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Color: Purple
Food: Spaghetti with meat sauce
Quote: To whom much is given, much is required.
Season: Early fall
Vacation Destination: The Southwest
Elizabeth , New Jersey United States
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Interview Date: 03/31/2017

Entrepreneur and association branch executive Linda Caldwell Epps was born January 10, 1951 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She graduated from Battin High School in 1969 and went on to attend Rutgers University, where she received her B.A. degree in American and African American studies from in 1973. Epps later earned her M.A. degree in American studies from Seton Hall University. She also received her Ph.D. degree in humanities from Drew University, which is located in Madison, New Jersey.

Epps began working at Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, New Jersey in 1976. Although she began as the vice president of international relations, she would hold the positions of vice president of student affairs, dean of students, and vice president of student relations during her twenty years of service with the institution. In 1990, Epps became the vice president of the Foundation for New Jersey Public Broadcasting, Inc. Epps was hired as the vice president of institutional relations at New Jersey Television and Radio in 2002 and stayed in that position until 2004, when she became the president and chief executive officer of the New Jersey Historical Society. After receiving her Ph.D. degree, Epps became the president and chief executive officer of 1804 Consultants, an organization dedicated to preserving history in New Jersey, in 2011.

In addition to her professional career, Epps has been active in organizations within her community. She has been a member of the Development Board of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Theater Square, has served on the Newark Archives Project’s Board of Advisors, has been the New Jersey President of the National Council of Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, and has been a member of the Leadership New Jersey Fellows Organization. Epps has also participated in the Institute for Higher Education Management program at Harvard University.

Epps has been the recipient of awards that have honored her service to the community as well. She has been awarded the Community Leadership Award from the Montclair YMCA and the Most Distinguished Award from Seton Hall University.

Epps and her husband, Mark Epps, live in Newark, New Jersey. They have two sons, Mark Epps III and Bryan Epps.

Linda Caldwell Epps was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 31, 2017.

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