About SCMS

Southwest CUNA Management School (SCMS) is recognized in the credit union movement for innovative, intense, hands-on, professional development.

  • 3-year course study focused on enhancing credit union leadership skills.
  • The first year class is limited to 50 students, providing one of the most challenging and engaging curriculums for credit union professionals.
  • Extensive curriculum built around proven techniques and new trends.
  • Students benefit from a strategic mix of university/college faculty, credit union industry leaders, and recognized professional consultants.

Students develop a real-world strategic business plan for their own credit unions.

Southwest CUNA Management School is one of the preferred sources of development for credit union executives and professionals.

Educate, develop, and enhance the leadership potential and skills of credit union executives and professionals.

Providing quality education and development for credit union leaders, present and future.

School Focus

  • Advocacy
  • Asset Liability Management (ALM)
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Strategic Planning/Thinking


  • Year 2 (complete Year 1 and student project sections as assigned)
  • Year 3 (complete Years 1 & 2, as well as approval of student project)

Shaping Leaders
SCMS alumni hold leadership positions at their credit union, in their local chapters, and with community based organizations. They also serve as league directors and more, throughout the credit union movement.

Alumni by Job Level

Stands the Test of Time...

  • In 2004, SCMS celebrated the first alumnus opting to complete the school for a second time to refresh her skills - 20 years after completing the school the first time. Sandy Smith, CEO of Texas FCU, earned the respect of her classmates and peers - representing her class as their president and graduating with honors.
  • SCMS has celebrated numerous second generation graduates.
  • First class held in 1966 as a six year program at the University of Houston.

Broadens Perspectives - 1997 Marked Two Firsts...

  • Our first credit union board member, Dennis Longbotham with Advancial FCU, graduated in 1997 with honors. He also lead his class as their president.
  • Graduating our first regulator, Terry Slagle with the Oklahoma State Banking Department.
TCU Neeley School of Business

Thank You 2019 Sponsors

Academic Fellow

CUNA Mutual GroupCredit Union Resources, Inc.Catalyst Corporate FCU

Academic Patron

Cornerstone Credit Union League

Educational Sponsor

Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation

Friends of SCMS

American Airlines FCU
Arkansas FCU
Blalack & Williams, PC
Bossier FCU
Callahan & Associates, Inc.
Credit Union of America
CU Direct

DiverCity Solutions
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
InTouch CU
JRF Consulting Services, LLC
Las Colinas FCU
Neighbors FCU
On the Mark Strategies

Red Crown FCU
Sievewright & Associates
South Carolina FCU
Southwest Louisiana CU
Tarrant County's CU
Tinker FCU
Vantage West CU