William Paterson University President Kathleen Waldron Named One of New Jersey’s 2013 Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ

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President Kathleen Waldron

Kathleen Waldron, president of William Paterson University, has been named one of New Jersey’s 2013 Best 50 Women in Business. The awards program, produced by NJBIZ, honors New Jersey’s most dynamic women in business who have been making headlines in their field.  The honorees will be recognized during an awards ceremony on March 21, 2013 at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ.

To qualify, each nominee had to meet selection criteria that included living or working in New Jersey and holding significant authority for decision making in her company. An independent panel of judges selected the top 50 winners based on their dedication to business growth, professional and personal accomplishments, community involvement, and advocacy for women.

“We are truly fortunate to have the opportunity to recognize this outstanding group of women,” said Thomas Curtin, publisher of NJBIZ.  “As business and community leaders, they are constantly redefining success within and outside the business arena.  On behalf of NJBIZ, we would like to thank and congratulate these 50 outstanding women for their dedication to New Jersey’s future.”

Waldron became the seventh president of William Paterson University in August 2010. One of the largest public universities in New Jersey, William Paterson offers more than 250 academic programs and has extensive connections with universities in China, Scotland, Japan, and Europe. During her tenure, Waldron has presided over a successful Middle States reaccreditation, developed a Strategic Plan 2012-22, and played a significant role in eliciting support for the passage last November of a $750 million bond issue for construction and renovation projects at the state’s colleges and universities.

Waldron has more than 15 years of experience in higher education and 17 years of experience in international banking. She served as president of Baruch College of the City University of New York from 2004 to 2009 and as dean of the College of Business at Long Island University from 1998 to 2004 after beginning her academic career as an assistant professor of Latin American history at Bowdoin College. Prior to her transition to higher education administration, Waldron worked at Citibank for 14 years where she directed strategic planning for the Global Private Bank and served as president of Citibank International in Miami.

A member of the board of the Tinker Foundation, the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, the Hamilton Partnership for Paterson, and NJEDGE.Net, Waldron has served on the board of Accion International, a leading microfinance organization, and the Fulbright Association, among others. She has lived and traveled extensively in Latin America, speaks Spanish, and was a Social Science Research Council Fellow and a Fulbright Fellow in Venezuela. She holds a doctorate and master’s degree from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has written about Venezuela and speaks extensively about leadership and higher education.

For more information about the NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business awards program or to reserve seats to the event, please visit www.njbiz.com/events or contact Melissa Sullenberger at melissas@njbiz.com or (732) 246-5737.