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Cornerstone CEO Confident CUNA Made the Right Choice with Hiring of Jim Nussle as CEO
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 7:00 AM

Cornerstone Credit Union League CEO Dick Ensweiler is praising the Credit Union National Association’s decision to hire Jim Nussle as its new president and CEO. Nussle is a former Iowa Republican congressman and director of the White House Office of Management and Budget for President George W. Bush. 

“Jim’s strong credentials will be a tremendous asset to our movement,” Ensweiler says. “He has a high degree of experience in both congressional relations and the inner workings of the government at the highest levels, which will benefit our movement greatly.”

Tony Budet, president and CEO of University FCU in Austin, Texas, served on the search committee and says of Nussle, “He is a capable, proven leader. He has a good character, high integrity and ethics, and an excellent reputation. His considerable knowledge, background, and experience, in combination with his strong public persona, will represent the movement very well. We feel strongly about his ability to represent us.”

Nussle is an eight-term congressman who served as chairman of the House Budget Committee, and was appointed as OMB director in 2007 and served until 2009, when President Bush left office. He later founded a public affairs media and strategic consulting firm called The Nussle Group.

Gina Williams, president and CEO of UARK FCU in Fayetteville, Ark. is impressed with his credentials and confident in his ability to lead CUNA.

“I’m very happy to learn of Nussle’s appointment as the new CEO of CUNA. Considering that he is a former congressman and worked as a director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, I’m confident he’ll be a great asset to our movement and an exceptional leader for our national trade association,” says Williams. 

David F. Dykes Jr., president and CEO, First Family FCU in Henryetta, Okla. echoes Williams’ sentiments.

“I think Mr. Nussle’s past experiences will open more political doors for the credit union industry,” notes Dykes. “I hope he is a champion of telling our awesome story…That credit unions continue today, the long history of working to improve the financial position of the common working person.”

Tom Griffiths, former president and CEO of the Iowa Credit Union League believes selecting someone with a strong legislative background is a very wise choice.

“Jim was always very open with us, and he was good with credit unions in terms of our legislative priorities while I was president of the Iowa league,” notes Griffiths. “He is also very smart.  I believe this bodes well and that he will be a good appointment.”

Patrick S. Jury, president and CEO of the Iowa Credit Union League couldn’t agree more.

“As a former Iowa congressman, we’ve worked very closely with Jim over the years and know that his leadership, experience, and desire to help improve the financial lives of consumers will help propel our industry forward,” adds Jury.

Nussle replaces Bill Cheney who resigned earlier this year. CUNA Chief Economist Bill Hampel has served as interim CEO since June 11.