Andrew Card, White House Chief of Staff during 9/11, Headlines Framingham State 20-year Anniversary Commemoration Events

Andrew Card, White House Chief of Staff during 9/11, Headlines Framingham State 20-year Anniversary Commemoration Events

Aug 30, 2021

Few who are old enough to remember can forget the images of President George W. Bush being informed that America was under attack during 9/11 while he was reading to a group of school children in Florida. 

The man who whispered the news into the President’s ear, former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, will speak at Framingham State University on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 4 p.m., as part of the University’s 9/11 20-year anniversary commemoration.  Card will give a lecture entitled "Under Attack," reflecting on his experience during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The event will take place in the Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center and is free and open to the public (masks are required). It will also be streamed online over Facebook at:

"As we commemorate and remember the tragedy of 9/11, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to hear from someone who was at the very center of the nation’s response," says Framingham State President F. Javier Cevallos.  "We are grateful to Mr. Card for taking the time to share his experience with our community."

Card served as Chief of Staff under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2006. After stepping down, he would go on to serve as the Acting Dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service, at Texas A&M University from 2011 to 2013. In 2014, Card became the president of Franklin Pierce University, serving until he retired from that post in the summer of 2016.

The talk on September 8th is part of a series of several events Framingham State University is sponsoring or co-sponsoring to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Other events include:

  • 9/11 Memorial & Museum Poster Exhibition: "The Day That Changed the World" on display in the Henry Whittemore Library Gallery.
  • Virtual On-Demand Tours of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in NYC, available to the FSU community.
  • "9/11 Boatlift: Reflection After 20 Years," a joint panel discussion with FSU & Mass Maritime Academy featuring Captain Richard Thornton of NY Waterway.
  • "Bystander 9/11" at the Amazing Things Art Center Downtown Framingham, which is a theater piece concerning the events of September 11, 2001 sponsored by Framingham Public Schools and Amazing Things Art Center.

Click here for more information and to see the full list of events.

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.