White House staff member speaks at ACU Chapel; Pipes encourages Americans to keep faith in God and America's leaders

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Oct. 29, 2001

Abilene Christian University graduate and current member of the White House staff Kasey Pipes addressed ACU students in Chapel Monday.

In his speech, Pipes encouraged ACU students, faculty and staff to continue to have faith in their country's leaders and in God's plan for their life.

Pipes attested to the positive leadership in the White House and the resolve and unity of the nation.

"Sometimes it takes a dark night to see the stars," Pipes said. "Although we wouldn't have wished what happened to us on our worst enemy, we are stronger because of it."

Pipes also accepted 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 presented 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 Johns 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."


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