White House staff member, ACU graduate to speak in Chapel Monday

For immediate release
Oct. 26, 2001

An Abilene Christian University graduate and current member of the White House staff will speak in Chapel at 11 a.m. in Moody Coliseum Monday.

Kasey Pipes is the associate director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives in Washington, D.C. He will address students at his alma mater Monday and will accept a check for $2,500 raised by ACU students to be given to president George Bush's Afghan children's fund.

Students at ACU began collecting money after Bush's request that students and children donate a dollar each to send to children in Afghanistan. The student body collected $2,500 and will present the money to Pipes in Chapel Monday.

Pipes, a 1995 graduate, earned two bachelor's degrees from ACU -- one in human communication and one in political science. Before he graduated he had already landed a job on the campaign staff of former Fort Worth Mayor Kay Granger. He wrote speeches, researched issues, and helped Granger prepare for debates. After Granger won a seat in Congress, Pipes moved to Washington.

"He is the most remarkable young man I think I ever worked with," Granger said of Pipes in a 1998 interview.

While working for Granger in Washington, Pipes received a master's degree in American government at John Hopkins University's Washington campus.

Still, his ACU influences remained.

"Dr. [Mel] Hailey is my role model," Pipes said in a 1998 interview. "It was not only how much fun he had teaching, but how many people he sparked an interest in."

In the fall of 1999, Pipes left Granger's office and moved back to Texas to work as a speechwriter for then-governor Bush. His job involved writing mostly for friends and family such as the former President Bush, Barbara Bush and Laura Bush, as well as key senators and other governors during Bush's campaign for the presidency. When Dick Cheney was selected as Bush's running mate, Pipes became his full-time speechwriter.

After Bush was elected, Karl Rove, senior advisor to Bush, asked Pipes to work in his staff at the White House. In January, Pipes was named associate director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives.

His office is located in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which is next door to the west wing of the White House.

"The Strategy Office is the office in the White House responsible for looking down the road and trying to predict what issues and events we will be faced with six months, one year, or even two and three years down the road," Pipes said in an email. "To do this, we conduct research, analyze demographic trends, and pick the brains of thinkers and scholars. It's a lot of work, but a lot of fun, too."


Archived News Releases - Current ACU News and Events

If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, university news coordinator, at wendy.kilmer@acu.edu, or call 915-674-2692.
Last update: Oct. 26, 2001

This page is maintained by Wendy Kilmer, wendy.kilmer@acu.edu.