The SW Graduate School of Banking Foundation is the first name in banking education.
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The SW Graduate School of Banking Foundation is the first name in banking education, bank management training and bank director training programs. Thousands of financial services professionals have attended its banking management programs since its founding in 1957. Its banking industry participants fill the senior ranks of financial institutions, bank regulatory agencies, and bank-affiliated organizations throughout North America and abroad. Partnered with Southern Methodist University's renowned Edwin L. Cox School of Business, the Foundation offers bank management education at the corporate level. Unlike its peers, it conducts bank educational programs year round. The senior staff has over 50 years of experience designing, marketing, and orchestrating national seminars for the banking and financial services industry.

Core Values


Building internal and external relationships which are transparent and sincere.


Valuing all team members for their professional abilities, personal qualities, and commitment to our mission.


Leveraging all stakeholders to generate world class curriculum and deliver on all academic goals on behalf of our banking industry clients.


Holding each other responsible for our actions, behaviors, and outcomes.


Displaying consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values.


Creating a smart future for bankers and bank directors in areas of strategy, governance, technology and financial performance.

Programs for Bank Officers & Regulators

For bank officers, government regulators and those affiliated with the banking industry, the SW Graduate School of Banking Foundation conducts the nation's premier banking education and training programs. Each banking program the Graduate School of Banking offers addresses specific bank educational needs and requirements – for nearly all bank management levels, including bank loan officers, commercial lenders, bank compliance officers, bank marketing officers, and bank operations managers. These bank management programs are also designed with these positions in mind: bank regulators, auditors and other bank-affiliated positions.

SW Graduate School of Banking Foundation is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site:

Programs for Bank Directors and Senior Officers

From new bank regulations to bank D&O insurance provisions, the banking industry's latest challenges have made bank director education programs essential. Our bank director programs keep bank boards and their senior officers attuned to the financial marketplace, including outstanding bank director resources such as the Federal Reserve System's "Bank Directors Desktop" ( and "Resources for Bank Officers & Directors" at the FDIC (

Strategic planning, risk management, corporate governance, enhancing shareholder value, and many other important topics are covered by the SW Graduate School of Banking Foundation's bank director programs. Led by top banking experts, the following bank programs offer an exceptional learning experience for senior officers as well as inside and outside bank directors:

History of the Foundation

The present SWGSB Foundation evolved from an organization established in 1960, to perpetuate the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking (SWGSB), which was founded in 1957, by a group of Dallas banking leaders and top Southern Methodist University (SMU) officials. SWGSB was headed by Professor Richard B. Johnson for its first 23 years.

Richard Johnson
Richard B. Johnson

He, together with some of the industry's foremost executives and SMU's leadership, guided the program and established a board of trustees to formally oversee its governance. An excellent innovator and administrator, Dr. Johnson added other programs as well as publications to meet the educational needs of a dynamic financial marketplace.

In 1968, he oversaw the design and implementation of the Assemblies for Bank Directors. This program was devoted to the development of bank directors' understanding of their responsibilities and opportunities as board members. It gained national recognition and, in subsequent years, was widely emulated.

Under its present leadership, the Foundation continues to grow its product lines and oversees the SWGSB, the ABA Commercial Lending Schools, the Assemblies for Bank Directors, the Workshops for Bank Directors, and several key financial services industry partnerships.

SMU, SWGSB and SWGSB Foundation do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability.