updated 12/22/2010 11:16:26 AM ET 2010-12-22T16:16:26

LANCASTER, Pa., Dec. 22, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Paul V. Stahlin, regional president of Skylands Community Bank, a subsidiary of Fulton Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:FULT), recently became the first banker to assume the chairmanship of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Stahlin leads the world's largest body of CPAs with more than 360,000 CPAs worldwide. 

Stahlin was also recently named as one of the "100 Most Influential People of 2010" by Accounting Today.

"This is a wonderful honor for Paul, and we are pleased that the talents he has brought to our company and our customers will now be shared on an even broader scale," said R. Scott Smith, Jr., chairman and CEO of Fulton Financial Corporation, a $16.4 billion financial holding company with offices throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Steve Miller, chairman and CEO of Skylands Community Bank, stated, "We are proud that Paul will use his background and experience to help AICPA maintain its position as the leader in serving the CPA profession."

Stahlin began his career in public accounting, which included six years with Price Waterhouse & Co. Prior to the merger with Skylands Community Bank, Paul was President and CEO of Somerset Valley Bank. 

Stahlin is very active in his community where he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Somerset Medical Center as Chairman of the Audit Committee. He also serves on the Executive Board of Somerset County Business Partnership; Immediate Past Chairman and President of Montclair State University Foundation Board of Trustees; Trustee of St. Charles Borromeo parish; Past Vice President of the Community Bankers Association of New Jersey and Past President of the New Jersey Society of CPAs.

Fulton Financial Corporation, headquartered in Lancaster, PA has assets of $16.4 billion, employees 3800 talented team members, and operates more than 270 branches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia through seven local community banks. Fulton Financial Corporation  was recently named one of   the "100 Most Trustworthy" companies in the nation by Forbes. More information on Fulton Financial can be found at www.fult.com .

Skylands Community Bank, headquartered in Chester, NJ, provides a broad array of financial services to customers in Central and Northwestern New Jersey. The bank, which is part of the Fulton Financial Corporation family of banks, has more than $1.3 billion in assets and operates 27 banking offices in Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex and Warren Counties. For more information on Skylands Community Bank, visit www.skylandscombank.com

CONTACT:  Fulton Financial Corporation
          Laura Wakeley

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