The County College of Morris (CCM) Foundation will host a program and dinner on Thursday evening, October 6, at the college to honor Dr. Edward J. Yaw on the 25th anniversary of his presidency at CCM.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Dragonetti Auditorium with remarks from public officials and other dignitaries, and will include a five-minute video tribute to Dr. Yaw, who became president of CCM in September 1986. Invited guests include Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, New Jersey’s Acting Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks, former Governor Thomas H. Kean, State Senator Anthony Bucco, Freeholder Director William Chegwidden and Elaine Johnson, chair of the CCM Board of Trustees.
Chairing the event are Paul Boudreau, president of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce; Sister Frances Raftery, president of the College of St. Elizabeth; and Dr. J. Michael Adams, president of Fairleigh Dickinson University. The event will also include musical performances by faculty of the college’s Music, Dance and Performing Arts Department. The program portion of the evening is free and open to the public.
At 8 p.m., following the program, the CCM Foundation will host a dinner honoring Dr. Yaw in the Davidson rooms of the Student Community Center. Tickets for the dinner are $150, with all proceeds supporting the college’s general scholarship fund.
“A quarter century is a significant milestone – whether in the life of an individual, an institution or a term of leadership,” said Joseph Vitale, president of the CCM Foundation. “Here in Morris County, we have been privileged to have as a member of this community, a man who has contributed enormously – not only to the academic life of this county – but to its quality of life.”
Since becoming president, 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 one of the highest transfer rates of any community college in New Jersey, one of the highest graduation rates in the state, and its students and faculty are regularly presented with awards and honors. Late last year, in recognition of the regard in which the college is held, CCM was named “Morris County’s Best Educational Institution” by the readers of the Morris County Daily Record.
Dr. Yaw 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.
Tickets or reservations for the program at 7 p.m. are not required. Those interested in attending the dinner at 8 p.m. should contact the County College of Morris Foundation at 973- 328-5060. Tickets, sponsorships and ads in the commemorative ad journal also may be purchased online at www.ccm.edu/donate/yaw.asp