Foundation for The Cancer Institute of New Jersey Expands Leadership Team

Former Red Bank Mayor Named to Board of Trustees
August 6, 2010

New Brunswick, N.J.The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) Foundation has named Edward J. McKenna, Jr., of Red Bank to its Board of Trustees. The CINJ Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to raising funds to support CINJ, which is a Center of Excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. CINJ is New Jersey’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, an elite distinction held by only 40 centers in the country.

Edward J. McKenna, Jr., is the head of the Red Bank law firm of McKenna, DuPont, Higgins and Stone, which he established more than 30 years ago. A noted expert in various areas of law -- including labor and employment law, construction law and matrimonial law -- McKenna represents more than 50 financial institutions and a number of private businesses and real estate developers.  

McKenna is also known as the longest-sitting mayor in the borough of Red Bank, having served in that position from 1990 to 2007.  While mayor, McKenna established Red Bank as a “Special Improvement District,” which enables local, small businesses to establish, manage, and finance themselves through a collective entity.  The establishment of this district is often cited as the birth of Red Bank’s recent revitalization efforts. During his time in office, he also was part of a high-profile collaboration to bring a unique health clinic to the borough known as Parker Health Clinic.  The facility was considered a first-of-its-kind in the nation, where healthcare was provided to anyone in need by healthcare professionals who volunteered their time. 

McKenna, who currently serves as the chair to the New Jersey State Planning Commission, also sits on the Board of Directors of the Red Bank Affordable Housing Corporation.  He holds a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law and currently serves on the boards of numerous community, health and cultural organizations.

About The Cancer Institute of New Jersey

The Cancer Institute of New Jersey ( is the state’s first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated to improving the detection, treatment and care of patients with cancer, and serving as an education resource for cancer prevention. CINJ’s physician-scientists engage in translational research, transforming their laboratory discoveries into clinical practice, quite literally bringing research to life.  To make a tax-deductible gift to support CINJ, call 732-235-8614 or visit CINJ is a Center of Excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. 

The CINJ Network is comprised of hospitals throughout the state and provides a mechanism to rapidly disseminate important discoveries into the community. Flagship Hospital: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Major Clinical Research Affiliate Hospitals: Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Hospital, Cooper University Hospital and Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Affiliate Hospitals: Bayshore Community Hospital, CentraState Healthcare System, JFK Medical Center, Mountainside Hospital, Raritan Bay Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton (CINJ at Hamilton), Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Somerset Medical Center, Southern Ocean County Hospital, The University Hospital/UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School*, and University Medical Center at Princeton. *Academic Affiliate



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