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Congratulations to our Banking School Graduates

Published on May 16, 2023

Congratulations to our Banking School Graduates

Queensborough employees have graduated from the Georgia Banking School. The graduation ceremony took place May 5 at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel in Athens, Ga. Queensborough President and CEO, Bill Easterlin, and Chief Human Resource Officer, Sheryl Reed, were in attendance.


  • Clare Easterlin, SPHR, SHRM-CP, who serves as the bank’s Assistant Vice President, Human Resources Operations Director, graduated as the Graduate of Distinction, the highest honor reserved for the class’s top graduate.


  • Beth James, MBA, who leads the bank’s marketing efforts as Vice President, Marketing Director, graduated as an Honor Graduate, ranking in the top 10% of the class.


  • Leigh Jordan, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager in the Sandersville market. Jordan also received recognition for her award-winning work on the bank simulation exercise.


  • Henry Leverett, Vice President and At Work Banking & Financial Literacy Program Manager also graduated in the class.


Established in 1961, the Georgia Banking School is a three-year specialized school run by the Georgia Bankers Association. The purpose of the school is to prepare bank managers to effectively and profitably serve their hometowns by developing a thorough understanding of banking practices, regulations and management principles.


During the course of the three-year program, graduates complete an annual one-week residence session at the University of Georgia in Athens as well as home study problems between sessions. The school provides a well-balanced curriculum featuring UGA faculty members, veteran bankers and other industry experts and specialists.


 “The Georgia Banking School is a great resource for developing the future of our state’s industry leaders,” says Bill Easterlin, Queensborough President and CEO. “I am very proud of our 2023 graduates and I look forward to seeing them continue to grow in their professional careers.”


Thirty-nine Georgia bankers graduated from the Georgia Banking School this year.


About the Georgia Bankers Association: Founded in 1892, the Georgia Bankers Association promotes the general welfare and usefulness of banking and the preservation of a sound banking system. For 131 years, the GBA has provided Georgia’s banks with top-quality professional development, revenue-enhancing products and services, government relations and public advocacy.


About Queensborough National Bank & Trust Company: Founded in 1902, Queensborough National Bank & Trust Co. recently celebrated 120 years of community banking in Georgia. Queensborough was named Great Place to Work and Best of Georgia in 2022, Best Small Bank in Georgia for 2021 by Newsweek and has 27 locations throughout the state. For more information, visit and find Queensborough on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram.

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