CUNA's current Chief Economist Bill Hampel will be interim president/CEO of CUNA, effective June 11, the same day that Bill Cheney, the current president/CEO, returns to California to become president/CEO of Santa Ana-based SchoolsFirst FCU, the largest credit union in that state.
Hampel, a senior member of CUNA's credit union advocacy team in Washington, is one of the longest-tenured executives of CUNA, having joined the association as an economist in 1978, promoted to vice president in 1985 and to senior vice president and chief economist in 1992.
An expert on the economy and credit union issues, he is regularly interviewed by major national television, radio and print media. He has also testified numerous times before Congress and is a registered lobbyist, advocating on behalf of credit unions on a wide variety of issues.
CUNA's search for a permanent CEO will continue throughout the summer; the CUNA board hopes to make a hire by this fall. Meanwhile, CUNA Vice President of Economics and Statistics Mike Schenk has been named acting chief economist for the association.