Oral history interview with Thomas H. Kean, 2013


Kean, Thomas H. (Interviewee)
Grele, Ronald J (Interviewer)
Clark, Mary Marshall (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Thomas H. Kean, 2013
Path to position on board of Carnegie Corporation of New York: work on topic of education during governorship; McKinsey & Company report; involvement of trustees in grantmaking; process of hiring Vartan Gregorian as president of Carnegie Corporation: search committee, impressions of Vartan Gregorian, comparison with David A. Hamburg; communication: board involvement in policy, national and internat ional presence; role of board chairman; comparison with other nonprofit boards; work as chair of 9/11 Commission: influence of Carnegie leadership experience, advantage of background outside national security; return to Carnegie board in 2005; board involvement in investments; development of trustee ethics code; second term as chairman: reorganization of committees, discussion of meeting structure; centennial celebration: reconnection with Carnegie family and Carnegie institutions; personal and organizational philosophy of risk in grantmaking; program review under Vartan Gregorian: staff turnover, Carnegie legacy, history; education programming: collaboration with Gates Foundation, importance of teacher education and recognition, racial and economic inequality in American school systems, special program for New York City schools; democracy programming: efforts to increase voter registration, importance of civic education; Islam Initiative; impact of Carnegie Corporation; future of philanthropy.
Collection Name
Carnegie Corporation project. Part 3
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001; Politicians--United States; Endowments--Officials and employees; Educational change--United States; Kean, Thomas H; Carnegie Corporation of New York; National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States; New Jersey. Office of the Governor
oral histories
Physical Description
153 pages; 1 digital audio file (85 min.); 1 digital audio file (47 min.); 1 digital video file
Note (Biographical)
Governor of New Jersey (1982-1990) and Trustee of Carnegie Corporation of New York
Interviewed by Ronald J. Grele on May 22 and June 14, 2012 and by Mary Marshall Clark on August 13, 2013.
Note (Provenance)
Thomas H. Kean, Gift 2015
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Carnegie Corporation Oral History Project [Staging]
Oral History Archives at Columbia
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