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Thomas H. Kean

Co-Chair, Task Force on Terrorism and Ideology; Former Governor of New Jersey

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Thomas H. Kean co-chairs BPC’s Task Force on Terrorism and Ideology. He served as governor of New Jersey from 1982 to 1990 and was the president of Drew University from 1990 to 2005. Kean also served as chairman of the 9/11 Commission from 2002 to 2004.

Prior to the governorship, Kean 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 served on several national committees and commissions.

Kean 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 was 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.