Mauney Lecture Series presents Tom Harms

Tom HarmsLINDSBORG, KAN., April 2, 2012—Tom Harms, president and CEO of Peoples Bank & Trust, will deliver a presentation entitled “Community Banking—A Real Life Perspective” at Bethany College on Wednesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Lindquist Hall as part of the college’s Carl F. and Catherine Herman Mauney Distinguished Lectureship Series in Economics and Business.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Harms has worked in the banking industry for nearly forty years and as the president and CEO of Peoples Bank & Trust Company in McPherson, Kan., since 1991. He has managed personnel, operations, investment, and loan administration. Under his leadership, People Bank has grown from one location and $51 million in assets to ten locations and $380 million in assets.

Harms received his undergraduate degree in teaching from Emporia State University and his postgraduate degree from the Colorado Graduate School of Banking. He served on numerous community, church, and bank-related boards.

A gift from Dr. C. Herman and Emily Mauney of Albuquerque created an endowment for the Carl F. and Catherine Herman Mauney Distinguished Lectureship Series in Economics and Business, which has brought a business speaker to the Bethany campus every year since 1985. Named in honor of Dr. Herman Mauney’s parents, the fund provides educational and professional development opportunities to students, faculty and friends of Bethany College.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu/.

Caption: Tom Harms, president and CEO of Peoples Bank & Trust

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