Former White House Chief of Staff Who Notified President Bush of Sept. 11 Attacks Will Speak At Baylor

March 27, 2014
Andrew CardAndrew Card, courtesy photo.

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WACO, Texas (March 27, 2014) – Former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card – the man who whispered the words “America is under attack” to President George W. Bush on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 – will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Armstrong Browning Library.

Hosted by the Baylor Honors College and Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, Card will present his lecture titled “Leading in a Time of Crisis” as part of the 20th annual Laura Blanche Jackson Memorial Lectureship in World Issues. He will describe his experiences in crisis management, including the moment when he alerted Bush of the 9/11 attacks as the president visited an elementary school classroom in Florida.

David Smith, Ph.D., a senior lecturer of history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, said Card was invited to the Baylor campus because of his extensive experience in world affairs.

“We thought that bringing in someone like Mr. Card would give Baylor students the opportunity to hear someone with real-life foreign policy experience as opposed to an academic,” he said.

Appointed as Chief of Staff in 2000, Card was chosen for the job because of his impressive service record in the public and private sector, including serving in the administrations of two former presidents. He served in President Ronald Reagan's administration as special assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff under President George H. W. Bush.

He resigned as in 2006, making him the second-longest serving White House Chief of Staff in history.

“For someone of his stature, Mr. Card has been wonderful to work with, very helpful and accommodating,” Smith said.

Card graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s 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.

There will be a question-and-answer session following the lecture and the event is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Foyer of Meditation in the Armstrong Browning Library, 710 Speight Ave.

For more information, call the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC) office at (254) 710-3981.

by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805.


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