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Did you know that Stonier is the nation’s original graduate school? Founded by Dr. Harold Stonier, the school has been setting the bar in executive education since 1935.  Today, students learn from more than 100 faculty members and capstone advisors. This rich history and body of leadership add up to the most prestigious education program in the banking industry.

About Dr. Harold Stonier

Dr. Harold Stonier was a renowned educator and ABA executive widely respected for his innovation and leadership. He helped create the first ABA graduate-level school of banking in 1935 at a time when our country was coming out of the worst economic downturn in its history. Much like today, there was a critical need to ready attendees for the changes that lay ahead by providing the management and stewardship skills needed for success.

When the ABA merged with America’s Community Bankers (ACB) in 2007 each organization had its own highly respected graduate-level program. The schools were combined and evolved into today’s ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Dear Hal

A retrospective of Dr. Harold Stonier's contribution to banking through the creation of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

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Celebrating Over 85 Years of Excellence

As our industry is being reshaped by market forces, we have reshaped our curriculum to address today’s industry needs under the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking. The Stonier name reflects the innovation and leadership Dr. Harold Stonier brought to our industry during a similar period of rapid change.

The Stonier Advantage

It Begins with You

At Stonier you’ll be surrounded by the industry’s finest – a diverse body of rising stars who will inspire you to be your best. Get ready to make professional connections and friendships that will last throughout your career. Stonier’s students represent a cross section across gender, job title and nature of institution.  To date, Stonier has educated more than 20,000 professionals.  Most are vice presidents or senior vice presidents; one in five is an executive vice president, chairman or CEO.  Attendees are from community and regional banks, money center banks and international financial institutions (last year’s class attracted students from 8 countries).  Roughly 17 percent regulatory agencies.  And behind those statistics are smart, ambitious executives on track to become the industry’s future leaders.

Diverse Student Base

Stonier provides the opportunity to collaborate with other professionals from across the country and around the world. Attendees represent a cross-section of firms that span community, regional, national and international banks as well as regulators. In addition, the school draws students from many different functional areas such as finance, commercial and mortgage lending, retail, marketing, operations, risk and compliance and strategic planning.

Stonier students include senior-level management, financial analysts, bank examiners, bank directors, and more. All attendees are committed to taking their skills to the next level to advance their organization and their career.

Skills to Compete

The program at Stonier is designed to enhance your ability to address the broad set of issues you will face as a bank or financial industry executive working in a competitive and ever-changing marketplace. A well-crafted curriculum helps to prepare you for real-life situations within your own organization as you look to scope, implement, and manage different initiatives.

Unparalleled Learning Experience

Stonier has provided executive education to more than 20,000 senior-level bankers and regulators, including some of the most respected banking executives in the U.S. The program emphasizes strategic planning, financial management, and leadership and provides a wide range of over 40 elective courses to enable you to meet your developmental goals in a highly-personalized fashion. In addition, through a Capstone Strategic Project, you have a unique opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained at Stonier to a major initiative within your own organization.

Partnering with the Wharton School

The Wharton School is world-renowned for its academic strengths and is regularly ranked among the best executive MBA program in the U.S. As a partner with Stonier, this world-class institution delivers outstanding leadership courses that will help participants not just survive, but thrive, in a world of change and uncertainty. The courses are seamlessly integrated with the rest of the Stonier program and graduates receive both a Stonier Diploma and a Wharton Leadership Certificate.

Cutting-edge Approach to Learning

The faculty of the school includes many of the most important thinkers, practitioners, and experts in the financial services industry as well as celebrated professors from the Wharton School who teach Stonier’s critical leadership modules. You will be exposed to highly-interactive classroom settings, and a range of formal and informal forums to discuss and debate problems and solutions with faculty and fellow students.

Affiliated with ABA

ABA supports Stonier with in-depth expertise and unmatched resources to help enhance your overall learning experience. As the largest association of its kind in the U.S., ABA is the voice for the banking industry and its employees. Representing banks of all sizes and charters, its perspective on emerging issues and regulations helps shape the school’s direction and areas of focus.

 

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