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Chandler Howard ’97 Named Head of Fleet Bank of Connecticut

Chandler Howard ’97

Chandler Howard ’97 was named chairman and chief executive officer of Fleet Bank in Connecticut this fall. In his new post, he is responsible for managing Fleet’s overall operations in the state, including government relations, community affairs, and corporate giving. Fleet’s statewide presence in Connecticut includes a workforce of approximately 5,500 employees and civic commitments of nearly $3 million in corporate contributions, sponsorships, and membership.

Howard began his banking career as a teller at People’s Bank in Bridgeport, Conn., in 1974. Over the years he rose through the ranks, ultimately serving as senior vice president and Hartford regional manager for People’s Bank. In 1996, Howard left People’s to join Fleet as head of branch banking in Connecticut.

Howard received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, and a master’s degree in management with a concentration in finance from Rensselaer at Hartford.

“My experience in Rensselaer’s degree program in Hartford provided me with the knowledge and experience I needed to continue moving forward in my career,” Howard says. “The curriculum provided me with insights into the latest business trends and management techniques, and the approach to learning showed me the importance of building strong teams and encouraging everyone to be an active participant.”

In October 2003, Howard was named a recipient of the Tapestry Award by the Hartford Courant. The award is designed to recognize an individual or organization in the Hartford region who “excels at promoting diversity and building bridges of understanding.”

Howard has long been active in community organizations. He chaired the 2002 Community Campaign for the United Way of the Capital Area, and is currently the Anniversary Chairman of the Greater Hartford Urban League’s 40th Anniversary Celebration. He also serves as chairman of the board of Charter Oak State College and vice chair for the Governor’s Council on Economic Competitiveness and Technology. His public service has earned him numerous awards and accolades, including the Champion of Children Award from the Village for Children & Families, the 2003 Campaign Leadership Award from Community Health Charities of Connecticut, and the 2003 Secretary of the State’s Public Service Award.--TL

Rensselaer Magazine: Spring 2004
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