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FAL-WIN 2018

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FALL / WINTER 2018 PIERCE 39 Aer graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in General Studies with concentrations in marketing and education, Scolforo taught middle school for several years, first in Weare, N.H., and then in her hometown of Mont Vernon. It's a career that Scolforo would have been perfectly content to follow. But in 2002, her husband's employer relocated the family to southern Maine and Scolforo's new home state didn't recognize her New Hampshire teaching degree. "ey wanted me to start at the bottom and take three more courses before they'd even talk to me about teaching," said Scolforo, who earned a Master of Arts in 2002 from Rivier University. Instead, she landed a job as director of education for a private, for-profit college located in Sanford, one that would launch her career in higher education. She missed the classroom but found a love for helping educators empower their students. Over the next decade, Scolforo took on bigger roles. She earned her doctorate and held leadership positions at Keiser University and then at Fortis College, both in Jacksonville, Fla. In summer 2013, she landed at Central Penn. Her success and the volume of her pursuits speak to the kind of drive that she refined at Franklin Pierce and has continued to hone in the years since. As was done for her so many years ago in Rindge, Scolforo has tasked herself with expanding the opportunities her school provides so that her students have a more relevant place in the world that awaits them. She's looking at expanding opportunities for nontraditional students and has begun laying groundwork to begin offering doctoral programs at Castleton. As she talks about these changes, her words convey an energetic tone. She's both driven and optimistic. "e goals are loy," she said. And that's the point. What was instilled so significantly in her at Franklin Pierce more than two decades ago resonates strongly with her now as she prepares a new generation of students to work in and shape the world. "You have a strong sense of responsibility when you're part of a public university, to serve the public and to serve the greater good, and to make sure your education is not only high quality but accessible and affordable. I saw that and experienced that at Franklin Pierce." One of my favorite things [about Franklin Pierce] was that they did such a good job of hiring faculty who had not only strong teaching credentials but also valuable real-world experience. — DR. KAREN M. SCOLFORO '98

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