MSU Team Places Third Nationally in CSBS Community Bank Case Study Competition


Contact: Allison Matthews

Mississippi State’s team of commerce students placed in the top five for the third year in a row in the CSBS Community Bank Case Study Competition. Pictured, left to right, Bank of Commerce Chief Credit Officer and Executive Vice President Clifton Thach; Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Bank of Commerce, Zach Luke; Peyton Randazzo, finance student at MSU, Dawsonville, Georgia; Eric Sudduth of Louisville; Annabelle Peck of The Colony, Texas; Von Churchwell of Memphis, Tennessee; and Academic Advisor and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Finance Matthew Whitledge. (Photo submitted)

STARKVILLE, Mississippi—For the third year in a row, Mississippi State students placed in the top five in an intense national competition that teaches undergraduate students about banking.

This year’s team of four MSU business administration students placing third overall in the 2022 State Banking Supervisors Conference community banking case study competition include:

DAWSONVILLE, Ga.—Peyton Randazzo, Spring Graduate in Finance.

LOUISVILLE—Eric Sudduth, Spring Graduate in Finance and Foreign Languages/German.

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Von Churchwell, Spring Graduate in Finance summa cum laude.

THE COLONY, Texas—Annabelle Peck, magna cum laude spring finance graduate.

The annual CSBS competition provides valuable first-hand information as teams partner with local community banks to examine how these banks have handled change over the past decade, as well as what these institutions can expect over the next decade.

Adjunct Clinical Professor of Finance and Economics Matthew Whitledge advised the MSU team, which partnered with Bank of Commerce-Greenwood. The team’s paper will be published in the Journal of Community Bank Case Studies and is available at

“We are all so proud of these four students and their faculty advisor, Dr. Matthew Whitledge, who works incredibly hard every year to prepare for competition,” said Sharon Oswald, Dean of MSU College of Business.

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