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Nov 25, 2014 4:11 PM

Kevin Landrigan: Ex-White House chief of staff to lead Franklin Pierce University


He's been White House chief of staff, dean of a prestigious Texas university and Massachusetts state legislator.

But Andy Card, the newly-named president of Franklin Pierce University, will always be remembered for his whisper on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

It was card who informed President George W. Bush the planes striking the Trade Center Towers in New York weren't airplane tragedies but acts of war.

Charles Arlinghaus is executive director of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy and a former Republican campaign operative.

"I mean everybody remembers that, they saw that, you grasp the seriousness of the situation and seeing it happen. He was right there in the center of power for one of the most striking events in American history.

Card's naming is expected to catapult franklin pierce's profile and should make it a must stop for presidential candidates during the 2016 campaign season.

Card, 67, served on the board of the liberal arts college in Rindge and was instrumental in setting up a communications center named after former White House press secretary Marlin Fitzwater.

New Hampshire media consultant Rich Killion served as an adviser to the Fitzwater Center and said Card could put Franklin Pierce in position to host some presidential debates during the election cycle.

Ryan Williams, a communications consultant for New Hampshire Republicans, said Franklin Pierce needs Card more than the other way around.

"He's done everything, he surely doesn't need this to cap a career that is already full of accomplishment,'' Williams said.

"This is a move closer to home for him and that could play a role in it all."

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.

Card remained a very close friend of the entire Bush family and was often invited to family get together events at Kennebunkport, Maine, compound.


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