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* NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (12/30/10)--Niagara DuPont Employees CU, Niagara Falls, N.Y., has received approval from state regulators to widen its field of membership and change its name to Encompass Niagara CU. The credit union, founded in 1934 to serve employees of the DuPont Co. plant, will convert from a multi-employer-based charter to a community charter. It will serve anyone who lives, worships, attends school, volunteers or works in Niagara County. The credit union, which has $11 million in assets and 970 members, is also moving its office from Buffalo Avenue to 2525 Military Road in Niagara Falls (Buffalonews.com Dec. 29) … * HARTFORD, Conn. (12/30/10)--Connecticut's longtime Banking Commissioner Howard Pitkin has been reappointed to the position, Gov.-elect Dan Malloy announced Tuesday (New Haven Register Dec. 29). Pitkin has been with the Banking Department for more than three decades, and has headed it for five years. Before that, he was chief of administration, which oversaw the agency's technological initiatives and restructured the bank examination and credit union divisions into the financial institutions division. He oversees the supervision of 34 state-chartered credit unions and 40 state-chartered banks and thrifts … *SPOKANE, Wash. (12/30/10)--Tom Johnson will take the helm of Spokane Teachers CU as president/CEO Saturday (The Spokesman-Review Dec. 29). He will succeed Steve Dahlstrom, who has been with the credit union for 30 years--the last 20 as CEO. A former vice president of Whitworth University, Johnson joined the credit union's board of directors in 1994. In 2006, he became vice president for administration. He was to executive vice president in May as part of the credit union's success plan. Spokane Teachers CU, has $1.4 billion in assets, with 11 branches in Washington and three in Idaho … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (12/30/10)--Don Kilcullen, a founding board member of Philadelphia-based American Heritage FCU, died early Wednesday at a hospital in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association has learned (Life is a Highway Dec. 29). He was 91. Kilcullen served on the credit union's board since 1986, most recently as vice chairman. He helped initiate the credit union in 1948 and served on various committees since. As chairman of the Planning Committee, Kilcullen was instrumental in the growth of the credit union to today's $1 billion in assets. He was a graduate of Penn State Judge/Bradley Credit Union School …


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