Mansfield team advances in CSBS Community Bank Study Competition

Commonwealth University-Mansfield is among 14 teams advancing in the first round of judging of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) Community Bank Case Study Competition. 

The teams were chosen from a pool of 34 student teams and represent 28 colleges and universities. This is the ninth year of the competition, which is open to undergraduate students in all fields of study as an opportunity to gain valuable first-hand knowledge of the banking industry.  

In 2022, students from Mansfield partnered with Citizens & Northern Bank (C&N) of Wellsboro, and earned second place in the CSBS competition.

Students involved in the competition are Hannah Caccia, of Williamsport; Ethan Allen, of Ulster; Seth Anderson, of Troy; and Sierra Shedden, of Canton, and will be accompanied by their advisors, Atika Benaddi, Xiaoxuan Ji, and Xia Zhou.

This year, teams are tasked with examining how community banks are positioning themselves for success and sustainability as they face a competitive job market, succession challenges and changing consumer needs. Each student team will learn how its bank is recruiting and retaining talent, approaching success planning, and using technology to advance its operations.

Each student member and faculty advisor of the first-place winning team will receive a $1,000 scholarship and present their findings at the Community Bank Research Conference and their work will be published in the annual CSBS Journal of Community Bank Case Studies. Teams that place second and third will also receive scholarships and have their works published in the journal.

There will be three rounds of judging and results from the second round will be announced on June 7. The top three teams will be announced at the State Federal Supervisory Forum in Philadelphia on July 12.