Dr. Edward J. Yaw, president of County College of Morris (CCM), announced on May 13 that he has informed the CCM Board of Trustees that he will not seek renewal of his contract when it expires in August 2016.
Yaw told the college community of his decision at CCM’s spring Professional Day for faculty and staff.
“I want to express my deep sense of gratitude for what we have been able to accomplish here,” said Yaw. “I am especially proud of our faculty. It is because of their dedication that our academic programs are so widely recognized in the state and even around the nation.”
Yaw was appointed the second president of the college in 1986, following the retirement of CCM’s first president, Dr. Sherman H. Masten. Yaw first joined CCM in 1980 as Dean of Academic Affairs. Prior to that, he served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Adelphi University in New York.
Under his leadership, CCM has become one of the state’s leading community colleges. As a result of his vision and guidance, the college has one of the highest combined transfer and graduation rates among community colleges in New Jersey. Students and faculty also are regularly presented with awards and honors for their accomplishments.
In addition, Yaw has played an instrumental role in shaping higher education in New Jersey through his work on professional and educational councils. During his service as chair of the New Jersey Presidents Council – representing all of the state’s colleges and universities – he led the effort to enact a statewide transfer agreement to ease the process for students seeking to pursue their educations beyond an associate 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.
Yaw earned his Ed.D. from Columbia University, his M.S. from Southern Illinois University and his B.A. from Harpur College, SUNY Binghamton.Photo Credit: Life in MoPhoto