Biography

Catherine B. Freedberg, Ph.D.

Catherine B. Freedberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Freedberg was formerly a director of The First National Bank of Shelby, North Carolina, which was acquired by the Company in 2013. During her tenure at First National Bank, she served on the Executive, Directors’ Loan and Compliance Committees and chaired the Trust and Wealth Committee. Dr. Freedberg’s business interests include acting as advisor and co-trustee to Blanton Farms, LLC, located in Shelby, NC, which is devoted to conservation and timber cultivation, and as the lead partner of Blanton LLC, also in Shelby, NC, which develops and owns commercial real estate. Dr. Freedberg also serves as an officer and director of the Shelby Loan and Mortgage Company, which owns and invests in commercial real estate in North Carolina and Virginia. She is a trustee of the Smith College Museum Art, a former trustee of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School (Washington, DC), founder of the National Gallery of Art’s annual Freedberg Lecture on Italian Art, President of The Banker’s House Foundation board, a Fogg Fellow at the Harvard Art Museums, and a member of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee. She was a Samuel H. Kress Fellow and the Deputy Information Officer at the National Gallery of Art. Dr. Freedberg holds an undergraduate degree from Smith College and a MA and Ph.D. from Harvard University, where she taught in the Department of Art and Architecture.
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