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SPR-SUM 2016

The alumni magazine for Franklin Pierce University.

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6 PIERCE / SPRING 2016 PRESIDENT'S LETTER A s I write this, Franklin Pierce is just days away from Commencement—and what a year it's been. Our students continue to amaze with their hard work, energy, optimism, and can-do attitude. Our baseball team is the #1 team in the nation—for the second year in a row! Students continue to produce strong research and scholarship, with more than 150 students presenting their outstanding work at the Academic Showcase last month. Our faculty continues to earn national awards and recognition for their teaching and research. Last year, as you may have heard, Franklin Pierce had a strong financial performance, finishing in the black by $3.1 million, while also lowering its debt by several million, and putting more than $1 million into the quasi- endowment. With the close of this fiscal year just weeks away, all signs point to another strong financial per- formance. Better still, people are noticing. Franklin Pierce is currently wrapping up a historic recruitment season. Student applications for this fall grew by a whopping 79 per- cent. We enjoyed record-setting crowds at every recruiting event this year, leading to a record number of deposits and early registrations. This fall, Franklin Pierce will enroll the largest freshman class in its 53-year history. As one parent said at our last Open House event, "Our son chose the hot- test school in New England!" In Dreams Begin Responsibilities Success, of course, requires planning. So I have conducted a number of planning sessions to map out a strong future for Pierce. We started work on a comprehensive strategic plan, which I have asked Provost Kim Mooney '83 to lead. I was tasked by the Board of Trustees to create the President's Vision Plan, which was shared with the board, the faculty, and the staff in mid-April, and I am privileged to share a few highlights here. The Vision Plan, entitled 2020 Vision, focuses on the University's key opportunities over the next four years. For example, we see significant growth opportunities for our online programs, which will be a priority in the coming year. Because every dorm has a finite number of rooms, growth of the online programs is vital to the university's future. Opportunity also exists through partnerships with re- gional and global businesses, as we need to grow our student internship program. Likewise, we need to strengthen our alumni mentoring, as you represent significant learning op- portunities for our students. We want to double the size of our Doctorate of Physi- cal Therapy (DPT) and our Master of Physician Assistant programs (MPAS), two of our most popular and profitable programs. We intend to grow all of our online programs by 10 percent each year. And we've set aggressive growth goals for alumni engagement, which we intend to grow by 20 percent annually. As part of our alumni engagement efforts, we developed a $1,000 tuition coupon for you to give away to any prospective freshman. If you haven't received one, contact our alumni office at (603) 899-4030 to get yours. Our health science major has quickly become Franklin Pierce's largest academic program, which put strain on the universi- ty's science facilities. The University needs to upgrade its science labs, and we'll build a strong fund raising program to address that need, along with preparations for a possible capital campaign to kick off in 2018. Franklin Pierce athletics, led by athletic director Bruce Kirsh '71, continues to be a source of great pride, as it continues to graduate outstanding scholar/athletes. We have several areas of need here that must be addressed. For instance, there's a real need to add a track to our athletic facilities. What a Year! This fall, Franklin Pierce will enroll the largest freshman class in its 53-year history. Our health science major has quickly become Franklin Pierce's largest academic program.

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