Andrew H. Card Jr.

Franklin Pierce University
Board of Trustees
announce
Andrew H. Card Jr.
as the University's
5th President.

"It is an honor to lead this pioneering university. Franklin Pierce offers a high quality education in a unique setting—and has done so for more than half a century. Franklin Pierce has always been the small school with big achievements. I am proud to join this hardworking community."

Franklin Pierce University President-elect Andrew H. Card

President-elect Introduction

About the President-elect

Andrew H. Card Jr., former White House chief of staff, former Franklin Pierce trustee, and most recently acting dean of the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, announced as Franklin Pierce University's fifth president.

Andrew Card has enjoyed a distinguished career, beginning in the mid-70s when he was elected to the Massachusetts State Legislature. A few years later he was tapped by President Ronald Reagan to serve as deputy assistant to the president and director of intergovernmental affairs. Card later served in President George H. W. Bush's administration as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, where he managed the daily operations of the White House. He would go on to be the 11th U.S. secretary of transportation before being selected by then President-elect George W. Bush to be White House Chief of Staff, a position he held for nearly six years, making him the second longest serving chief of staff in modern history.

Most recently, Card was acting dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, a position he held for several years. He was also executive director in the Office of the Provost.

A native of Holbrook, Massachusetts, Card is very familiar with Franklin Pierce University. He previously served on the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees, helping to develop the university’s program in mass communication, named after fellow Franklin Pierce trustee, Marlin Fitzwater. He is the recipient of many honorary degrees, including one from Franklin Pierce University in 2002.

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"Simply put, Andy Card is not only one of the most dedicated and remarkable public servants we know he is, in fact, one of the very finest people we know, period. He has tackled numerous important jobs for our nation, and always shown himself to be an inclusive leader of strength, boundless energy and total integrity. Of course, my George was thrilled with the way Andy stepped in as a very successful and widely admired Dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M, and we know he will bring that same sense of purpose and inspiration to “Pierce.” If he had to leave Texas A&M, and we genuinely hate to see him leave, I couldn't be more pleased it was to lead Franklin Pierce University -- going from "41" to "14," you might say!"

Barbara Pierce Bush, former First Lady of the United States and distant relative of Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States

"Andy recruited me to the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees in 1997, and a year later hosted the fundraising dinner gala in Washington that resulted in the Fitzwater Center for Communication at the University. During the last 30 years he has worked for three Presidents and Texas A&M, yet he expressed his interest in the Franklin Pierce presidency as soon as it was available. We are extremely fortunate to have his creative and energetic leadership in the academic life of Franklin Pierce University."

Marlin Fitzwater, Founder of the Fitzwater Center for Communication

"The Board of Trustees at Franklin Pierce is very wise to have chosen Andy Card to assume the Presidency of the University. He's a seasoned leader who knows the school and can bring people together to solve problems. He'll be a good fit for the Monadnock region. "

Heather Wilson, native of Keene and Fitzwilliam, NH; Former Member of Congress; President, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

"We are extremely proud that Franklin Pierce can attract a leader like Andy Card, who brings extraordinary experience and leadership to Franklin Pierce. He also brings a strong vision for the university, one that will serve our students, staff, and faculty very well."

Michael C.J. Fallon, Chairman Board of Trustees
 

"I had the pleasure of serving with Andy Card on the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees in the mid to late 90s. We spent many hours discussing the future of the college and the direction our institution needed to take. Andy knows Pierce's heritage and appreciates the aspirations of our students. As a native of Massachusetts, he knows the New England culture and the hard working families of this region. Andy's career rose to great heights, but he is known for his firm commitment to community and family values. He understands our alumni. With open arms, we welcome Andy back to Franklin Pierce. "

Lloyd Astmann ’69, former chairman and current member of the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees

"Franklin Pierce University and the State of New Hampshire are fortunate to have someone of Secretary Card's obvious talent and years of distinguished public service at the highest levels of government providing leadership in today's changing world of higher education. He will add another storied chapter to the university's rich history and important mission. In his years of public service he earned the confidence of two Presidents and the respect of a nation. It will be an honor to have him here. He will add real value as he always has in the many important roles he has played."

