Schweiker Announces Resignation of Children's Partnership Executive Director Clay Yeager
...Mark Schweiker today announced the resignation of Clay Yeager, executive director of both the Governor's Community Partnership for Safe Children (Children's Partnership) and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
has accepted the position of director of public affairs with Purdue Pharma LP
, a pharmaceutical company in Stamford, Conn.
"Under Clay Yeager's leadership, the Children's Partnership has flourished and, more importantly, children's lives have been changed for the better," Gov.
"In communities across this Commonwealth, children are succeeding in school, babies are getting a healthy start in life, troubled teenagers have mentors, and families are stronger because of the work of the Children's Partnership
and of Clay Yeager
"I am grateful for the many years of service that Clay
has given to Pennsylvania, and I wish him and his
family the best for a bright and successful future."
In 1997, former Gov.Tom Ridge appointed Yeager to serve as executive director of the newly created Children's Partnership, which was established with one purpose in mind -- to reduce violence committed by and against Pennsylvania youth.
In this role, Yeager
advised the Governor and key government officials on policy issues impacting juvenile justice, youth-violence prevention, public safety and the importance of introducing research-based prevention strategies into public policy.
leadership, the Children's Partnership
created a statewide "Communities That Care" violence-prevention network that is active in 58 counties.The Children's Partnership
works with communities to help them identify the risk factors that are negatively impacting their youth -- drug and alcohol abuse, economic deprivation, illiteracy, and the availability of weapons -- and implement science-based programs that have been proven effective at reducing those risks. "Clay Yeager has been an exceptional public servant, and I consider it a privilege to have worked closely with him," said First Lady Kathy Schweiker, who serves as Chair of the Children's Partnership.
will be greatly missed, I have no doubt that the citizens of this Commonwealth will continue to benefit from his
outstanding vision and leadership for many years to come."
In August, the Ridge-Schweiker Administration created the state's first Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention, housed at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
, and named Yeager
as its director. Yeager also was named project director of the 33-member Early Childhood Care and Education Task Force that was created by Gov.
...Yeager began his career as a juvenile probation officer in Columbia County in 1974, and two years later was promoted to Chief Juvenile Probation Officer.
In 1984, he
was hired as the Juvenile Court Judges'
Commission training director at the Center for Juvenile Justice Training and Research
, housed at Shippensburg University
.He later became the Center's executive director and oversaw the many responsibilities including training, education and research of Pennsylvania's juvenile-justice system.