Thomas H. Kean is former governor of New Jersey (1982 to 1990) and was the president of Drew University from 1990 to 2005. Kean also served for ten years in the New Jersey Assembly, rising to the positions of majority leader, minority leader, and speaker. As 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. While president of Drew, Kean has served on several national committees and commissions. He headed the American delegation to the UN 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 the President's Initiative on Race. He also served on the National Endowment for Democracy. He currently sits on several corporate boards, including ARAMARK, Hess Corporation, Pepsi Bottling Group and Franklin Templeton Investments.
He holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College, as well as more than 25 honorary degrees and numerous awards from environmental and educational organizations.
- Statement: Statement by 9/11 Commission Chairs Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton
- Video: Opening remarks during the release of Threat Assessment report
- USA TODAY: Kean/Hamilton: Terror threat far different from 2001 | Today, the threat of terrorism is dramatically different from 2001. The leadership of al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan has been decimated by drone strikes. Affiliates in Yemen and Somalia have also suffered significant losses as a result of counterterrorism operations. The threat, however, is evolving, as outlined in a report, "Jihadist Terrorism: A Threat Assessment," which we are releasing Monday through a project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, which we co-chair.
- The Wall Street Journal: Diffuse Terror Groups Said to Be a Threat to U.S. | Al Qaeda has become more diffuse—much of its core structure has been weakened, but it has expanded through a number of regional affiliate groups, according to a threat assessment from the Bipartisan Policy Center's Homeland Security Project, which is chaired by former Sept. 11 commission chiefs Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton.