"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."
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!"
"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."
"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. "
"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."
"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. "
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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."
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...
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.
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
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]
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]
Nov 25, 2014
Card, 67, will leave Texas A&M University to serve as President of Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH.
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 ...
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 …
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...