While CUNA debated who would take over the corner office, I sincerely felt it should be someone from within the industry. At the same time, my gut and some people in the know were saying no way; CUNA would select another Washington insider to fill Dan Mica’s shoes. That prompted me to write this column regarding CUNA’s next president/CEO about a month ago now.

Well, today CUNA announced that Bill Cheney, president/CEO of the California/Nevada Credit Union Leagues would be CUNA’s leader as of July 5. I really believe it was the best move for the credit union industry at this time to select someone who’s served in a credit union as well as in a credit union trade association. Dan Mica brought credit unions credibility on Capitol Hill when they were working to pass H.R. 1151. Now, the industry is having financial and operational issues and a credit union insider was called for.

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