County College of Morris (CCM) Vice President for Business and Finance Karen VanDerhoof of Hackettstown recently was presented with the 2011 Distinguished Business Officer Award by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). The award was presented to VanDerhoof on July 10, 2011 at the NACUBO annual conference in recognition of her “outstanding achievement in the field of business and financial management in higher education.”
“Vice President VanDerhoof truly does an outstanding job managing the finances and business operations of County College of Morris, providing a high level of accountability, transparency and fiscal oversight,” noted Dr. Edward J. Yaw, CCM president. “We are deeply honored to have her work recognized by such a prestigious organization.”
NACUBO is a membership organization representing more than 2,500 colleges, universities, and higher education service providers across the country and around the world.
Along with that award, the Accounting Department at CCM, under VanDerhoof’s leadership, recently was presented with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the eighth consecutive year from the Government Finance Officers of the United States and Canada. CCM was the only community college in New Jersey to receive the 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, VanDerhoof manages the departments of Accounting, Auxiliary Services, Budget and Business Services, Capital Projects, Plant and Maintenance, Public Safety, and Purchasing.
Along with her many responsibilities at CCM, VanDerhoof is affiliated with a number of professional and educational organizations. She served on the Community College Constituent Council of NACUBO. She has been a board member of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers since 2006 where she currently holds the position of treasurer, and previously held the offices of chair and vice chair of its Two Year College Committee. She 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. In 2003 she was chosen as the representative business officer by NJCCC and NJCCBOA to help construct and implement changes to New Jersey's statutory language regarding the offering of incentives in exchange for waiving state health benefits.
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.