New Director of Robbins Banking Institute Brings Banking Experience to FHSU


By FHSU University Communications

Hays, Kan. – The Robbins Banking Institute at Fort Hays State University and the Kansas Bankers Association recently announced the hiring of FHSU alumnus Tommy Powell as director.

With over a decade of sales and support experience in banking, Powell graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Finance in 2020; in addition, Powell took courses under the Robbins Banking Institute program. Powell was a commercial lender in Hays’ regional office of Commerce Bank. His office will be located at the Robbins Banking Institute Center on the FHSU campus. Powell resides in Hays with his wife and young son.

“We are delighted to have Tommy leading the initiatives of the Robbins Banking Institute,” said Dr. Dosse Toulaboe, FHSU chair of the Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting. “He is already familiar with our banking program and has the banking industry experience and connections to help Robbins Banking Institute achieve its goals.”

The Robbins Banking Institute is part of FHSU’s Department of Economics, Finance, and Accounting within the WR and Yvonne Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship. Its goal is to prepare students for careers in banking to help alleviate the shortage of banking professionals in Kansas.

The Robbins Banking Institute is managed by the Kansas Bankers Association. In this role, the KBA plans to achieve the Robbins Banking Institute’s goals of attracting the next generation of Kansas bankers by showing prospective students the benefits of a career in banking and teaching them the principles of community banking. .

Powell will also manage and promote the activities of the Kansas Bankers Educational Foundation. KBEF is a 501(c)3 non-profit affiliate of the Kansas Bankers Association.

“We are very pleased to announce the addition of Tommy Powell to our staff team at the Kansas Bankers Association, and we are also confident that Tommy will strengthen the important strategic partnership between the Robbins Banking Institute at Fort Hays State University and the Kansas Bankers Association,” Doug Wareham said. , Chairman and CEO of KBA. “Tommy’s professional banking experience, coupled with his direct ties to Fort Hays State University’s Business School and the Robbins Banking Institute, brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to this partnership and position.”

Offering a stand-alone certificate program, a minor program (to complement another major), and an undergraduate degree program, Robbins Banking Institute courses are offered both on campus and online.

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