Thomas Kean

  • Chairman, 9/11 Commission 2002-2004
  • President of Drew University, 1990-2005
  • Governor of New Jersey, 1982-1990

Only a true leader could step into a position as daunting as Chairman of the bi-partisan 9/11 Commission to successfully emerge as a unifier and consensus-builder.

 
  

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Lessons Learned- 9/11 and the War on Terror

Governor Kean shares the 9/11 Commission’s findings and answers how our national security was so severely compromised on 9/11. This insightful presentation illustrates the significant measures that our government must take to prevent future attacks and protect our homeland security. ...

Governor Kean shares the 9/11 Commission’s findings and answers how our national security was so severely compromised on 9/11. This insightful presentation illustrates the significant measures that our government must take to prevent future attacks and protect our homeland security.

Are We Ready? Report Card for Post 9/11 America

Are federal, state and local governments implementing the much sought after recommendations provided by the 9/11 Commission’s official report? How will the grades affect our national security and the international business scene? ...

Are federal, state and local governments implementing the much sought after recommendations provided by the 9/11 Commission’s official report? How will the grades affect our national security and the international business scene?

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Biography

On December 16, 2002, Tom Kean was named by President George W. Bush to head the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. The Commission’s work culminated on July 22, 2004, with the release of the 9/11 Commission Report, which quickly became a national bestseller. Its recommendations resulted in the largest intelligence reform in the nation’s history. Gov. Kean currently serves as the Chairman of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, a nonprofit entity created with private funds to continue the Commission’s work of guarding against future attacks.

As Governor, Tom Kean was rated among America’s most effective state leaders by Newsweek magazine; noted for tax cuts that spurred 750,000 new jobs; a federally replicated welfare reform program; landmark environmental policies; and more than 30 education reforms. He delivered the keynote address at the 1988 Republican National Convention. He was re-elected for a second term by the largest margin in state history. While Governor, he served on the President’s Education Policy Advisory Committee and as chair of the Education Commission of the States and the National Governor’s Association Task Force on Teaching. He remains one of the most popular governors in New Jersey’s history.

Tom Kean served as president of Drew University from 1990 until 2005. During his 15-year tenure, he focused on shaping Drew into one of the nation’s leading small liberal arts universities by stressing the primacy of teaching, the creative use of technology in the liberal arts, and the importance of international education. During Kean’s presidency, applications to Drew increased by more than 40%; the endowment nearly tripled; and more than $60 million was committed to construction of new buildings and renovation of older buildings, principally student residence halls.

Gov. Kean served on several national committees and commissions. He headed the American delegation to the U.N. Conference on Youth in Thailand, served as Vice Chairman of the American delegation to the World Conference on Women in Beijing, and served as a member of President Clinton’s Initiative on Race. He also served on the National Endowment for Democracy. He holds more than 30 honorary degrees and numerous awards from environmental and educational organizations.

Tom Kean currently serves as chairman of the board of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest health philanthropy. In addition, he serves on a number of corporate boards and is chair of the Newark Alliance and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, and is the former chair of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Educate America, and the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation. Governor Kean is currently the Chairman of the Board for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

He holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College and has served as a trustee of both institutions. Gov. Kean is the author of The Politics of Inclusion, published by The Free Press. He writes a regular column for The Star-Ledger with former Governor Brendan Byrne and appears as a regular commentator on New Jersey Network News. His wife is the former Deborah Bye of Wilmington, Delaware. The Keans have twin sons, Tom and Reed, and a daughter, Alexandra, and reside in Bedminster, New Jersey.