Charles A. Vice was appointed commissioner of the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) effective Aug. 16, 2008. As the commissioner of DFI, Vice has responsibility for the regulatory oversight of all state-chartered financial institutions, which includes examinations, licensing of financial professionals, registration of securities and enforcement.
Vice currently serves in a national leadership role through the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS), the nationwide organization representing state bank regulators. Vice serves on the executive committee as Immediate Past Chair. Vice also currently serves on the Federal Financial Institution Examination Council (FFIEC) Taskforce on Supervision, which oversees guidance regarding safety and soundness issues relating to bank examinations.
Vice formerly served as treasurer, chairman-elect, and chairman of the CSBS board, and he is only the second commissioner from Kentucky to have led this national group.(Kentucky’s first banking commissioner, Thomas J. Smith, in 1914 served as president (now called chairman) of the National Association of Supervisors of State Banks, which later changed its name to CSBS.)
Vice also was treasurer on the State Regulatory Registry LLC (SRR) Board of Managers and the Education Foundation of State Bank Supervisors (EFSBS). The SRR operates the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry on behalf of state financial regulators. The EFSBS sponsors professional training programs for state banking department examiners and senior staff. He also served on the FFIEC State Liaison Committee, which develops principles, standards and report forms for the examination of financial institutions.
Previously, Vice was an employee of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for 18 years, serving in the Lexington, Ky., field office. During his tenure with the FDIC, Vice served as the office's expert on subprime lending and capital markets. His awards have included the 2007 FDIC Chicago Region employee of the year. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1990 and graduated from Biloxi High School in 1985. He resides in Winchester, Ky.