Tom is the former Chief Executive Officer of Kaplan, Inc., a leading global educational services company. Previously, as the Mayor of Dallas, Texas from 2007 to 2011, he pursued a strong education agenda, creating programs for early reading that touched over 60,000 children locally, as well as internships in concert with area businesses to demonstrate the importance of education, and scholarship programs targeted at graduating students in underserved Dallas high schools. He donated his mayoral salary to scholarships.
Leppert’s public career followed 30 years of leading major national and international corporations in the areas of construction, financial services, homebuilding and real estate. He served as the Chairman and CEO of The Turner Corporation, the nation’s largest general building company. From 1999 to 2006, he led Turner into new markets, doubled its revenues and initiated Turner University, an innovative internal, online training program for its 7,000 plus employees.