Office of the President
Biography of President Kathleen Waldron
Dr. Kathleen M. Waldron became the seventh president of William Paterson University in August 2010. One of the largest public universities in New Jersey with more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students, William Paterson University, located in Wayne, offers more than 250 programs and has extensive connections with universities in China, Scotland, Japan, and Europe. President Waldron has presided over a successful Middle States reaccreditation, developed a Strategic Plan 2012-22, reorganized enrollment management, enhanced alumni relations, and ushered in the first doctoral program. She also secured two new $1 million gifts to the University.
Dr. 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, Dr. 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, Dr. 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.
Dr. Waldron 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.