Franklin Pierce University Announces Andrew Card as New President On Tuesday, it was announced that former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card will now be known as the fifth president of Franklin Pierce University. Card is familiar with the New Hampshire university as he served as a member of the Franklin Pierce board of trustees from 1996 to 2000. He is replacing current Franklin Pierce University president, James Birge, who announced his resignation last summer and will begin his new position on January 12 as the spring semester approaches. The chairman of the board of trustees at the university, Michael C.J. Fallon, says that Card “brings a strong vision for Franklin Pierce, one that will serve our students, staff and faculty well.” This isn’t Card’s first dip into the university pond, however, as he has recently served as the acting dean of George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Before entering into education, Card was the right hand man to former president George W. Bush as his appointed chief of staff from 2001 to 2006. Prior to his time with George W. Bush, he served as the assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff to his father, George H.W. Bush from 1988 to 1992. He then followed his time in the White House with a position as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation from 1992 to 1993.