UNION, N.J., May 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Center Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNBC) (the "Corporation" or "Center"), parent company of Union Center National Bank ("UCNB"), announced that Vincent Tozzi has informed the Corporation that he is resigning from the positions of Vice President, Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer of Center and as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of UCNB, effective May 31, 2013, to pursue other business opportunities. The Bank announced that Francis "Rich" Patryn, Senior Vice President & Comptroller, will be assuming the role of interim Chief Financial Officer. "Rich has been a valued member of the Bank management team for the past 15 plus years, and we wish him success in his new position," said Anthony Weagley, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are fortunate to have Rich, an experienced financial manager, available to assume Vince's duties." Rich currently serves as UCNB's Comptroller, a role he assumed in 1997. Rich holds a BS from St. Peters College and is a Graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. About Center Bancorp Center Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company, which operates Union Center National Bank, its main subsidiary. Chartered in 1923, Union Center National Bank is one of the oldest national banks headquartered in the state of New Jersey and now ranks as the third largest national bank headquartered in the state. Union Center National Bank is currently the largest commercial bank headquartered in Union County. Its primary market niche is its commercial banking business. The Bank focuses its lending activities on commercial lending to small- and medium-sized businesses, real estate developers and high net worth individuals. The Bank, through its Private Banking and Wealth Management Division, which includes its wholly-owned subsidiary, Center Financial Group LLC, provides personalized wealth management and advisory services to high net worth individuals and families. Our services include banking, liquidity management, investment services, custody, tailored lending, wealth planning, trust and fiduciary services, insurance, family wealth advisory services and philanthropic advisory services. The Bank, through a strategic partnership between the Bank's Private Banking Division and Alexander, Troy & Company ("AT&CO."), Family Office Services, of Katonah, New York, provides customized financial and administrative services to high-net worth individuals.