LITTLE FALLS, NJ - The Passaic Valley High School Board of Education has a new board member, Dr. Charles Cathcart, who was appointed at the Feb. 28 meeting.

Cathcart took over Anthony Sgobba's seat, who stepped down due to his recent election to the Little Falls Township Council. Cathcart will finish off Sgobba's term and will seek election in November.

"We're very enthusiastic that Dr. Cathcart has joined us," Superintendent Dr. JoAnn Cardillo said. "He is very committed to working at improving the programs here at the high school, and also in developing new programs. He has always been interested in education as a young person. He set out to become a mathematics teacher but wound up becoming a doctor."

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Cathcart graduated high school from Wellesley High School in Massachusetts and went on to receive his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Boston University, where he also received his medical degree. He then did his training in radiation oncology at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, where he became board certified.

He worked for almost two decades at the New Jersey Medical School at Rutgers, formerly UMDNJ. He then moved over to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center where he became the chairman of radiation oncology. His current position is as chief clinical officer of the hospital.

A resident of Little Falls since 1988, Cathcart is the married father of six children, three of which have graduated Passaic Valley High School. He spoke after the recent board meeting.

"I'm so excited to be appointed to this board," he said. "In fact, I'm as excited as with any position that I've been appointed to. I've had several of my kids attend here and graduate, and my wife is also a graduate of this high school. I'm very much looking forward to it and am dedicated to staying on for as long as I can."