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SHSU's alum appointed as Smith-Huston Endowed Chair of Banking

Jackson Cutler

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HOUSTON, TX – The Sam Houston State University College of Business Administration announced the appointment of Jill Sharp Vaughan as the Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking.

Vaughan will start her new role in January after she retires from Zions Bancorporation, where she currently serves as executive vice president of Southwest Regional Credit.

Upon the appointment, Vaughan said, "I have been truly blessed working for a great organization and with people for the past 25 years that I consider my friends and family. The many opportunities presented to me by the Zions/Amegy organization allowed me to find success in a very fulfilling and rewarding career, which made it difficult to retire."

"This next opportunity is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to recruit and educate students to join our great industry while working from my own alma mater. It allows me to continue to serve the industry that has been so good to me and my family for the past 38 years," she added.

Meanwhile, the dean of the College of Business Administration, Mitchell J. Muehsam remarked, "We are so fortunate to have Jill Vaughan join SHSU as the Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking."

He also added, "SHSU has a long-standing reputation for preparing students for successful careers in banking, as well as serving the banking community. Jill's wealth of experience in the banking industry, combined with her passion for serving others makes her the ideal person to build on this history of success. We look forward to her using her expertise in leading the program to new heights."

In her new role, Vaughan will have a job to supervise the college's accredited Bachelor of Business Administration and Executive MBA degrees programs in Banking and Financial Institutions.

In addition to preparing students for careers in banking, the primary mission she has to carry out is to provide educational programs for community bankers.

After earning her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance at SHSU in 1982, Vaughan had a successful career in banking. She served as the senior lending officer and later president of ProBank in The Woodlands, and EVP in Klein Bank and Trust with oversight of the Montgomery County Commercial Lending market. In addition, she became EVP for Regional Commercial Lending after the bank and Amegy Bank of Texas merged.

She has also contributed to her community by serving leadership positions on numerous boards such as one Star College Foundation, Conroe-Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery County Community Foundation, Montgomery County United Way, and North Houston Association.

At SHSU, Vaughan is still working on the Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking Advisory Board and on the Advisory Board of the College of Business Administration.

In 2006, she was appointed as an inaugural member of the SHSU College of Business Administration Hall of Honor. Twelve years later, in 2018, she was inducted into the Texas Bankers Hall of Fame.

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