Though emphasizing that the decision must ultimately made by people in the credit union movement, CUNA President/CEO-designate Bill Cheney said today he believes there should be one voice for credit unions.
"Over time credit unions will feel like they should have one voice in Washington, but that's not something we will be able to force," Cheney said in an interview with Credit Union Times hours after being named to CUNA's top position.
Cheney, who had served on the NAFCU Board for six years before being named president of the California/Nevada Credit Union League in 2006, said a leadership change at CUNA is an opportunity to re-think the vision and direction for both the credit union movement and the trade association.
"This is a good chance to step back and work with the board and see what direction we want to take things. The recent past has been difficult for CUNA and credit unions but I am optimistic about the future," he said.
Cheney said his first priority is to ensure that there is a smooth transition from the 14-year tenure of outgoing CUNA President/CEO Dan Mica. Cheney added that CUNA has a "first class team" in place and said it is too early to say what personnel changes he might make.