“I accepted this opportunity as Acting Dean out of my great respect for President George H. W. Bush, for Ambassador Ryan Crocker and for the mission and accomplishments of the Bush School at Texas A&M University. Our future as a nation will be a brighter one with principled leadership from Bush School graduates and with the impact of the School’s faculty on advanced scholarship and policy solutions for today’s challenges. By securing new resources for long-term success envisioned by this campaign, we affirm the noble calling to public service embodied in the vision and legacy of President Bush.”
Andrew H. Card, Jr.
Andrew Card is Acting Dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service, serving as the School’s leader while Dean Ryan Crocker is on leave as the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan. As a member of the committee guiding The Campaign for Principled Leadership, Secretary Card responded to the challenge of securing the School’s future by serving in a new and important role in its rise to preeminence. He brings to this position many years of successful experience in managing public sector organizations, shaping public policy and serving three American presidents.
At the national level, Mr. Card served in President Reagan’s administration as Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and as Deputy Assistant to the President and the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. For President George H. W. Bush’s administration, he served as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff, where he managed the daily operations of the White House staff and participated in the full range of economic, foreign, and domestic policy development. Mr. Card also served as the 11th U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President Bush and directed the presidential transition from the Bush administration to the Clinton administration. In November of 2000, Mr. Card was appointed Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush and served in that position for 5 ½ years.
Prior to his federal roles, Mr. Card served at the state level in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and in the private sector as President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association and Vice President of Government Relations for General Motors.
Secretary Card earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the University of South Carolina and attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.