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September 12, 2011

Former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card to lecture on 9/11 and leadership at Birmingham-Southern College

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Andrew H. Card, who served as White House chief of staff under George W. Bush from 2001-2006, will lecture on “Leadership on 9/11: Leadership and Crisis” at Birmingham-Southern College on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Bruno Great Hall of the Norton Campus Center.Andrew Card

The lecture is open to the public and admission is free.

Card, who stood at the center of American politics for 20 years and is the second-longest serving chief of staff in U.S. history, will discuss crisis leadership in the context of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It was Card who whispered in President Bush’s ear while he was speaking with students at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla., that terrorists had attacked the United States.

Card, who has been acting dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University since July, also will meet with various BSC student groups and attend classes on Thursday and Friday.

Card’s public service has spanned four decades. Elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives at age 27, he went on to serve in a variety of capacities to three U.S. presidents. As deputy assistant to President Ronald Reagan, he was a liaison to leaders at the local and state levels. As deputy chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush, he participated in a full range of economic, foreign, and domestic policy development. As the 11th U.S. Secretary of Transportation, he coordinated the response to Hurricane Andrew.

In addition to his political offices, Card has served as General Motors’ vice president of government relations and as president and chief executive officer of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association.

Card’s lecture is part of Birmingham-Southern’s 2011-12 Leadership Matters in the 21st Century: Practicing Leaders on Leadership lecture series. Others scheduled to participate in the lecture series at the college this academic year include Elisa Massimino, president and CEO of Human Rights First; David Horth, a fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C.; Fred Smith, chairman, president, and CEO of FedEx Corporation; and Colin Coyne, winner of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham’s Prize2theFuture competition and lecturer on social enterprise.

The lectures are sponsored by the college’s Hess Center for Leadership and Service, in cooperation with the Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action, the Stump Entrepreneurship Programs, and the entire Birmingham-Southern College community.

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