On October 6, 2011, the County College of Morris (CCM) Foundation held a special celebration to honor Dr. Edward J. Yaw on the 25th anniversary of his presidency at CCM.
The program featured remarks from Paul Boudreau, president of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce; Rochelle Hendricks, acting Secretary of Higher Education; Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen; and Sister Francis Rafferty, S.C., president of the College of Saint Elizabeth. Presentations by CCM faculty consisted of a musical composition written and performed by Dr. José Beviá, a poem written and read by Professor Sander Zuluaf, and a performance of “Nine” by Professor Marielaine Mammom. A five-minute video tribute
to Dr. Yaw, produced by the CCM Media Center, was also shown.
Since becoming president in 1986, Dr. Yaw has guided CCM’s development to its current status as one of the state’s leading community colleges. As a result of his vision and commitment, CCM has the highest transfer rate to four-year colleges and universities in New Jersey, one of the highest graduation rates in the state, and its students and faculty are regularly presented with awards and honors.
Dr. Yaw also has played an instrumental role in shaping higher education in New Jersey through his work on professional and educational councils. As part of that service, he led the effort to gain enactment of a state-wide transfer agreement to ease the process for students seeking to pursue their education beyond an associate’s degree. An active community leader, he has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Morris County Chamber of Commerce and the Urban League of Morris County, offering his time and expertise to improving the lives of others.