WASHINGTON – CUNA's hiring last week of Bill Cheney, a former credit union CEO, as its new head may be a sign the trade association is moving away from its emphasis on congressional advocacy, the focus of former four-term U.S. Congressman Dan Mica during his 13 years at the helm.

"CUNA is not in the same position," Harriet May, chairman of the CUNA Board's CEO Search Committee and president of El Paso's GECU, said of the 1996 hiring of Mica at the outset of a major legislative battle over field of membership. She said the hiring of Cheney, a former director at NAFCU, is an effort at "unifying the entire movement" which often is split along CUNA/NAFCU lines.

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