Wednesday, December 21, 2016


The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has announced the election of Edward J. Yaw, Ed.D of Convent Station, New Jersey and Edward C. Leithead, IIIof Chatham, New Jersey to its Board of Trustees. Dr. Yaw and Mr. Leithead join a group of twenty two distinguished community volunteers in their new governance roles as Trustees. Under the leadership of Board President Thomas Keffer and Honorary Chairman Thomas H. Kean, the Trustees of The Shakespeare Theatre provide oversight and resources for the Theatre’s finances, operations, and executive staff and enhance the institution’s services and public standing.

Dr. Edward J. Yaw was appointed to the position of President Emeritus of County College of Morris in Randolph, New Jersey effective September 2106. He has been with the County College of Morris since 1980 and assumed the role of President in 1986. County College of Morris is a publicly supported community college dedicated to meeting the needs of area residents and employers for educational advancement and career training. Dr. Yaw is widely respected by his peers and has been elected to serve on various professional and educational councils working with state officials. Dr. Yaw also serves on the Boards of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, Morris County Human Relations Commission, the Urban League of Morris County, and the Morris-Sussex- Warren Counties Workforce Investment Board.

Edward C. Leithead, III is a Compliance Executive and Managing Director with Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. Previously, he was a Director of the U.S. Treasury’s Bureau of the Public Debt. Mr. Leithead and his wife Marybeth are longtime patrons of The Shakespeare Theatre and have been active in leadership roles with The Far Brook. They have two children, Annie, a sophomore at the Pingry School and Teddy, a junior at Dartmouth College.

“Both Ed Leithead and Ed Yaw bring to our Board tremendous enthusiasm for the Theatre and its mission,” stated Thomas Keffer, Board President. “In addition, we will benefit from Dr. Yaw’s long history as an education leader, and Ed Leithead’s expertise in corporate management and financial matters." 

Bonnie J. Monte, the company’s Artistic Director, added, “Both Ed’s will bring unique perspectives and talents to our Board, and we are thrilled they are joining us as we prepare to launch some very exciting new initiatives and campaigns for the Theatre."

The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, serving 100,000 adults and children annually, it is New Jersey’s largest professional theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare’s canon and other world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.

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