News from the Bush School

White House Former Chief of Staff Card Meets with Bush Students

October 25, 2010

The tradition of leaders visiting the Bush School and meeting informally with students continued on Wednesday, October 13, when Andrew Card, former White House chief of staff and former United States secretary of transportation, spoke at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. Card’s presentation was part of this year’s Lenore and Francis Humphrys International Speakers Program and was sponsored by the Bush School’s Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) and Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics and Public Policy.

Secretary Card is just one of the leaders in public policy and international affairs coming to the Bush School this year, noted Dean Ryan Crocker.  “At the Bush School, we take pride in teaching students to be principled, effective leaders in public service; and we want to share those values with the community through speakers who exemplify those qualities,” Crocker added.

Prior to his lecture, Card visited with a section of the Public Policy Formation class, taught by Dr. William West.  Card answered questions from the students about his point of view on various issues discussed in the classroom, and stressed the importance of consulting a diversity of opinions in decision making.

As the longest-serving White House chief of staff to date, Card learned that bipartisanship was a necessary component of policy making, said Dinorah Sanchez, a first-year MPSA student who attended the Q&A session with Card. 

“For many of us, this is the closest we’ve been to ‘the Hill,’ and to have an insider in our classroom was a really great experience,” said Sanchez.  “I really appreciated that he was so interested in learning about our backgrounds and fielding our questions.”

A key component of Card’s classroom discussion was leadership in the office of the presidency, a theme he continued in his evening presentation.