Phoebe A. Haddon, chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden, has been named chair of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
She will lead the nine-member board for a two-year term.
A nationally noted leader in issues related to access and equity, Haddon is chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden, where she is responsible for a research university that enrolls more than 7,350 students in 39 undergraduate programs and 28 master’s and doctoral programs, and has more than 1,300 employees.
Under her leadership, Rutgers University–Camden has widened affordable access through its landmark Bridging the Gap program, which provides full or significant tuition coverage for New Jersey’s working families. She has amplified Rutgers–Camden’s role as an anchor institution in Camden and the Delaware Valley by expanding the university’s nationally recognized civic engagement program.
Haddon is the recipient of the 2019 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of American Law Schools and the 2019 Smith College Medal. In 2015, she received the Trailblazer’s Award from the New Jersey Women Lawyer’s Association, and was similarly honored by the National Association of Women Business Owners in South Jersey in 2016. In 2014, Haddon was an invited speaker at the 91st annual meeting of the American Law Institute, where other invited speakers included U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and U.S. Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Ginsburg.
Haddon is a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on the Future of Legal Services, as well as the ABA’s Kutak Award Committee. She is on the Boards of Trustees for the Cooper University Health System, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Camden Health & Athletic Association, and HERS (Higher Education Resource Services).
NJBIZ named her among the “Top 50 in Higher Ed” in New Jersey in 2019, while Philadelphia Business Journal named her to its “Power 100” list for 2019 and the Philadelphia Inquirer selected her as a winner of its 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Pioneer Award.
Haddon earned an LL.M. from Yale Law School in 1985 and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law in 1977. She received a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in 1972 and served as vice chair of the Smith College Board of Trustees until 2009.
Haddon resides in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia with her husband, Frank McClellan, a professor of law at Temple University.
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