William Paterson University Receives Best Practices Award from the Commerce and Industry Association Award honors thought leaders for leadership best practices William Paterson University received a Best Practices Award from the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey at its Best Practices Conference honoring thought leaders on September 17, 2015. “On behalf of the University, we are very honored to receive this award for leadership best practices,” says Kathleen Waldron, president of William Paterson. “I wish to thank John Galandak, president of the Commerce and Industry Association, for providing leadership of this important organization that stimulates business growth in our region." Lourdes Cortez, president and CEO, North Jersey Federal Credit Union, was one of the keynote speakers at the event. Cortez and Galandak both serve on William Paterson's Board of Trustees.