Commencement 2012

Linda Bowden

Rutgers University proudly welcomes Linda Bowden, New Jersey regional president of PNC Bank, as speaker for the 2012 Rutgers Business School—Newark and New Brunswick undergraduate convocation.

As the New Jersey regional president of PNC Bank, Bowden provides executive leadership and supports client relationship and business development initiatives across the firm’s lines of business in the region, including corporate and institutional banking, commercial banking, and wealth management. She also supports the company’s community-based activities.

Bowden’s extensive industry experience spans every aspect of wealth management, having served as a portfolio manager, trust and investment officer, and  manager of private banking officers. Prior to joining PNC in 2009, Bowden was the managing director of Wachovia Wealth Management, and in 2005, she was named one of the “25 Women to Watch” by U.S. Banker magazine. Before launching her career in banking, Bowden was a teacher for seven years and authored two children's math books.

Bowden actively volunteers in a range of community programs and currently shares her expertise with The Family Service League in Montclair, New Jersey. She also serves on the boards of directors of the Adler Aphasia Center, Youth Consultation Services, New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, and Choose New Jersey, and the boards of trustees of the Liberty Science Center, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and William Paterson University Foundation. Bowden is a past member of the alumni advisory board of Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), and in 2011, received a PINNACLE award, achieving the highest honor bestowed upon FDU alumni.

Bowden earned a master of social work from Columbia University, a master of arts in institutional counseling from William Paterson University, a master of business administration with a concentration in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a bachelor’s degree in education from Rowan University. Additionally, she completed the American Bankers Association’s (ABA) National Trust School at Northwestern University, earned her Certified Trust Financial Advisor designation from the ABA’s Institute of Certified Bankers, and has completed numerous sales management and leadership programs.


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