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C. Bernard Fulp

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Bank Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/9/1935
Birth Location:
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Bank Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/9/1935
Birth Location:
Winston-Salem
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Biography

Bank executive C. Bernard Fulp was born on October 9, 1935 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Amanda Murray Fulp and Cyrus Fulp. Fulp graduated from Atkins High School in Winston-Salem in 1953, and received his B.S. degree in elementary education from Winston-Salem State University in 1957. Fulp then served in the U.S. Air Force until 1962, and went on to earn his M.A. degree in education from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut in 1963. He also completed a program in management development at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration in 1978.

Fulp began his career in banking as a loan manager at the Wachovia Bank and Trust Company branch in Winston-Salem in 1964. He also worked at State Street Bank and Trust Company and Unity Bank and Trust Company before joining the New England Merchants National Bank in 1970, where he eventually worked his way up to the position of senior vice president. In this role, he was responsible for the bank’s emerging middle market group. When New England Merchants National Bank merged with The CBT Corporation in 1983, creating the Bank of New England – then the second largest bank in New England – Fulp was promoted to executive vice president in charge of the bank’s private banking division, making him the first African American to assume the role. Fulp left the Bank of New England after it was acquired by FleetBoston Financial in 1991. He then worked for the accounting and advisory firm of Grant Thornton LLP until 1994 when he co-founded Middlesex Bank and Trust in Newton, Massachusetts. Fulp led Middlesex Bank until 2002, when it was acquired by Connecticut’s Westport National Bank. In 2004, Fulp became the president of GoBiz Solutions, Inc.

Fulp received numerous awards, including the 2005 Mary Hudson Onley Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Hall of Black Achievement. He served on the Small Business Administration Boston Advisory Council from 1972 to 1982. Fulp was named by Governor Deval L. Patrick to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, and chaired its Fiscal and Administrative Affairs Committee. He served as a member of the Lesley University Board of Trustees, and on the board of directors for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay, the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, and The Ron Burton Foundation.

Fulp is married to Carol Fulp, and has three children: Deanna, Rachael, and Cyrus.

C. Bernard Fulp was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 21, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of C. Bernard Fulp's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - C. Bernard Fulp lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - C. Bernard Fulp describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - C. Bernard Fulp talks about his mother's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - C. Bernard Fulp describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - C. Bernard Fulp talks about his relatives' service in the U.S. military
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - C. Bernard Fulp talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - C. Bernard Fulp describes his likeness to his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - C. Bernard Fulp lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - C. Bernard Fulp describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - C. Bernard Fulp recalls the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - C. Bernard Fulp describes the black community in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - C. Bernard Fulp talks about the black business district in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - C. Bernard Fulp describes his teachers at the 14th Street School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - C. Bernard Fulp remembers the 14th Street Community Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - C. Bernard Fulp recalls his family's emphasis on work ethic
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - C. Bernard Fulp remembers playing sports
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - C. Bernard Fulp describes his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - C. Bernard Fulp talks about his experiences of academic tracking
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - C. Bernard Fulp remembers his mentors at Atkins High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - C. Bernard Fulp describes the State of North Carolina's influence on the Winston-Salem Teachers College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - C. Bernard Fulp remembers the student unrest at the Winston-Salem Teachers College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - C. Bernard Fulp recalls his graduation from Atkins High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - C. Bernard Fulp talks about the alumni of the Winston-Salem Teachers College, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - C. Bernard Fulp talks about the alumni of the Winston-Salem Teachers College, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - C. Bernard Fulp recalls his aspiration to become an educator
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - C. Bernard Fulp remembers his mentors at the Winston-Salem Teachers College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - C. Bernard Fulp describes his social life at Winston-Salem Teachers College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - C. Bernard Fulp remembers Coach Clarence E. Gaines
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - C. Bernard Fulp recalls the influence of Simon Green Atkins and Francis Atkins
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - C. Bernard Fulp talks about the student sit-ins in North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - C. Bernard Fulp recalls his service in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - C. Bernard Fulp talks about his master's degree from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - C. Bernard Fulp remembers applying for the management training program at Wachovia Bank and Trust Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - C. Bernard Fulp talks about the history of black banking in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - C. Bernard Fulp describes his loan management training
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - C. Bernard Fulp remembers providing loans to African Americans in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - C. Bernard Fulp describes the impact of redlining on the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - C. Bernard Fulp talks about his promotion to assistant treasurer of State Street Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - C. Bernard Fulp recalls the founding of the Unity Bank and Trust Company in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - C. Bernard Fulp talks about the history African American banking
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - C. Bernard Fulp describes his experiences at New England Merchants National Bank
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - C. Bernard Fulp talks about his mentors at New England Merchants National Bank
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - C. Bernard Fulp recalls his decision to attend Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - C. Bernard Fulp describes his start at the Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - C. Bernard Fulp describes his education at the Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - C. Bernard Fulp talks about Donald Trump's business strategy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - C. Bernard Fulp remembers returning to the New England Merchants National Bank
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - C. Bernard Fulp talks about the consolidation of the banking industry around 1990
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - C. Bernard Fulp recalls the founding of the Middlesex Bank and Trust Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - C. Bernard Fulp remembers the acquisition of the Middlesex Bank and Trust Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - C. Bernard Fulp describes his accomplishments at the Middlesex Bank and Trust Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - C. Bernard Fulp describes the mission of the Middlesex Bank and Trust Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - C. Bernard Fulp describes his involvement with GoBiz Solutions, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - C. Bernard Fulp talks about the competitors of GoBiz Solutions, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - C. Bernard Fulp describes his civic activities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - C. Bernard Fulp talks about his service on the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - C. Bernard Fulp describes the impact of massive open online courses
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - C. Bernard Fulp shares his concerns about for-profit universities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - C. Bernard Fulp describes his position on charter schools
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - C. Bernard Fulp talks about the future of banking in the black community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - C. Bernard Fulp describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - C. Bernard Fulp talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - C. Bernard Fulp reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - C. Bernard Fulp reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - C. Bernard Fulp narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - C. Bernard Fulp narrates his photographs, pt. 2