Commencement 2013 Speakers

Since January 1, 2008, Cummings and the senior executive management team of Investors Bank have guided the bank’s strategic expansion and evolution into a full-service community and commercial bank. Under Cummings’s leadership, Investors Bank has experienced significant growth while remaining financially strong and well capitalized. The bank’s outstanding level of performance was recognized as one of the top 25 performing, publicly traded, small-cap banks in the United States on Sandler O’Neill’s 2011 and 2012 “Bank & Thrift Sm-All Stars” report. Also in 2012, the bank appeared on Fortune’s “Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies” list. Cummings received personal recognition as the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2011 New Jersey Award for his success in transforming Investors Bank into a growth company.

Before being named president and chief executive officer of Investors Bank, Cummings served as the bank’s executive vice president and chief operating officer from 2003-2008. Prior to joining Investors Bank, he had a 26-year career with the independent accounting firm of KPMG LLP. He was an audit partner in the financial services practice in the New York office and lead partner for a major commercial banking client. Working in the New Jersey community bank practice for more than 20 years, Cummings served clients such as Summit Bank, Valley National Bank, Provident Bank and Hudson City Bank.

A 1976 graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Cummings was the recipient of the Harry M. Fife Award for Excellence in Economics and Athletics. While at Middlebury, he played basketball and baseball, and ended his basketball career as the school’s all-time leading scorer. Cummings earned a master’s degree in business administration from RBS in 1977 and is a certified public accountant who frequently speaks at seminars on topics ranging from mergers and acquisitions to income taxes and management reporting on internal controls.

Of Cummings’s many professional associations, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Peter’s Prep, a Jesuit high school in Jersey City, former chair of the board and current trustee of the Summit Speech School, trustee of The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children, chair of the board and member of the Executive Committee of the New Jersey Bankers Association, and a board member of the Independent College Fund of New Jersey. Most recently, Cummings agreed to serve as a member of the Development Leadership Council of Morris Habitat for Humanity.