EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Jersey Hall of Fame has announced this year’s class of inductees, among them is East Brunswick’s Linda Bowden. Academy Award-winning actress Anne Hathaway and Superbowl MVP Eli Manning stand alongside her as a few of the 29 inductees nominated this year. “These Garden State heroes perfectly represent what makes our state great,” says Jon Hanson, chairman of the Hall. “It’s our privilege to honor these inductees for their outstanding contributions to our state.” 

Linda Bowden is noted for her work in enterprise, the organization announced. She currently resides as the New Jersey Regional President of PNC Bank following acting as managing director of Wachovia Wealth Management and is on nine board committees of various Jersey-related groups. 

“I would say I’m a Jersey Girl, and I’m incredibly honored and just feel so strongly that this state has so much to offer and it’s nice to be a part of it,” Bowden said. 

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Born in Jersey City, Bowden graduated from high school in Bergen County to pursue an BA in education at Rowan University, an MBA with a concentration in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University, an MA in institutional counseling from William Paterson University, and an MSW from Columbia University. 

Bowden has since been acknowledged as an outstanding female figure in the banking industry. She has previously been named as one of the “25 Women to Watch” by U.S. Banker  and the “Best 50 Women in Business” as well as a “Power 100” by NJBiz

“Being one of the few women, that’s gotta change. We have to have more women to in positions that allow them to be nominated,” she said. 

“We’re the fifth smallest state and yet one of the most highly condensed and densely populated states. People outside of NJ have a lot of fun poking fun at us, but at the same time, people who are true NJ folks really feel strongly that they want to stand up for their state.” 

The annual award ceremony has moved online and will be held virtually on Sunday, October 18, 2020 on television, radio, and social media platforms. 


The induction ceremony is planned fo October 18 due to the pandemic. The Hall of Fame also has plans to open its museum by 2021 at the American Dream Complex in East Rutherford. 


The inductees include:

Arts and Entertainment

• Danny Aiello, Ramsey, actor


• John Amos, Newark, actor


• Mary Chapin Carpenter, Princeton, singer-songwriter


• Ed Harris, Tenafly, actor


• Anne Hathaway, Millburn, actor


• Cissy Houston, Newark, soul and gospel singer


• Ernie Kovacs, Trenton, comedian, actor and writer


• The Nelson Family, Jersey City, stars of "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"


• Flip Wilson, Jersey City, television show host, comedian and actor



• Rick Barry, Roselle Park, former NBA forward


• Gerry Cooney, Fanwood, former boxer


• Eli Manning, Summit, former NFL quarterback


• Robert Mulcahy III, Mendham, Former Rutgers University athletic director


• C. Vivian Stringer, Piscataway, Rutgers women’s basketball coach


Arts and Letters

• Charles Addams, Westfield, "The Addams Family" creator


• Stephen Crane, Newark, author


• Joyce Kilmer, New Brunswick, journalist and poet


• Fran Lebowitz, Morristown, author and public speaker 


• Mort Pye, Tewksbury, newspaper editor


Public Service

• Dr. Virginia Apgar, Westfield, anesthesiologist


• Sister Jane Brady, Paterson, former CEO of St. Joseph’s Health


• Martin Dempsey, Jersey City, former Army general and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff


• Alfred Driscoll, Haddonfield, former New Jersey governor and president of Warner-Lambert


• Milton Friedman, Rahway, economist



• The Borg Family, Hackensack, former newspaper publishers


• Linda Bowden, East Brunswick, Board Chair of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Regional President at PNC Bank


• Fairleigh Dickinson, Rutherford, Co-founder of Becton Dickinson, benefactor of Fairleigh Dickinson University 


• Steve Kalafer, Flemington, Chairman of the Flemington Car and Truck Country Family of Brands


• Joseph Simunovich, West New York, Former Hudson County freeholder director and chairman of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority