Spring 2016 Commencement Speaker
Michael F. Allen
Executive Vice President, Business Development, Harford Bank, Aberdeen, Maryland
Michael F. Allen is the executive vice president, business development, at Harford Bank, Aberdeen, Maryland. Harford Bank is a community bank headquartered in Harford County, Maryland, and for more than fifty years has provided capital and financial resources to people, organizations, and businesses of northeastern Maryland. Allen is the also former executive-in-residence of The Graham Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies (The Graham Center) at Penn State York. He continues to serve on the Penn State York Advisory Board and is a member of the new Graham Advisory Board.
The Graham Center is a program designed to develop and enhance students’ workplace leadership skills. It includes students from a variety of academic disciplines and provides them with a set of practical tools that complement the quality education they are receiving at Penn State York. In some instances, students may also be involved in internships. During his tenure as executive-in-residence of The Graham Center, Allen had a tremendous impact on the program and its students.
He helped increase the visibility of The Graham Center on campus and in the community and worked to tell the story of The Graham Center to students, faculty, staff, and community leaders, resulting in an increased number of recommendations and applications to the program. There are now more than fifty students in the program.
Allen also helped establish curriculum, including the addition of credit courses as part of the requirements for program completion, which will help better prepare students to be adaptable and effective workplace leaders. To help students become more aware of their personality and behavioral characteristics, an Emotional Intelligence (“EQ”) training component was also added to the program. Finally, just prior to leaving The Graham Center and returning to banking, Allen helped establish the Graham Advisory Board. This group, comprised of local businesses and organization leaders, is charged with helping set the future course of The Graham Center, and ensuring that the strategic vision is properly aligned with the needs of the greater employer community.
Prior to joining The Graham Center, Allen spent more than thirty years in the banking industry. He most recently held the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer for PeoplesBank, a $1.4 billion financial services company headquartered in York, Pennsylvania. Prior to his work with PeoplesBank, he held the position of executive vice president and chief credit officer at Kish Bank in State College, Pennsylvania. The majority of Allen’s banking career was spent with the Mercantile Bankshares Corporation (now PNC), formerly headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. He joined the Mercantile organization after attending The Pennsylvania State University, where he majored in political science.
Allen’s volunteer activities included work with Penn State University Park, Pennsylvania Bankers Association, the York County Economic Alliance, the American Red Cross of South Central Pennsylvania, and a wide array of other nonprofit organizations.
He resides in York with his wife, Susan, and their three children.