On November 27, the Texas Bankers Foundation announced its financial support to Texas State University’s highly anticipated banking program with a $100,000 contribution. The university has appointed James “Jimmy” Allen, a 40-year banker, as the banking program’s director. He will serve as the point person not only in the classroom, but also as a bridge to the local banking community.
“This is an exciting opportunity for central Texas students, and it demonstrates the strength and ongoing commitment of the banking industry to our state and its future,” says Hazel Davis, chair of the Texas Bankers Foundation and vice president at San Antonio-based Jefferson Bank.
As part of the initiative launched this fall, 24 students enrolled in the McCoy College of Business at Texas State University will have the opportunity to earn a banking certificate by completing 12 credit hours of bank-specific courses. In addition, in 2024 the program will introduce additional content to equip students for the ever-evolving role that technology plays in the financial services industry.
Brent Cox, vice president at the Texas Bankers Association, collaborated closely with Jason Qualls, senior vice president at San Antonio-based Frost Bank to lay the groundwork for this venture within the McCoy College of Business at Texas State University.
Pictured above: Members of the Texas Bankers Foundation present a $100,000 check to the banking program at the McCoy College of Business.