John T. Broderick Jr., Executive Director Warren B. Rudman Center
 

"I’ve known Andy Card for 35 years and watched with admiration as his leadership skills have grown and sharpened. A long time champion of education, Andy has always been a solver of problems and a collegial person who works hard to build consensus and listen to others. I was delighted when I heard he was becoming president of Franklin Pierce, a jewel of New Hampshire's higher education community. Andy will do a terrific job taking the university to its next level. Through his leadership, and his ability to collaborate with higher education and business colleagues throughout the Granite State, I'm confident Franklin Pierce University will play a significant role contributing to a learned and skill based workforce, redefining and reinvigorating the New Hampshire advantage for the 21st century."

J. Bonnie Newman, former interim president of the University of New Hampshire and Chancellor Emeritus of the Community College System of New Hampshire

"Franklin Pierce University has made a wise choice with Andy Card as its next President. In selecting Andy Card, the Franklin Pierce community will have a well respected public servant who cares deeply for student success and who understands the importance of higher education in society today. I have had the privilege of knowing Andy Card for many years and have always been impressed with his keen mind, integrity and commitment to the public good.

As a native of nearby Gardner, MA I have known the importance of Franklin Pierce to the region and am excited that Andy's unfailing energy and talents will be present in the region.

And, as a college president, I look forward to his engagement with higher ed issues. I am confident that the students, faculty, staff and alums will quickly come to see the committed leadership of Andy Card and his considerable talent in bringing people together to solve problems.

I congratulate the Board of Trustees for their inspired choice and look forward to watching Franklin Pierce."

Mark D Gearan, President, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

"He has a solid relationship with the board, which may also serve as a conduit for communication with the faculty, which can improve. Professionally, he has experience in education and in high level politics. This should serve the University well from an organizational and fiscal perspective."

Andrew Hatchett, Associate Professor and President of the Rindge Faculty Senate, Franklin Pierce University

I think he’s going to be very good for the university. He’s going to bring in new ideas and new eyes, which is something that we need. I think that this is a great decision by the board of trustees."

Aaron Dupuis, Vice President, Student Government Association, Franklin Pierce University

In the News

Boston Globe:
Andrew Card goes from Beacon Hill to academia, with a stop at the White House

Friday, Dec 05, 2014


Given his polished political pedigree, Andrew Card may seem an unlikely pick to serve as a leader of academia in rural New Hampshire...

KBTX:
Barbara Bush Congratulates Card on University Presidential Selection

Thursday, Dec 04, 2014 11:37 AM EST


A former First Lady is congratulating the former dean of the school named after the First Lady's husband.

Barbara Bush:
Former First Lady, Barbara Bush, Statement on Andy Card

Thursday, Dec 04, 2014 8:41 AM EST


Former First Lady, Barbara Bush, released a statement today congratulating Franklin Pierce on the selection of Andrew Card as our next president

The Keene Sentinel:
Card a coup for Franklin Pierce

Wednesday, Dec 03, 2014 12:00 PM EST


Normally, it wouldn’t be especially big news that a mid-sized, private, liberal arts university in New Hampshire had hired as its next president a former acting dean from Texas A&M University. Well, it might be big news here, given that the New Hampshire university is Franklin Pierce University in Rindge. [Editorial]

WMUR Manchester:
Franklin Pierce community meets new president

Monday, Dec 01, 2014 6:04 PM EST


RINDGE, N.H. — Faculty and students at Franklin Pierce University met the university's next president Monday. [Video + Article]

New York Daily News:
George W. Bush's former chief of staff, Andy Card, heads to academia

Nov 25, 2014


Card, 67, will leave Texas A&M University to serve as President of Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH.

Boston Globe:
Andrew Card to become president of Franklin Pierce

Nov 25, 2014


Andrew Card, former longtime chief of staff under President George W. Bush, was named president of Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday. The small, private school in Rindge, N.H., said that the Holbrook native would become the fifth person to lead the ...

Huffington Post:
Andrew Card Named Franklin Pierce University President

Nov 25, 2014


RINDGE, N.H. (AP) -- Former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card has been named Franklin Pierce University's fifth president. Card, a former Franklin Pierce trustee, starts Jan. 12, the university announced Tuesday. He succeeds James Birge, who …

ABC News:
Andrew Card to Lead Franklin Pierce University

Nov 25, 2014


Former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card has been named Franklin Pierce University's fifth president. Card, a former Franklin Pierce trustee, starts Jan. 12. He succeeds James Birge, who became president in 2009 and announced his intent to resign ...

The Keene Sentinel:
Franklin Pierce University names Andrew Card as new president

Nov 25, 2014


Andy Hatchett, an associate professor and coordinator of Franklin Pierce's health sciences program, pointed to Card's experience as a board of trustee for the university, as well as a dean for Texas A&M as evidence Card will be good for the university.

