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REBECCA STAFFORD, PRESIDENT OF MONMOUTH COLLEGE, ELECTED MEMBER OF FIRST FIDELITY BANCORPORATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Rebecca Stafford, president of Monmouth College, today was elected a member of the board of directors of First Fidelity Bancorporation (NYSE: FFB).
 Stafford, 57, a sociologist and college administrator, assumed the helm of the West Long Branch, N.J., independent college on July 1, 1993.
 She served as president of Chatham College, a Pittsburgh liberal arts college for women, from 1983 to 1991 and as president of Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minn., from 1980 to 1982. From 1982 to 1983, she was executive vice president and professor of sociology at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., and from 1970 to 1980, Stafford was associated with the University of Nevada, Reno, as associate professor of sociology, 1970 to 1974; as professor and department chairperson, 1974 to 1977, and as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, 1977 to 1980.
 Stafford has written and lectured on such subjects as women in management and the workplace, the management of higher education, and strategic planning. She also has been associated as scholar, teacher or consultant with Carnegie Mellon University; University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and Harvard University. She holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Radcliffe College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. She is a native of Topeka, Kan.
 She served as a director of Integra Bank, Pittsburgh, from 1987 to 1993.
 Stafford also has served on the boards of the Pittsburgh Symphony; the Urban League of Pittsburgh; Presbyterian-University Hospital and Montefiore Hospital, both of Pittsburgh; the Women's Center of Fort Collins; the Nevada Opera Guild, Reno; and the Bemidji Area Women's Network, of which she also was a founder.
 Founded in 1933, Monmouth College has a current enrollment of approximately 3,000 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students in its three schools -- arts and sciences, business administration and information sciences and technology. The college offers more than 45 degree programs and concentrations.
 First Fidelity Bancorporation, among the nation's 25 largest banking companies with more than $32 billion in assets, operates more than 600 offices through its principal affiliates, Union Trust Company, of Connecticut, and the First Fidelity Banks of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.
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 /CONTACT: Paul J. Levine of First Fidelity, 201-565-2949/
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