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Center for Banking Excellence

From left to right: Thorsten Beck, Director of the European Banking Center;

Klaas Knot, President of the Dutch Central Bank; Bob DeYoung, Capital Federal Professor at the KU School of Business

The KU Center for Banking Excellence has three broad missions:

  • Conduct research to better understand the condition, performance and challenges in the U.S. banking industry and, by extension, at Kansas banks.
  • Perform outreach to the greater Kansas banking community in the form of academic conferences, industry conferences and executive education.
  • Serve as a conduit between University of Kansas students and the greater Kansas financial services industry.

The Center was founded in 2009. Its inaugural event was a conference on Real Estate Finance, co-sponsored with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. In the years since, the Center has held events in Overland Park, Wichita, Kansas City, Dallas, and Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

In the coming year, the Center plans to issue a special report on the State of Banking in Kansas, launch an executive education program for bankers, and extend its series of research papers on the financial services industry.

The Center is funded by a generous grant from the Capitol Federal Foundation, by annual contributions from the greater Kansas banking community, and by revenues from financial analysis provided by the Center’s staff.

Please contact us if you would like to learn more about the Center, become a sponsor of the Center, or have suggestions for helping the Center accomplish its mission.


Contact the Center for Banking Excellence

Robert (Bob) DeYoung
Capitol Federal Professor of Financial Markets and Institutions
Director, KU Center for Banking Excellence
785-864-1806
rdeyoung@ku.edu