Southeast Regional Vocational Technical High School welcomes guest speaker former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card
SOUTH EASTON – Superintendent Luis Lopes is pleased to share that former White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card, Jr. visited the AP Government students at the Southeast Regional Technical High School on Wednesday, October 20. .
Card discussed the events of September 11 and how to deal with crises when on-the-spot decisions need to be made. He also spoke with the students about leadership skills they can develop as professional students to prepare them for the future security of the country. A question-and-answer session was held and students were able to ask questions about the map based on what they learned in their AP Government course.
Card was appointed in November 2000 and served as chief of staff to President George W. Bush from January 2001 to April 2006. He is the second-longest-serving chief of staff in the White House.
As chief of staff, he coordinated the administration’s program priorities, policy development and appointments of cabinet secretaries and senior officials across government.
On September 11, 2001, Card whispered in President Bush’s ear as the President sat in a classroom in Florida, telling the President that terrorists had attacked the United States. Card then led a government-wide reorganization to best allocate resources to deal with the aftermath of 9/11 and the new terrorist environment.
Card also served as US Secretary of Transportation under President Bush and headed President Bush’s transition office during the transition to the Clinton administration. He served in President Bush’s administration as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, and in the Reagan administration as special assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and deputy assistant to the president and chief business officer intergovernmental.
Card is originally from Holbrook and served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1975 to 1983.
“It has been an honor to welcome Mr. Card and give our students the opportunity to hear from someone who has such experience in different roles, levels of government and presidential administrations,” said Superintendent Lopes. “He brought a unique and straightforward perspective on many topics, which allowed our students to make connections between the real world and what they are learning in the classroom, which is an incredibly valuable part of their education.
The map was presented by plumbing student Trista Sicard of Mansfield. High school administrators, school committee members and other special guests were also in attendance.
Card also took part in a tour led by students from the precision machining, cybersecurity and automotive departments.