MacArthur Fellows Program

William J. Linder

Community Development Leader | Class of 1991

Community Development Leader
Newark, New Jersey
55 at time of award
Published July 1, 1991

About William's Work

William Linder, the pastor of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newark, New Jersey, is initiating community rehabilitation in the city’s Central Ward.

Under Linder’s leadership, the New Community Corporation (NCC) has built more than 3,000 affordable housing units, opened a transitional facility for 102 homeless families, and provided jobs for 2,300 workers.  It has constructed an extended-care facility for Medicaid patients in the neighborhood’s housing area, a daycare center for children with AIDS, senior citizens’ centers, office space, a supermarket (the first in the Central Ward of Newark since the disorders of 1967) which returns two-thirds of its profits to the community, a restaurant, and a gymnasium.  The NCC also offers children a range of developmental opportunities, including the NCC/Newton Street Community School, New Horizons Community Charter School, and a number of after-school and summer-enrichment programs.


Linder founded the New Community Corporation in 1968 and serves as its executive director.  He is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University and at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.  He has served as pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish since 1977.

Linder received an A.B. (1959) from Seton Hall, and an M.A. (1972) and a Ph.D. (1988) from Fordham University.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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