Former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card has been named Franklin Pierce University's fifth president.

Card, a former Franklin Pierce trustee, starts Jan. 12. He succeeds James Birge, who became president in 2009 and announced his intent to resign last summer.

Card was most recently acting dean of the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He grew up in Holbrook, Massachusetts, and served on Franklin Pierce's board of trustees from 1996 to 2000.

He was appointed chief of staff to President-elect George W. Bush in November 2000. He was the person who whispered news into Bush's ear that the country was under attack on September 11, 2001.