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FAL-WIN 2017

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FALL / WINTER 2017 PIERCE 27 or sent emails and texts to start the work day. Ten- or 12-hour days are not uncommon, and some days she's in constant motion, going from meeting to meeting, making presentations, returning calls and responding to emails, maybe taking in a student performance or an athletic event. If she's lucky, she manages to catch a Zumba class on the way home once or twice a week. Mooney's priority is clear: ensuring Pierce has a sustainable future. Last fall, the school unveiled a new strategic plan, which will define Pierce's priorities for the next four years and continue to embody the school's belief in every student's potential, as well as holding tightly to strong fiscal management. Pierce recently closed its third- straight year of financial surpluses, which Mooney funneled back into the institution's endowment to better ensure Pierce's future. Investments to address the technolog y infrastructure, needed facilities, and funding strategic plan initiatives are spending priorities. Health sciences are a top program, with nearly a third of the student body — undergraduate and graduates — taking coursework in those disciplines. "We have much to celebrate, and we have abundant opportunities to build on our achievements," she says. Driven by her vision for the University, Mooney keeps her eyes on the horizon. Her goal is to give Franklin Pierce a reputation for being a leader and innovator in the ever- changing higher education and career prospect landscapes, and producing a community of scholars who can take on whatever challenges they face. She wants the Monadnock community and the state of New Hampshire to view the school as a resource and a partner, and has worked steadily to build relationships with employers and stakeholders not only in Rindge, but throughout the Monadnock Region. Earlier this spring , Franklin Pierce was named the 2016 Nonprofit of the Year by the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce, in part because of the school's student, faculty and staff engagement with the surrounding community, serving as volunteers with local organizations and tutors in elementary and middle schools. Mooney also intends for the University to connect in more meaningful ways with business sectors in the broader Goodyear, Ariz., community, where Pierce has had a graduate center since 2007. "I want to further establish Franklin Pierce as a highly responsive higher education institution that is well- prepared to address the needs of the business community," she says. "So I am always looking at how we might better articulate the substance and the value of the education we offer, and make sure that we provide the kind of learning opportunities that help students thrive while they are here with us and into their futures." Her commitment to the region extends beyond her role at Pierce. Mooney serves on the board of directors of e Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship in Keene, an organization that provides the space, tools, and connections that innovative entrepreneurs need to build strong businesses, thriving local economies, and vibrant communities in the Monadnock Region. She also serves and supports Linda's Closet, a Keene-based clothing resource dedicated to the success and quality of life for women in the Monadnock Region who are entering or re- entering the work force. Mooney's mission is not only professional, but personal. She sees her work as president as a way of giving back to the school that gave her so much. "e day I was asked to be president was humbling," she says. "Aer a year, I am even more engaged by, and committed to, the work. I have a better and deeper understanding of how much other people love the University. I've always known my own feelings about it, but being president has exposed me to new layers of affection others have for Franklin Pierce. It makes me much more determined for the University and success of our students. I am humbled to be in this position of leadership knowing how much Pierce means to students, alumni, trustees, employees, families, and friends. We are all Raven Nation!" I am always looking at how we might better articulate the substance and the value of the education we offer, and make sure that we provide the kind of learning opportunities that help students thrive while they are here with us and into their futures.

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