@SecretaryCard @FPUniversity February 26

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and  turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: Franklin Pierce University

Location: Rindge NH

It is an understatement to say that New Hampshire likes their politics. Only one person from New Hampshire has attained the pinnacle of political leadership. From 1853 -1857, Franklin Pierce proudly served as the 14th President of the United States.


Franklin Pierce University was founded in 1962 by Frank S. DiPietro who also served as the first president of the institution. Originally located in the center of the town of Rindge, the school began by sharing the town’s library and study facilities.

In the institution’s founding year, Frank DiPietro also bought the hilltop estate overlooking Pearly Pond where the University’s main undergraduate campus is located today.


I have never been to Franklin Pierce but know of them thru their reputation while I served as a college athletic director for 15 years. They are a vibrant member of NCAA Division II.

I also feel connected indirectly to Franklin Pierce because my current day job is to serve as Chief of Staff for a college chancellor. A former Franklin Pierce President (2014-2016) by the name of Andrew Card was Chief of Staff for a US President George W Bush from 2001-2006.


It’s not often that the White House Chief of Staff becomes a college president. Andrew Card has served the White House Republican administrations since the early 1980s, beginning with President Reagan.

Card went to Texas A&M as the dean of the George W. Bush School of Government and Public Service before coming to Franklin Pierce in 2014. He stepped down in the summer of 2016 from Franklin Pierce.


His tenure as Chief of Staff included:

  • Second-longest-serving Presidential chief of staff in modern history
  • Delivered the message to George W. Bush that the 9/11 terrorist attacks had just happened

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. He and his wife have three children and six grandchildren.




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