Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card, Jr. Awarded Honorary Degree from Suffolk University


BOSTON‚ Andrew H. Card, Jr., chief of staff to the President of the United States, was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by Suffolk University Law School at its commencement exercises held on Sunday, May 20, at the FleetCenter.

Suffolk President David J. Sargent, who presided over the 10:00 a.m. commencement exercises, cited Card, the Suffolk University Law School commencement speaker, for his "outstanding public service and awesome responsibility as the right hand man to the President of the United StatesÖand in recognition of the well deserved reputation for combining great ability with enormous decency."

On November 26, 2000, Card was appointed chief of staff in the presidential administration of Texas Governor George W. Bush. Card has an impressive record in the public and private sector, including serving in the administrations of two former presidents.

From 1992 until 1993, Card served as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President George Bush, and directed President Bushís transition office during the transition from the Bush administration to the Clinton administration.

Prior to serving as secretary of transportation, Card served as President Bushís assistant and deputy chief of staff. He managed the daily operations of the White House staff and participated in the development of economic, foreign and domestic policy. During the Reagan Administration, Card served as special assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and later as deputy assistant to the president and director of intergovernmental affairs, where he was liaison to governors, state legislators and other elected officials.

From 1993 to 1998, Card was president and CEO of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association (AAMA). Since then, he has served as General Motorsí vice president of governmental relations. In addition, Card served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1975-1983.

Card graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor of science degree in engineering. He attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and has received numerous honorary degrees and awards.

A native of Holbrook,MA, Card and his wife, Kathleen, have three children and four grandchildren.

Also receiving honorary doctor of laws degrees at the Law School exercises were: Ralph F. Boyd, Jr., President Bushís designee as assistant attorney general and chief of the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He is also is a partner in the trial department of Goodwin Proctor LLP in Boston; Linda Stewart Dalianis, associate justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court and a 1974 graduate of Suffolk University Law School; The Honorable Richard E. Neal, Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts, second district; and Evett L. Simmons, president of the National Bar Association. She also is equity partner in the law firm of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A. in Florida.

Claire Shipman, senior national correspondent of ABC Newsí Good Morning America, delivered the commencement address to the graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the Sawyer School of Management (SSOM) at the 2:30 p.m. ceremony. She received an honorary doctor of humane letters degrees. In addition to Shipman, the CAS and SSOM awarded honorary degrees to: Jack Connors, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Inc; Terry J. Lundgren, president & chief merchandising officer of Federated Department Stores, Inc.; Lawrence OíDonnell, Jr., senior political analyst of MSNBC and writer/producer of the NBC Emmy Award winning drama, "The West Wing"; Lloyd Ross, former chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Tuesday Morning Corporation; and Andre Sonko, special consultant on higher education to the President of Senegal and former minister of education, Senegal.

Suffolk University is a private institution located on Bostonís historic Beacon Hill, providing quality education at an affordable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of 6,200 full-time and part-time students at its College of Arts and Sciences, Sawyer School of Management, Law School and New England School of Art and Design.


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