Two Coastal Employees Graduate from SE CUNA Management School

Joe Mecca

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Published on 06-24-2019

Categories: Coastal News

Coastal Credit Union is pleased to announce that Lesley Vaughan, VP of Reporting and Analytics, and Chip Bailey, Senior Business Analyst, recently graduated from the Southeast CUNA Management School (SRCUS). Graduation from the Southeast CUNA Management School is recognized throughout the credit union industry as a prestigious mark of achievement.

Both were awarded a Certificate of Excellence for their group’s white paper.  Bailey was also awarded the 2019 Hugh Watson Award for this year’s SRCUS session. Selected by vote of his classmates, he made exceptional contributions to the class as a whole over the three years of SRCUS and demonstrated outstanding leadership skills.

Chip Bailey

“I will forever be thankful and honored to have received this award,” said Bailey.  He added, “The knowledge gained at SRCUS has given me a greater understanding of my credit union, the credit union industry, and management. This wisdom has equipped me for the future as I continue my credit union career.”

During the three years of SRCUS, participants focus on coursework that helps develop their operational, managerial and leadership abilities for credit unions.  The curriculum addresses financial analysis, management and leadership, with deep dives into each. Successful completion of the program includes practical application of the knowledge gained. Each participant creates a 5-year strategic analysis of their own credit union, and participates in a group research project and presentation.

Lesley Vaughan

“SRCUS offered a great opportunity to interact and learn alongside a network of credit union professionals” said Vaughan.  “While I welcomed the opportunity to gain a better understanding of credit union operations, I truly valued most growing my network of professionals in the industry who face the same challenges and opportunities.”

For more information on the Southeast CUNA Management School, visit

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