The Board of Advisers of the Palisades Institute of Dominican College is pleased to announce that former County Executive, C. Scott Vanderhoef, will join the board as a Co-Chair alongside founding Chair, James E. Hennessy.
“We are pleased to welcome Scott to the board of advisors,” stated Vincent Frankel, Executive Director of the Palisades Institute. “His extensive background, including strong executive experience in community building, will be a terrific resource as we support the organizations in Rockland County and the surrounding region in achieving long term success.”
Vanderhoef is an attorney specializing in Environmental Law. Connected to the people of Rockland County as a native, a public servant, and a volunteer, he served as Rockland’s County Executive from 1994 to 2013. In that role, Mr. Vanderhoef built on his deep connection to the County and its people. He used his knowledge of the environment to create the Open Space Preservation Program which led to the creation of four new parks including Haverstraw Bay County Park. He also worked with communities to plan for well-reasoned land use, commissioned the first new comprehensive master plan in more than 25 years, and supported the rehabilitation of many of Rockland’s downtowns. Along with Legislator Harriet Cornell and a young group of community leaders, Vanderhoef supported the establishment of the first countywide “Schools of the 21st Century Collaborative for Children and Youth” in the nation. He was instrumental in the founding of Leadership Rockland and his service to other community organizations has been prolific.
Mr. Vanderhoef has earned degrees in history, education, and law. He has published scholarly articles on environmental and land planning issues and has taught an environmental law course at St. Thomas Aquinas College. He has also taught as a guest lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Vanderhoef received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Dominican College in 1995 and a Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Thomas Aquinas College in 1999.
The Palisades Institute was created in 1990 as part of Dominican College of Blauvelt, New York to serve for-profit, government, and not-for-profit organizations in Rockland and Orange counties in New York, Bergen and Passaic counties in New Jersey, and other nearby areas. The aim of the Institute is to assist leaders to advance their organizations in achieving greater long-term success by providing them with professional development and information on the subject of Leadership, Quality, and Ethics – especially the integration of those concepts. The Palisades Institute offers seminars and workshops which address issues related to the integration of the principles from a variety of perspectives.