Boler receives 2016 Hugh Watson Award for leadership excellence

Chris Boler

July 5, 2016 — The Southeast Regional Credit Union Schools (SRCUS) organization is pleased to announce that Chris Boler has been awarded the 2016 Hugh Watson award at this year’s session of the Southeast CUNA Management School. Selected by vote of his classmates, Boler received this award as a result of his leadership and exceptional contribution to the class as a whole over the three years of SRCUS. He is an outstanding role model and mentor to his peers. Chris, a 2016 graduate of the Southeast CUNA Management School, currently serves as the President of ORNL FCU’s Credit Union Service Organization, CU Community, LLC (CUC).

Two years ago, SRCUS instituted the “Hugh Watson Award” to recognize an outstanding third year student and to honor the retirement of Hugh Watson from SRCUS. Watson joined the SRCUS faculty in 1971 and during his tenure, he taught in all 3 years, served as academic coordinator and facilitated the 3rd year simulation for 43 years. Upon his retirement from SRCUS, the Hugh Watson Award was created to honor the 3rd year student whose service to SRCUS has been closest to that exemplified by Dr. Hugh Watson.

Pictured above: Dr. Craig Piercy, SRCUS Academic Advisor and Chris Boler, 2016 Hugh Watson Award recipient


About SRCUS:
Southeast Regional Credit Union Schools (SRCUS) is a collaboration of eight southeastern credit union leagues, including the Carolinas Credit Union League, Georgia Credit Union Affiliates, Kentucky Credit Union League, League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates, Louisiana Credit Union League, Mississippi Credit Union Association, Tennessee Credit Union League, and Virginia Credit Union League. Through collaboration with CUNA and Affiliates, the first SRCUS Management School was established in 1970. Since the school’s formation it has graduated over 1,100 credit union management professionals from 21 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to the management school, SRCUS also hosts an annual Director’s Conference, which provides a full range of informative educational sessions about critical issues important to today’s ever-changing financial industry for credit union directors and committee members. For more information, visit

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