WASHINGTON (12/22/11)--Harriet May--whose retirement as president/CEO of El Paso, Texas-based GECU was announced by the credit union on Wednesday--will continue as Credit Union National Association (CUNA) chairman through the end of her current term.
CUNA Chairman Harriet May, seen here speaking at the 2011 Governmental Affairs Conference, has retired as CEO of GECU. (CUNA photo)
May's term as CUNA chairman will end once CUNA's annual general meeting, and the 2012 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), conclude on March 22. She will continue to work with the CUNA board as immediate past chairman of the association following the GAC, as has been the practice with other immediate-past chairmen.
CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney praised May's service as a credit union leader following the retirement announcement.
"For four decades, Harriet May has served the credit union movement with complete commitment to its values and utter dedication to service to the members of credit unions. She has been a champion of the principles that are the bedrock of the credit union industry and--through her service with the Texas Credit Union League and CUNA--a tireless advocate for more flexibility for credit unions to better serve their members," Cheney said.
Greg Watters, chairman of the GECU board, said the credit union's members and the surrounding community have benefitted from May's "leadership, vision and experience."
Crystal Long has been named GECU's new president/CEO; she previously served as executive vice president and chief operations officer.
May will serve as senior advisor to GECU until her retirement becomes effective March 31. The credit union, in a press release, said she will be named president emerita at GECU's annual meeting scheduled in the first quarter of 2012 in honor of her 38-year distinguished career with the credit union, and legacy to the movement.