Two Providence-area bankers elected to Massachusetts Bankers board of directors

PROVIDENCE – Patrick J. Murray, president and CEO of Bristol County Savings Bank in Taunton, was recently elected as treasurer of the Massachusetts Bankers Association.

The association also elected Girard R. Sargent, regional president for Providence-based Citizens Bank, as one of three new at-large members of its board of directors.

In addition, William M. Parent, president of Blue Hills Bank in Hyde Park, was elected as board chairman. Donald P. Gill, president of Coastal Heritage Bank in Weymouth, was elected as board vice chairman.

Two other at-large board directors also were elected: Robert J. Fraser, president of MountainOne Bank in North Adams, and Michael G. McAuliffe, president of Middlesex Savings Bank in Natick.

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Sandra J. Pattie, president of BankNewport in Middletown, R.I., remains as one of the 14 other board members.

The association represents 150 commercial, savings, and co-operative banks and savings-and-loan associations, totaling about 69,000 employees in Massachusetts and elsewhere in New England.

“This is a terrific group of individuals to lead our local banking industry as board members, as well as being significant executives in their own markets,” Daniel J. Forte, the association’s president and CEO, said in a statement.

Scott Blake is a PBN staff writer. Email him at