NEW BRUNSWICK/PISCATAWAY, N.J. Ė Former Gov. Thomas H. Kean, chair of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States and its nonprofit successor, the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, will address the Class of 2006 at the 240th Commencement at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Wednesday, May 17.
President Richard L. McCormick will confer an estimated 11,269 degrees during 1:30 p.m. ceremonies on Voorhees Mall, the block-long green dotted with stately elm trees and the historic heart of Rutgersí College Avenue campus in New Brunswick.
As governor (1982 to 1990), Kean was rated among Americaís most effective state leaders by Newsweek magazine. He was noted for his tax cuts that spurred 750,000 new jobs, a federally replicated welfare reform program, landmark environmental policies and more than 30 education reforms. He was elected for a second term by the largest margin in New Jersey history.
A Republican, Kean also served for 10 years in the state General Assembly, rising to the positions of majority leader, minority leader and speaker.
While governor, Kean served on the Presidentís Education Policy Advisory Committee and as chair of the Education Commission of the States and the National Governors Association Task Force on Teaching.
Kean was president of Drew University from 1990 to 2005. During his tenure, he focused on shaping Drew into one of the nationís 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.
While leading the Madison, N.J.-based school, he participated on several national committees and commissions. He headed the American delegation to the U.N. Conference on Youth in Thailand, served as vice chair of the American delegation to the World Conference on Women in Beijing and was a member of the Presidentís Initiative on Race, among others.
Kean is board chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nationís largest health philanthropy. He also serves on several corporate boards and is chair of the Newark Alliance and the National Campaign to prevent Teen Pregnancy. He is the former chair of the Carnegie Corp. of New York, Educate America and the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation. He is a member on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund.
Kean was the 2005 Clifford P. Case Professor of Public Affairs at Rutgers. He earned a bachelorís degree from Princeton University and a masterís degree from Columbia Universityís Teachers College.
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