The University of Bridgeport has announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Trustees.

Joseph Vittoria, President and CEO of Pez Candy, Inc, and NewAlliance Bank President C. Gene Kirby were appointed.

“Joe and Gene together bring to the Board of Trustees decades of business experience in the private sector. We are thrilled they have agreed to join the University community,” said University President Neil A. Salonen. “Their expertise is invaluable as UB continues to grow, enhance programs, and fulfills its mission to provide students with a career-oriented education that meets the demands of a global economy in the 21st century.”

Mr. Vittoria joined Pez Candy, Inc., in Orange, CT, in 2004. Previously, he served as Associate Partner and Senior Industry Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, specializing in process re-engineering in finance and operations strategies.

He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Iona College.

news_GeneKirbyC. Gene Kirby joined NewAlliance Bank in New Haven as President in 2009 to oversee each of the bank’s primary lines of business. He also serves as the Executive Vice President of the Holding Company, NewAlliance Bancshares. Previously, Mr. Kirby was Corporate Executive Vice President at SunTrust Bank in Atlanta.

Mr. Kirby received his Bachelor’s in Finance from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Duke University.

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