Sept. 11, 2001, is a day forever burned into American minds.
On Friday, former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card will discuss leadership and his crucial role during 9/11 as part of the Pursuit of Leadership Series, sponsored by the College of Communication and Information.
During the events of 9/11, President Bush was under protection and unable to act as the nation's leader, leaving Card responsible for many decisions and actions.
"You could call him the unsung hero of 9/11," Joseph Winstead, sophomore in supply chain management, said.Haverley Greene, sophomore in supply chain management, anticipates that Card will recall his experiences during 9/11 and provide advice for managing crisis situations.
Winstead said she believes Card's recollections will afford valuable insight for future leaders.
"The theme could be 'Crisis Creates Leaders,'" Winstead said. "It's good to know how important it is to keep a cool head when there is chaos happening. Card is the epitome of being cool under fire."
Widely considered a defining moment of the Bush administration, Winstead expects Card's lecture to challenge notions regarding government affairs during and after the Sept. 11 attacks.
"It's going to really portray the Bush administration in a different way," Winstead said, "in a much more positive way."
Greene agreed, saying the exposure to this alternative viewpoint will prove invaluable. "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity," Greene said. "I think the students are going to hear a side of 9/11 that they have never heard before."
The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Alumni Memorial Building Cox Auditorium.