SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported):
December 11, 2012
CENTER BANCORP, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in
|(State or Other Jurisdiction
||(Commission File Number)
||2455 Morris Avenue, Union, New Jersey
||(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrant's telephone number, including
area code (800) 862-3683
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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or
Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensation Arrangements of Certain Officers.
John Lukens, the Registrant’s
Chief Credit Officer, a Vice President of the Registrant and a Senior Vice President of the Registrant’s Union Center National
Bank (“UCNB”) subsidiary, will retire effective as of December 31, 2012.
The Registrant announced
that John J. Bailey has been hired to succeed Mr. Lukens as the Senior Vice President Credit Administration of UCNB. In that role,
Mr. Bailey will oversee UCNB’s Credit Administration Department. Prior to joining UCNB, Mr. Bailey was the owner and managing
member of a consulting firm and held management positions within the financial services industry.
Pursuant to the requirements
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned
hereunto duly authorized.
||CENTER BANCORP, INC.
||s/ Joseph D. Gangemi
||Joseph D. Gangemi
||Vice President & Corporate Secretary
Dated: December 12, 2012
99.1 – Press release, dated December 11, 2012 of Center Bancorp, Inc.