What is Western CUNA Management School?

The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation’s Executive Leadership Program was created for the future leaders of the Credit Union Movement. The program is a complete five-year curriculum built to develop leaders specifically for the credit union industry. The program is organized into four areas, or Quadrants.

Quadrant 3 is all about learning the ins and outs of Credit Union operations through Western CUNA Management School.


In quadrant 3 of the Executive Leadership Program, candidates are asked to commit to undertake and successfully complete the 3-year program offered through CUNA Western Management School. The reason for this is straightforward: Understanding the complex, detailed dynamics of Credit Union operations and effective Credit Union management is fundamental for all senior Credit Union leaders.  Those who have prepared will succeed in the increasingly competitive financial services industry. Those who haven’t, run the risk of being left behind.

The school is designed for managers and upper-level operational staff who have set credit union management as their career goal and understand the need to keep abreast of developments in our industry. The wide variety of subjects covered gives students the breadth of background required to be valuable, well-rounded members of management well equipped to meet the challenges of the future. Subjects include, Strategic Planning, Operations, Finance, Marketing, Lending, Human Resources, Technology, Business Development, Economics, Business Law, Communications, Leadership, and much more.

This highly concentrated academic training is delivered over three yearly 2-week terms specially designed for future leaders who have set credit union management as their career goal. During the first summer, the program focuses on modern management practices and principles.  Each class is designed so that the curriculum directly relates to the student’s own credit union. In the second summer, students undertake an in-depth study of the functional and operational aspects of credit unions, especially their role in the financial marketplace. During the third and final year, the curriculum leads students through a computer simulation of a credit union’s finances to help them plan for the future of their own credit union.

In addition to receiving solid academic training and practical background, students at Western CUNA Management School establish strong professional networks throughout the credit union movement that benefit both themselves and their credit unions.

Graduates who have developed their skills and knowledge at the school have moved into positions of responsibility and leadership at some of the nation’s leading credit unions. Many of them also hold key positions in chapters, leagues, CUNA, and credit union professional societies.

If you or someone you know is ready to move their career to the next level, we encourage you to find out more about the Executive Leadership Program and how you can apply at mwcua.com/felp.

About Dan Finerty

Dan Finerty is the Director of Marketing at the Mountain West Credit Union Association, a Credit Union champion, a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE), and an award-winning marketer. Dan has over 14 years of marketing experience in communications, retail, packaged goods, and, of course, Credit Unions. He believes that Credit Unions have an incredible story to tell and works with some of the brightest Credit Union professionals to help promote Credit Unions to the public. Dan holds two Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing and in Management. He is also a swell guy.


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