CUNA launches nationwide search for new president/CEO
A national search for a new president/CEO of the Credit Union National Association will be launched immediately, the association’s chairman said, to find a successor to Bill Cheney, who is returning to California in June to be president/CEO of SchoolsFirst FCU in Santa Ana.
CUNA Chairman Dennis Pierce said the search would consider candidates from both inside and outside of the credit union movement.
“We will be looking for leadership that can bring to bear the talents of the exceptional team that we have on board at CUNA now, and leverage the strengths of the three-tiered system of CUNA, the state credit union leagues, and credit unions to achieve our goals and strengthen the movement,” Pierce said.
Pierce thanked Cheney for his service, and praised his accomplishments as president/CEO since 2010. Among them, the CUNA chairman said, were:
- Successfully protecting the credit union tax exemption, ensuring that the recent tax reform draft from the House Ways and Means Committee made no changes to the tax status of credit unions. Pierce pointed to the award-winning “Don’t Tax My Credit Union Campaign,” which Cheney launched, as a key reason for the “big win” for credit unions in the tax reform proposal. The campaign generated 1.3 million contacts with Congress from credit union supporters in less than nine months’ time–a record for such efforts–urging lawmakers “don’t tax my credit union.”