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Our “Legacy of Leaders” series highlights just some of the many people whose dedicated work has been indispensable in getting the AADC to the precipice of this magnificent milestone. They all have established an enormous legacy of leadership that will ensure the future of our sisterhood. Let’s celebrate them!

Published on February 10, 2022

linda eppsThe AADC is fortunate to have Linda J. Caldwell Epps ’73, Ph.D., as one of its leaders.

Through a 40-year career, she has been dedicated to public service and to leading the charge of diversity and equity in higher education.

Linda currently serves as Vice President for Development on the AADC Board of Directors and as a member of the Executive Committee, where she uses her experience and wise counsel to facilitate the growth of the organization as it approaches its milestone 100th Anniversary. As VP of Development, Linda is tasked with raising funds for the AADC, notably during our current “Count down to 100” year, and she serves on the 100th Anniversary Committee. She also served as Chair of the AADC 95th Anniversary Committee and was a Gold Sponsor of the AADC Forward Together Gala in 2018.

Last fall, Linda served as moderator of the AADC’s L’Hommedieu Lecture, expertly facilitating a talk by Dr. Bernice King, a global thought leader, orator, peace advocate, and CEO of the King Center, which was founded by her late mother, Coretta Scott King.

Linda has devoted her professional life to the advancement of cultural and educational institutions in New Jersey and beyond. For more than 45 years she has served as an administrator, educator and consultant to organizations including the New Jersey Historical Society, where she was president and CEO, and New Jersey Network Television and Radio, where she was vice president for institutional relations.

Linda has an extensive background in education, having spent 27 years working at Bloomfield College, where her roles included vice president for student affairs, dean of students and vice president for college relations. She was a consultant to several institutions, including the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, on diversity and equity in higher education.

Linda served as CEO of the New Jersey Historical Society and is CEO of 1804 Consultants, an organization dedicated to the advancement of educational and cultural organizations. Linda also is a co-founder of The Sankofa Collaborative, an organization created to develop a deeper understanding of African American history and culture, primarily, but not exclusively, in New Jersey. The Collaborative presents workshops and virtual programs and consults with museums, schools, libraries, colleges and universities, civic groups and individuals.

Among her many honors, Linda was awarded a Doctor of Humanities honorary degree by Princeton University in 2021. In 2019, she was inducted into the prestigious Rutgers African American Alumni Alliance, Inc. She received a New Jersey Women of Achievement Award from the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC and Douglass Residential College in 2015 and she was inducted into the AADC Society of Excellence in 2014.

Previously, she received the Most Distinguished Alumnae Award from Seton Hall University, where she earned a Master’s degree, and a Community Leadership Award from the Montclair YMCA. Linda also received the Beulah Oliphant Award from the Old Barracks Association in Trenton, NJ, where she was recognized for her dedication to New Jersey history as a consultant for various museums and institutions.

After earning degrees from Douglass and Seton Hall, Linda earned her doctorate at Drew University. She also completed programs at the Institute for Higher Education Management at Harvard University, the American Associate of Colleges and Universities Diversity Institute, and is a Leadership New Jersey Fellow.

Linda is an active member of Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, NJ, where she teaches an adult church school class, serves as president of the Bethany Book Club, and is an active Deaconess. Her list of volunteer activities ranges from organizations devoted to history, human rights and the performing arts to the Scotch Plains Public Library. She is very active in her home city of Newark, not far from her native Elizabeth, NJ.

Linda J. Caldwell Epps ’73 is one of the most honored and distinguished members of the AADC. We are proud of her many outstanding achievements and dedication to our organization as a leader.