Tuesday, April 21, 2015

To Governor Tom Kean On His 80th Birthday!

Happy Birthday
Governor Tom Kean!

Thomas Kean, the former governor of New Jersey (1982-1990) and former president of Drew University, 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. 

In the aftermath of the atrocity of September 11, 2001, Governor Kean chaired the national 9/11 Commission which made recommendations to protect America from future terrorist attacks.

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 was chair of the Newark Alliance and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and chaired the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Educate America, and the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation.

Kean has served on the board of a number of organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund. 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.

Now 80 years young, Tom Kean remains one of the greatest governors in New jersey history.

We're proud to have voted for him twice -- the first time when he won the closest gubernatorial election in New Jersey history and the second time when he won the biggest landslide in New Jersey history.

Tom Kean remains one of the greatest governors ever and one of the most decent, honorable, dedicated, honest public servants we've ever known. His life, his work, his dedication and his demeanor define the word "statesman."

Happy Birthday, Governor -- and many, many more!

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