Written by Tim Talley
Willimantic, Conn. - The Connecticut State University System Board of Trustees approved Chandler Howard, chief executive officer and president of Liberty Bank, as Eastern Connecticut State University's business executive-in-residence for the 2010-11 academic year at their Sept. 23 meeting.
Widely considered as one of Connecticut's top banking executives, Howard was chairman and chief executive officer at Fleet Bank-Connecticut in 1996 and held a senior executive position when the bank merged with Bank of America in 2004. A year later, he temporarily left the banking industry to become president and CEO of Connecticut Innovations, a quasi-public agency charged with promoting technology growth. Howard became the CEO of First City Fund Corp and was responsible for the development of New Haven's new Community Development Bank before working at Liberty Bank.
Howard is the immediate past chairman of Connecticut's Charter Oak State College and served on the Governor's Task Force on the Future of the Regional Vocational-Technical High School System. He serves as president of the Liberty Bank Foundation, and has provided direct support for Liberty's ongoing tradition of awarding a variety of continuing higher education scholarships.
Howard currently serves the executive committee of The United Way of the Capital Area; the board of trustees for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts; the advisory board of the Greater Hartford Urban League; and the Board of the Greater Hartford YMCA. Howard holds a bachelor's of arts degree from the University of Connecticut and a master's degree in finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
As Eastern's Business-Executive-in-Residence, Howard will visit campus during the academic year to share his insights and business experience with students