Thomas H. Kean is Elected Board Chair of Carnegie Corporation of New York

Carnegie Corporation of New York today announced that Thomas H. Kean, former Governor of New Jersey, has been unanimously elected Chair of the Board of Trustees. He succeeds Janet Robinson, former president and CEO of The New York Times Company, who is stepping down from the Board, having completed her eight years of trusteeship. 

Kurt Schmoke, Dean of Howard University Law School and former Mayor of Baltimore, continues to serve as Vice Chair.  

Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation of New York, commented, “We are indebted to Janet Robinson for the past eight years of service on our Board, especially for the time she devoted as Chair. We are grateful for her immeasurable insights into our education program and our journalism initiative, as well as for her work with the Investment Management Committee and the Planning and Finance Committee, which she chaired. Her contributions to our discussions and our deliberations will be missed, but we are confident that she will continue to be part of the Carnegie family.”

Gregorian continued, “As Janet Robinson returns the gavel to Governor Kean, we welcome him back to the Board and the Chairman’s chair with a glad heart. Governor Kean was first elected a member of the Carnegie Corporation Board of Trustees in 1990, and in the intervening years he has been a dedicated and unwavering advocate of Andrew Carnegie’s mandate to do ‘real and permanent good in this world.’ We look forward to once again benefiting from his leadership and from his wisdom and experience in education, international affairs, and philanthropy.” 

Governor Kean stepped down as board chair in March 2012, serving for the past twelve months as an honorary trustee.

About Carnegie Corporation of New York 


Carnegie Corporation of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation’s work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strengthening of our democracy.