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Texas Southern University Introduces New Business Curriculum Through Banking Partnerships

HOUSTON – The Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern
University has created a new academic program that gives students direct exposure to commercial banking. The Future Bankers Leadership Program (FDLP) introduces TSU business students to the industry through a formal curriculum, interaction with executives and industry mentors, and commercial banking internships. The program will start in the Fall 2021 semester. FDLP is an endowed program in partnership with the Texas Bankers Association, Risk Management Association (RMA) – a Credit Essentials Certificate program, and local and national bankers. The commercial banking concentration will be at the undergraduate
level, offering foundational knowledge and the critical skills necessary for students looking to enter the financial services sector. Plans to expand the program will include classes in financial technology, banking compliance and governance, a certificate program, and an initiative that will encourage students majoring in other disciplines to develop banking industry interests. “What a wonderful collaboration between the Texas Bankers Association, its foundation and others involved in the program,” said Dr. Kendall Harris, TSU’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and Research. “We are grateful for partnerships that advance the university and the curriculum used to prepare our students for business careers.”
Allegiance Bank senior executives John Scroggins, Sr. and George Martinez have led the effort to launch and sustain the program at Texas Southern. Scroggins is senior vice president at Allegiance Bank and a TSU alumnus who also is a member of the Business Advisory Council for the JHJ School of Business. Martinez is vice chair of Allegiance Bank. “This program is important to provide a pipeline of future bankers needed to grow and
impact our industry by educating the next generation of community bank leaders. Plus, it is foundational to support the local business community,” Scroggins said. The curriculum was created by Dr. David Yen, dean of the JHJ School of Business, and Dr. Zahid Iqbal, JHJSB associate dean and finance faculty member.

“This program ignites our curriculum, expands internship opportunities and contributes to the human capital needs of our financial services community,” Dr. Yen said. For more information about the program or to offer support through an endowment, contact the JHJ School of Business via e-mail to Muriel Funches, executive director of Advancement at JHJSB, at Muriel.funches@tsu.edu.