loan and commercial lending authorities, insurers, bankers, and banking law authorities. Its participants hail from the nation’s most efficiently run banks, regulatory agencies and bank-affiliated organizations.
The James B. Gardner/Commerce Street Capital award was given to Wilson the previous evening at the annual SWGSB awards banquet, presented by C.K. Lee, Managing Director at Commerce Street Capital. The award is SWGSB’s most esteemed award given to the two highest ranking students in each class. The award is named for James B. Gardner who passed away in 2013. Mr. Gardner was Chairman Emeritus of Commerce Street Capital, graduate of the 6th Graduate Banking class, and Professor at SWGSB for 13 years.
“I am honored that Lamar National Bank has allowed me the opportunity to attend SWGSB. The education that I have received from industry leaders about the challenges in banking ahead and observing the best practices of high performance banks will help Lamar National Bank in our quest to provide the best customer experience,” said Wilson.