Bank CEO joins Penn State Board of Trustees
LOCK HAVEN — Randall E. Black, CEO and president of Citizens Financial Services, Inc. and First Citizens Community Bank, with offices in Bald Eagle Township, Clinton County, was recently named to the Penn State University Board of Trustees as a result of his ability to lead a successful financial services organization, along with his dedication to the agricultural industry.
As a trustee, Black joins an elite team of professionals who are responsible for the government and welfare of the university.
Penn State University is a strong advocate for the agricultural industry, offering various degrees in the field through the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. Black was elected by delegates from agricultural societies for his agricultural expertise and involvement in key agricultural organizations across the state of Pennsylvania. A lifelong farmer and Pennsylvania resident, Black is an advocate for the agricultural community and eager to provide leadership that will help fellow farmers navigate current and new challenges that are unique to the industry. Under his leadership, First Citizens has extended and strengthened their agricultural commitment and is currently one of the top Ag lenders in the nation, third in Pennsylvania for bank’s headquartered there.
“It’s truly an honor to become part of such a highly-respected institution,” stated Black. “I have the utmost respect for the role they play in the development of our future leaders and the impact the university makes worldwide through their many means, including research and development initiatives.”
Black is involved in professional and community organizations, including the board positions he holds with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the PA Bankers Association (serving as past chairman for Group 4), the Betterment Organization of Mansfield and the Fund for Northern Tier Development, to name a few.
Black joined the First Citizens organization in 1993 and prior to being named CEO & President of First Citizens, he served as their Chief Financial Officer. He received a Master of Banking degree from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University, and earned his BS, Cum Laude, from Bloomsburg University. Black is also a graduate of the American Bankers Association School of Bank Investment and Financial Management.
First Citizens Community Bank is headquartered in Mansfield but has 31 offices throughout Tioga, Bradford, Potter, Clinton, Centre, Union, Lebanon, Lancaster, Schuylkill, Berks, and Chester counties in Pennsylvania, Allegany County, New York, and New Castle and Kent Counties in Delaware.