Monadnock Ledger Transcript:
FPU names new president

Nov 25, 2014


White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card leans on U.S. President George W. Bush's chair in the Oval Office of the White House Oct. 1, 2003, while the President meets with Pakistan's Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali. Purchase photo reprints at Photo ...

WMUR Manchester:
Andrew Card named president of Franklin Pierce University

Nov 25, 2014


Card, a former Franklin Pierce trustee, starts Jan. 12, 2015, succeeding James Birge, who became president in 2009 and announced his intent to resign last summer. Card was most recently acting dean of the George H.W. Bush School of Government and ...

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Franklin Pierce University

Press Release

Franklin Pierce University Names Andrew Card as Next President

November 25, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Wolken
Executive Director of Marketing & Communications
(603) 899-4343

Andrew H. Card, former White House chief of staff, former Franklin Pierce trustee, and most recently acting dean of the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, today was introduced as Franklin Pierce University’s fifth president.
 
“Andy brings extraordinary experience and leadership to the presidency. He brings a strong vision for Franklin Pierce, one that will serve our students, staff, and faculty very well,” said Michael C. J. Fallon, chairman of the board of trustees. “His experience running the prestigious Bush school and his intimate knowledge of Franklin Pierce from his years on the board were very attractive to the board when making the decision.”

“I am honored to join Franklin Pierce at this important time in its history,” said Card. “Since my time as a trustee, Franklin Pierce has undergone significant changes, including earning University status, adding well respected graduate programs, and offering students the flexibility and efficiency of online classes. I am excited to return to Franklin Pierce, which has been a leader in integrating liberal arts with professional preparation. That’s a strong foundation from which to build.”

Card is a native of Holbrook, Mass., and served on Franklin Pierce’s Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2000. “As a former board member, Andy understands that Franklin Pierce is a small school with big ambitions,” said Fallon. “He’s the leader that this university needs at this juncture in our history, one who can guide Franklin Pierce to a new era of excellence and growth.” 

Card was elected to Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1975 and served until 1983. Card went on to serve in President Reagan's administration in various roles, including deputy assistant to the president and director of intergovernmental affairs, where he was liaison to governors, state legislators, mayors, and other elected officials.

From 1988 to 1992, Card served in President George H. W. Bush's administration as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, where he managed the daily operations of the White House. From 1992 until 1993, Card served as the 11th U.S. secretary of transportation. In August 1992, at the request of President Bush, Card coordinated the Administration's disaster relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Andrew. Later that year, Card directed President Bush's office during the transition from the Bush administration to the Clinton administration. From 1993 to 1998, Card was president and chief executive officer of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association.

On November 26, 2000, Card was appointed chief of staff to President-elect George W. Bush. Card's last day as chief of staff was April 14, 2006, making him the second-longest serving White House chief of staff. From 2011 to 2014, Card served as acting dean at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and as executive director in the Office of the Provost.

Card replaces outgoing president James F. Birge, who served since 2008 and had announced his intent to resign last summer.  Dr. Birge announced last­ month that his last day as president will be Jan. 9, 2015. Card’s first day will be Jan. 12.  

“The trustees recognize that the selection of a president is our most important responsibility,” Fallon said. “We reviewed a wide range of qualified candidates for the job and we are fortunate that we attracted someone of Andy’s stature and achievement. When Andy showed interest in the position, we were given a moment of opportunity. And we seized that moment.”

Card graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. He attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and has received numerous honorary degrees and awards. He and his wife have three children and six grandchildren.

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ABOUT FRANKLIN PIERCE UNIVERSITY

Franklin Pierce University is an accredited university that achieves outstanding student success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies with locations throughout New Hampshire and in Goodyear, Arizona. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. Franklin Pierce embraces an education that matters—one that achieves academic success by augmenting the traditional liberal arts foundation with professional programs. Our community of educators and learners create an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. Franklin Pierce empowers each student to discover and fulfill their unique potential, so that they enter the professional world with the confidence and knowledge to be leaders of conscience. Franklin Pierce graduates are well-prepared for the professional, personal, and social demands required for success in the 21st century.

Franklin Pierce University
Presidential History

Andrew H. Card

2014-Present

James F. Birge

2009-2014

George J. Hagerty

1995-2009

Walter Peterson

1975-1995

Frank S. DiPietro

Founder, 1962-1975