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Catherine M. McFarland

Former chief executive officer, Victoria Foundation; Newark College of Arts and Science 1980

Catherine M. McFarland served with the Victoria Foundation for more than 35 years, starting in 1971. In 1989 she became Victoria Foundation's executive officer and secretary, guiding the private grant-making foundation in the distribution of approximately $11 million annually for projects addressing educational and sociological challenges in the urban portions of the Greater Newark area as well as urgent environmental problems within New Jersey.

McFarland's civic contributions are broad and diverse. She sits on the boards of such organizations as Community Foodbank of New Jersey, Frost Valley YMCA and Music For All Seasons. She serves on the Council of Trustees of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the Newark Education Fund. McFarland is a former board chair of the Newark/Jersey City Local Initiatives Support Corporation and a founding member of the Newark Emergency Services for Families. She is a past president of the New Jersey Women's Forum and served as a director of Broad National Bank, Newark, until its sale to Independence Community Bank. She is currently chair of the Environment Commission in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey.

Honors and awards include Commitment to Excellence award from the Council of Community Colleges, the Equal Justice award from New Jersey Legal Services, the Caring Award from the Boys' and Girls' Clubs of Newark, the Salute to the Policymakers award from the Executive Women of New Jersey, and the Distinguished Alumni award from the Newark College of Arts and Sciences-Rutgers University. McFarland has an honorary degree from Essex County College and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Bloomfield College. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, McFarland earned a bachelor's degree with highest honors at Rutgers University, graduating in 1980 with the Outstanding Urban Scholar's Award.