Nichols College News

Former White House Chief of Staff to Speak at Graduation

Andrew H. Card, Jr. Former White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card, Jr. will be the Nichols College commencement speaker on Saturday, May 10th.

Card has diverse experience at the highest levels in government, academia, and industry. Most notably, he served as the second longest tenured White House Chief of Staff from 2000-2006 under President George W. Bush, and as Secretary of Transportation from 1992-1993.

As White House Chief of Staff, Card coordinated the priorities of the administration’s agenda, the development of policies, and appointments of Cabinet Secretaries and senior officials throughout the government.

On September 11, 2001, Card is the one who whispered in President Bush’s ear, while the President was sitting in a classroom in Florida, that terrorists had attacked the United States. Card then led a government-wide reorganization to best allocate resources to deal with the aftermath of 9-11 and the new terrorist environment.

Card also served as Deputy Chief of Staff and then as the 11th Secretary of Transportation for President George H.W. Bush from 1992 to 1993. In this role, at the request of President Bush in August 1992, Secretary Card coordinated the administration’s disaster relief efforts in the wake of the massive Hurricane Andrew.

Card entered politics with his 1975 election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He also served as Vice President of Government Relations at General Motors, and as CEO of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association. From 2011-2013, he was Acting Dean of the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University.

Card and his wife, The Reverend Kathleene Card, are from Holbrook, Massachusetts, have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

Card is the third prominent government leader to address Nichols graduates over the past four years. In 2011, then-Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts delivered the commencement address, followed in 2013 by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.