Phoebe Haddon, J.D.

Nominations & Governance Committee

2001 HERS Leadership Institute Alumna

Chancellor Emerita and Professor of Law
Rutgers University-Camden
Camden, NJ

“Women have to imagine themselves in higher education leadership positions; HERS was the first opportunity that offered me the chance to interact with other aspirants and, as a board member, to encourage women faculty and administrators to think expansively.”

Phoebe A. Haddon served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia from 2020-2022, and as a director from 2016-2020. The board oversees the Bank’s direction and performance, and participates in the formulation of the Federal government’s monetary policy.

In June of 2020, Haddon retired from her position as chancellor of Rutgers University – Camden, where was chancellor since July 1, 2014. While there, she was respected nationally as a constitutional scholar and a leader in higher education.

Prior to joining the Rutgers–Camden community, Haddon served as dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, which benefited from the new, transformative academic resources and intellectual vitality that occurred under her leadership. In 2011, the school received a $30 million commitment from the W.P. Carey Foundation, the largest gift ever received by the University and its law school.

Prior to joining UM Carey Law, Haddon served for more than 25 years as a distinguished faculty member at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. An accomplished scholar on constitutional law and tort law, she is the co-author of two casebooks in those fields and has written numerous scholarly articles on equal protection, jury participation, academic freedom and diversity. During her years at Temple, she fought racial and gender bias on the Pennsylvania bench and bar, serving on several state and city bodies, including the City of Philadelphia Board of Ethics. Previously she practiced at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C., and clerked for the Honorable Joseph F. Weis Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Haddon earned an LL.M. from Yale Law School in 1985 and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Duquesne Law Review, in 1977. She received a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in 1972 and served as vice chair of the Smith College Board of Trustees until 2009.