White House insider Card to speak at engineering dinner
Andrew Card, former White House chief of staff in the George W. Bush Administration, will be the featured guest speaker when the College of Engineering and Computing celebrates its 100th anniversary with a dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Card received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1971. A native of Holbrook, Mass., he began his career in politics when he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1975. He was a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and also was the U.S. Secretary of Transportation in President George H.W. Bush’s administration.
The University of South Carolina awarded Card an honorary doctorate of public service in 1999.
South Carolina has a rich tradition in educating engineers for the state and nation. Engineering classes were offered to students in their senior year at Carolina in 1848. When South Carolina College became the University of South Carolina in 1865, classes in engineering, agriculture, law and medicine were taught.
Engineering as an academic discipline grew over the years, and the School of Engineering was created in 1909. Civil engineer F. Horton Colcock was named dean. Classes were held in Davis College and the New Science Building, now known as Barnwell.