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Southeast CUNA Management School graduates 7 from the Carolinas

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2019 SE CUNA Mgmt School Graduating Class

Athens, Ga. – The Southeast Regional Credit Union Schools (SRCUS) is pleased to announce that 36 distinguished credit union employees, including seven from the Carolinas, graduated this June from Southeast CUNA Management School after successful completion of the three-year program held at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.

Graduation from Southeast CUNA Management School is recognized throughout the credit union industry as a prestigious mark of achievement. Upon successful completion of the program, students received a graduation diploma issued in conjunction with the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

Among the 2019 graduating class are the following credit union professionals from North and South Carolina:


Chip Bailey, Class President, Coastal Credit Union
Kimberly Conard, Marine Federal Credit Union
Napoleon Richardson, Allegacy Federal Credit Union
Matt Sorrells, United Federal Credit Union
Lesley Vaughan, Coastal Credit Union


Leonard Brockington, Dixies Federal Credit Union
Stephanie Riley, Palmetto Health Credit Union

“On behalf of the school’s faculty and staff, I want to congratulate all of our graduates again for a job well done,” said Lauren DeAngelis, SVP of Professional Development for the Carolinas Credit Union League and SRCUS Advisory Committee Chair. “It’s no small feat to commit to this program and complete the year-to-year projects. Those who make it this far exhibit a true commitment to their professional development and desire to make a difference at their respective credit unions.”

Awards & Recognition
Coastal CU Chip Bailey (center) accepts Hugh Watson Award
Coastal CU's Chip Bailey (center) receives the Hugh Watson Award from Hugh Watson (left) and Southeast CUNA Management School Academic Advisor Dr. Craig Piercy (right).

The graduation ceremony also included the announcements for the 2019 SRCUS Awards. Congratulations to the following 3rd year students from the Carolinas who received Certificates of Excellence for their team whitepapers:

  • Chip Bailey and Lesley Vaughan for their group’s whitepaper on Loyalty Has Its Rewards; and
  • Napoleon Richardson and his group’s whitepaper on Workplace Violence.

Bailey, the class president, also received the Hugh Watson Award. This prestigious, peer-nominated award is presented to a 3rd year student based on their demonstration of leadership, excellence and the ideals of the Southeast CUNA Management School – the very characteristics demonstrated by retired SRCUS Professor Hugh Watson over the course of his 43-year tenure.

People Helping People

In addition to a rigorous academic curriculum, Southeast CUNA Management School provides students the opportunity to develop their leadership capabilities and better understand the credit union philosophy so that they can contribute to the success of their credit unions and to the movement as a whole. The Class of 2019 also participated in a volunteer outreach effort with the Boys and Girls Club of Athens, providing school supplies for students, and then spending an afternoon decorating and assembling 125 supply bags. Additionally, the class donated 125 BRAVE bears to a local foster care agency where they will be distributed to children who are placed in foster care.

Registration for 2020 Southeast CUNA Management School will open early next year, with 93 current students expected to return. 2020 also marks the 50th Anniversary of the program.

“In 2020, the school will celebrate 50 years of advancing credit union employees in the Southeast and beyond,” added DeAngelis. “We look forward to recognizing this milestone and to continue the advancement of our students in the years ahead.”



About Southeast CUNA Management School

Since 1970, the SRCUS Southeast CUNA Management School has equipped graduates with the skills and knowledge to meet the leadership challenges that arise in the credit union industry. The curriculum develops students’ operational, managerial and leadership abilities as they receive advanced academic instruction on a variety of topics including management, leadership, and financial analysis. Students also apply the knowledge gained from the on-site sessions to projects that require strategic analysis of their credit unions and research of relevant issues facing the credit union industry. For more information on the Southeast CUNA Management School, visit

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