The man who served as chief of staff under President George W. Bush is going back to college, taking the helm as the fifth president of Franklin Pierce University. 

Andrew Card's career in the White house spans attacks on the World Trade Center, war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina. Now he'll turn his attention to a smaller crisis in New Hampshire—the survival of a small liberal arts college. 

Over at our On Campus blog, Kirk Carapezza reports on Card's new challenge and the economic odds making his job that much harder.

Card is decidedly optimistic. He’s also pragmatic. At a time when many families are questioning the value of a college degree, he says, under his leadership, Franklin Pierce will work quickly to prove its worth.

“Higher education has to demonstrate to those people who are making an investment in a university that the student will graduate with skills that will allow them to participate in the growth of our economy and our country and helping to solve problems,” Card said.