Freeholder Van Doren to Receive RVCC Distinguished Alumni Award

Monday, April 22, 2019
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Shaun C. Van Doren is the recipient of Raritan Valley Community College’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Van Doren will receive the honor at the College’s Academic Awards Ceremony on May 15.

The RVCC Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes living RVCC alumni for their professional, public, and community-based accomplishments. These individuals exemplify the values and spirt of RVCC and serve as exemplary role models for current and future students. The award honors individuals who have made an exceptional impact on their profession and community.

“The RVCC Distinguished Alumni Award is a well-deserved tribute to Shaun Van Doren. The award recognizes his decades of service to the people of Tewksbury and Hunterdon County, as well as his dedication to supporting community organizations that strengthen and enrich the quality of life in our communities,” said RVCC President Michael J. McDonough.

A member of the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Van Doren is a Senior Specialist, Safety & the Environment, for Merck & Co., Inc.

An eighth-generation resident of Oldwick in Tewksbury Township, Van Doren served as Mayor of Tewksbury Township in 2014, 2007 and 2001, and was a Township Committee Member from 1997-2017. He has been the Township Historian since 1994.

His many leadership roles in volunteer service also include serving as President and Secretary of the Tewksbury Historical Society; a Trustee of the 200 Club of Hunterdon County, Inc.; and as Director and Treasurer of New Jersey Planning Officials. He also has been active with the Hunterdon County Agricultural Development Board and the Tewksbury Township Land Use and Planning Boards.

A member of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce since 2005, Van Doren was recognized as the Chamber’s Municipal Leader in 2007. He also was honored as Tewksbury Township Citizen of the Year in 2005 and 1990, and received the Senator Bill Bradley Young Citizens Award in 1990.

After graduating from RVCC with an Associate of Science Degree in Chemistry, Van Doren received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) and a Master of Science Degree in Project Management from Stevens Institute of Technology. He also graduated from the Municipal Elected Officials Certificate Program, Rutgers University Center for Government Services.

Ranked by,, and as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to a Planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory; a 1,000-seat Theatre offering professional performances for all ages; and an Honors College for high achieving students.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit



April 22, 2019

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