Susan Whitson

Class A Director, Term: 2020-2022, 2023-2025

Susan Whitson


Susan Whitson currently serves as chief executive officer of First Bank and president of its financial services holding company, First of Waverly Corporation, in Waverly, Iowa. She also serves as a director of both entities. Since joining the bank in 1986, her roles have included: chief financial officer, loan review and credit administration, leading operations and technology. Whitson spent the first five years of her career as an agricultural loan officer.

First of Waverly manages $650 million in total assets and operates with seven locations in Iowa.

Whitson is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business with an emphasis in economic analysis. She holds certificates from the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin; Commercial Lending School; and Bank Administration Institute in Loan Review.

Whitson is involved in numerous community organizations, including long term care, affordable housing, civic, youth and faith-based organizations. She is the past Chair of the Iowa Bankers Association and is also a recipient of Northwestern financial Review’s outstanding Women in Banking.

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