Credit Union of Georgia on Monday named Jerry Ragan its new president and CEO.

The Woodstock, Ga.-based CU said its board of directors conducted a national search involving more than 100 applicants. In the end, the board selected Ragan from the credit union’s own backyard in Marietta, Ga.

Ragan has more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry. Before joining Credit Union of Georgia, Ragan served as both a senior credit officer for commercial lending and chief credit officer for United Community Bank. Prior to United Community Bank, Ragan served in senior and executive roles at First Citizens Bank and Trust, SunTrust Bank and NationsBank. Ragan holds a bachelor of business administration in banking and finance from the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business.

Dr. Frances Roberson, chairman of Credit Union of Georgia’s board of directors, said in a statement, “Jerry’s understanding of a successful organization is that it rests on employees dedicated to helping our members with their financial needs. He is very personable, dedicated and professional. We interviewed very experienced candidates, but ultimately came back to Jerry as our first choice for the position.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this impressive organization,” Ragan said. “It is already very evident that our employees embrace our vision to deliver financial solutions that enrich members’ lives and practice our mission to provide financial solutions with value, convenience and exceptional service. I look forward to growing alongside this organization.”

Credit Union of Georgia has served the northwest Georgia community since 1960 and currently serves the residents of Bartow, Cobb, Cherokee, Paulding and Pickens counties. As a reflection of its heritage, it continues to serve the employees of the highest-regarded school systems in the state, including Chattahoochee Technical College, Cherokee County Schools, Cobb County Schools, Kennesaw State University, Marietta City Schools, Paulding County Schools, Reinhardt University and many private schools.

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