County College of Morris (CCM) Vice President for Business and Finance Karen VanDerhoof of Hackettstown recently was awarded the Patricia C. Donohue Leadership Award from the Mercer County Community College Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges.
The award was presented to VanDerhoof in recognition of her outstanding service and leadership to women in the college community. As a mentor and leader, VanDerhoof has helped numerous members of her staff to gain management positions and to take part in the CCM Leadership Academy, which is designed to provide CCM employees with the skills they need to excel professionally.
In 2011, VanDerhoof was presented with a Distinguished Business Officer Award by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) for her outstanding achievements in the field of business and financial management in higher education.
Along with VanDerhoof’s most recent award, the Accounting Department at CCM, under her leadership, again this year was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers of the United States and Canada. This is the ninth consecutive year the CCM Accounting Department has been presented with that award. Receipt of the certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.
VanDerhoof was appointed vice president for business and finance at CCM in 2005. She first joined the college in 1992 as director of budget and business services and then served as director of accounting and controller. In her capacity as vice president for business and finance, she manages the departments of Accounting, Auxiliary Services, Budget and Business Services, Capital Projects, Plant and Maintenance, Public Safety and Purchasing.
She also is active in a number of professional and educational organizations. She has served as a board member of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers since 2006, and previously held the offices of chair and vice chair of its Two-Year College Committee. She has served on the Community College Constituent Council of NACUBO, and presently serves on the Facilities and Legislative committees of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC). She also served as chair, secretary and treasurer, and chair of the Accounting Committee of the New Jersey Community College Business Officer Association (NJCCBOA), which she has been affiliated with since 1995.
Prior to her employment at CCM, VanDerhoof worked for Centenary College in Hackettstown where she served as controller and director of purchasing and operations and as an adjunct instructor for managerial accounting. In addition to being a CPA, she holds a Master of Taxation degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Centenary College.