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academic administrator , Governor of New Jersey

Thomas Howard Kean was American academic administrator, former Governor of New Jersey. Recipient Public Service award, Rutgers University, New Jersey, 2006. Board directors World Wildlife Fund/Conservation Foundation; Fellow: American Academy Arts & Sciences; member: New Jersey Audubon Society, New Jersey History Society, Alpha Phi Omega.


Kean, Thomas Howard was born on April 21, 1935 in New York City. Son of Robert W. and Elizabeth (Stuyvesant) Kean.


AB, Princeton University, New Jersey, 1957. Master of Arts, Columbia University Teachers College, New York City, 1963. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 2005.


Member New Jersey General Assembly, 1967-1977, assistant majority leader, 1970—1971, majority leader, 1971—1972, speaker, 1972—1974, minority leader, 1974. Acting governor State of New Jersey, Trenton, 1973, governor, 1982—1989. President Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, 1990—2005, retired, 2005.

Board trustees Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, since 1990, chairman board trustees, since 2005. Board directors Hess Corporation, since 1990, UnitedHealth Group, since 1993, Aramark Ltd., since 1994, Franklin Resources Inc., since 2003, Pepsi Bottling Group, 1999—2007, Cork Institute of Technology Group Inc., 1999—2007. General partner Quad Partners, New York City, since 2000.

Chairman National Commission Terrorist Attacks Upon United States (The 9-11 Commission), 2002—2004. Served in 50th Armored Division United States Army.


Board directors World Wildlife Fund/Conservation Foundation. Fellow: American Academy Arts & Sciences. Member: New Jersey Audubon Society, New Jersey History Society, Alpha Phi Omega.


Married Deborah Bye; children: Thomas Junior, Reed, Alexandra.

Robert W. Kean

Elizabeth (Stuyvesant) Kean

Deborah Bye

Thomas Junior Kean

Reed Kean

Alexandra Kean