Noting the announcement of National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) board member Christiane "Gigi" Hyland that she would resign from the board as of October 5, Credit Union National Association President/CEO Bill Cheney said, "Gigi Hyland has given seven strong and substantive years of service to both credit unions and the agency" during her years on the board.
Christiane "Gigi" Hyland
"At times we have had our differences over policy, but we have always respected her views and knew that she innately had the best interests of credit unions at the core of her positions," Cheney said, and added, “We wish her the very best, and we are certain that we will have more opportunities to work with her, in another capacity, somewhere down the road."
Hyland was sworn in as an NCUA board member on November 18, 2005, for a six-year term, which ended August 2, 2011. Prior to her time on the board, Hyland's credit union career included work as a credit union attorney and advocate for more than 14 years. She was a Credit Union National Association vice president for five years.
NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz said of Hyland's tenure at the NCUA, "Gigi has been an exemplary public servant. The credit union industry and the agency have been the beneficiaries of her intellect, tenacity, and dedication to a safe and sound system."
Matz noted Hyland's initiative of updating the rules to raise the small credit union asset threshold, as proposed at the September NCUA open board meeting, as one of her most important.
Fellow board member Michael Fryzel said Hyland has been an "outstanding" NCUA board member. "She has brought knowledge, integrity, and common sense in making tough decisions during troubled economic times."
Fryzel added, "Her ideas, collaboration, and cooperation during the credit union crisis of 2008 to 2009, when I was chairman, were invaluable and for which I am sincerely grateful. I wish her all the best on her career path and know she will succeed at whatever she chooses to do."
Hyland, in her resignation announcement, concluded, "It has been an honor to serve our country to protect the safety and soundness of nearly 7,000 federally insured credit unions and over 93 million credit union members."