Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking

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8th Annual Texas Bankers Hall of Fame Gala
April 22, 2021

24th Annual James B. Bexley Bank Executives’ & Directors’ Seminar & Golf Tournament
April 23, 2021

The Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking was established in 1997 with a two-fold mission. The primary mission was to educate and prepare students to be bankers and the second to provide educational programs for community bankers.

We believe the program speaks for itself. It is the most tenured accredited degree program offering a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Banking and Financial Institutions. Banks, state, and federal regulatory agencies throughout the state of Texas quickly hire graduates of this program. Additionally, the program places paid interns in banks and regulatory agencies whereby students receive three semester credit hours not to exceed six semester credit hours for total internship credit. Click on the link to the right entitled “BBA Degree in Banking” for more information.

In fall 2005, the banking program accepted the first cohort to the newly established Executive MBA in Banking and Financial Institutions (EMBA). The EMBA is a unique cohort program that offers flexibility to bankers and regulators who have difficulty pursuing a conventional MBA due to scheduling and time constraints. This is a two-year cohort program with a new cohort beginning each fall semester. An annual two-week residency at the main campus is required prior to the start of each fall semester. Outside of these two residencies, students will complete their coursework entirely online. 

All of the banking courses are taught in the high-tech banking room, which has the latest teleconferencing equipment and many other outstanding amenities. (See picture above)

Bankers all over the state are quick to see the value of these unique programs and embrace and support them. Likewise, our two outstanding state banker trade associations have been supportive of the programs.

James B. Bexley

James B. Bexley, Former and Founding Chair
Texas State University System Regents' Professor
Distinguished Professor of Finance
Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking
College of Business Administration
Sam Houston State University


News From The Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking

Dr. Bexley - TBA Lifetime AchievenmentBexley Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The Texas Bankers Association presented its first Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Jim Bexley, chair of the Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking at Sam Houston State University. The award, in recognition of Dr. Bexley’s contributions to the university’s banking program and the industry, was presented at the Texas Bankers Hall of Fame Gala on April 21, 2016. Dr. Bexley was also recognized at TBA’s Annual Convention in May 2016 held in Grapevine.

TBA $250K Donation - PhotoTexas Bankers Association Awards Matching Endowment at Texas Bankers Hall of Fame Gala

Texas Bankers Association presents a $250,000 check for a matching endowment for the Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking at the College of Business Administration at Sam Houston State University. The award was presented at the Texas Bankers Hall of Fame Gala on April 21, 2016. The presentation included, left to right, TBA President Eric Sandberg; Dr. James B. Bexley, Chair, Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking; TBA Member Relations Officer Donny Palmer; Dr. Dana Hoyt, President; TBA Treasurer Jay Dreibelbis; Frank Holmes, Vice President, University Advancement; and Dr. Mitchell Muehsam, Dean, College of Business Administration.