Commonwealth Bank, Norristown, Pa., a subsidiary of Commonwealth Bancorp, has hired Brian C. Zwaan as senior vice president, senior lending officer, and head of its commercial banking division.

Until December 1996 he was a senior vice president and corporate banking division deputy manager at Summit Bank, a unit of Summit Bancorp of Princeton, N.J., responsible for southeastern Pennsylvania.

Earlier he was divisional vice president for corporate banking at First Pennsylvania Bank, Philadelphia.

More recently Mr. Zwaan was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Nobel Education Dynamics Inc., which runs private preschools and elementary schools nationwide.

Commonwealth Bancorp has $2.3 billion of assets.

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