Franklin Pierce University alumnus is CEO of community bank

Individuals who wish to launch careers in the banking industry may benefit from enrolling in a degree program that boasts successful graduates. For example, James Dunphy - who earned an MBA from Franklin Pierce University's College of Graduate and Professional Studies in 2001 - is now the CEO and president of Hampshire First Bank.

According to the school, Dunphy has been senior vice president of both Granite Bank and Ocean National Bank prior to launching Hampshire First Bank. The community establishment, which focuses on the success of its customers, is traded on NASDAQ.

The CEO told the school that his education helped prepare him for his leadership roles. He added that the professors, "cared enough to help you expand and they also helped you balance the demands of life, school, work and family. It was obviously more than a job for them - it was their passion."

Those who wish to enter this industry may have excellent job opportunities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, professionals in this field may be eligible for equity sharing and performance-based pay, which increasingly are part of compensation packages for some bank employees.

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