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Dakota School of Banking

DSB grads: Interested in giving back to the Dakota School of Banking?
Here is an opportunity…
The Dakota School of Banking is seeking an assistant director. DSB graduates are uniquely qualified to help guide the school into the future.
Click here for an online application form.
Click here to view Assistant Director Responsibilities.
If you are interested in applying or have questions, please email
Applications due: October 1


One of North Dakota's longest-standing banking education traditions, the Dakota School of Banking has graduated hundreds of bankers since its inception in 1974. Many of these graduates are now senior-level executives, serving as president or chief executive officers of banks large and small. 

Through the use of highly-qualified instructors and a challenging curriculum, Dakota School of Banking provides a multi-dimensional educational experience in banking. By completing two one-week summer sessions and intersession projects, students develop a range of skills to enhance current performance and qualify for advancement. 

Employees at nearly every level can benefit from attending the Dakota School of Banking. Many DSB applicants have been identified as future leaders within their banks. 

Dorothy Lick
North Dakota Bankers Association
PO Box 1438
Bismarck ND 58502-1438
Phone: (701) 223-5303

Admission Requirements:
  1. Applicant must:
    • Be an employee or officer of a bank, an NDBA or SDBA associate member; or a bank regulatory agency
    • Have a college degree and two years banking experience, or a high school diploma plus five years banking experience
    • Have coursework in Principles of Banking, Money and Banking and Accounting or have demonstrated knowledge in these areas.
Be recommended by the bank's CEO, a senior officer or the employee's supervisor

Applicants who do not meet these requirements must submit a letter from their nominating officer detailing the experience being substituted for these requirements.


First Year
Bank Financial Analysis I
Human Resource Management
Trust Services
Risk Management
Banking Law
High Impact Presentations
Sales Management

Second Year
Asset/Liability Management
Bank Financial Analysis II
Strategic Planning
Liquidity and Capital Planning
Bank Investments
BankExec Simulation
Management & Leadership
Bank Reports and Exams


Bank Financial Analysis and Asset/Liability Management
Perry Haralson, Cornhusker Bank, Lincoln NE

Richard Beck, STAR Financial Bank (Retired), Fort Wayne IN 

Human Resource Management
Pam Binder, Human Resources Consultant, Steele ND 

BankExec Simulation, Macroeconomics and Investments
Tom Capouch, First State Bank, Portland ND 

Cody Delzer, SBS Cybersecurity, Madison SD

Banking Law
Tracy Kennedy, Zimney Foster P.C., Grand Forks ND 

Bank Reports and Exams
Carolene Severson, ND Department of Financial Institutions, Fargo ND 

Trust Services
Mary Locken, Bell Bank, Fargo ND 

High Impact Presentations and Sales Management
Tonya Stende, Dale Carnegie of ND and MN, Fargo ND

Risk Management
Jeremy Skoglund, Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck ND

Dakota School of Banking is sponsored by NDBA and endorsed by SDBA.


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