Edward J. Shanahan has been in secondary and post-secondary education in New England for over 40 years. From 1972 to 1981, he was Dean of Students and member of the faculty at Wesleyan University; then he became Dean of College and member of faculty at Dartmouth College, from 1981 to 1991, and in the last 20 years till 2011, Dr. Shanahan was Headmaster of Choate Rosemary Hall. He has also served as Chair of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE), and later as President of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). He is the Founding President of Keystone Academy, in addition to being the Executive Director of the Eight Schools Association (ESA), a consortium of distinguished New England boarding schools, as well as a Life Trustee of Choate Rosemary Hall. And for the last decade, Dr. Shanahan has been presiding over the Board of Directors of the Icahn Foundation for Greater Opportunity.