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FAL-WIN 2016

The alumni magazine for Franklin Pierce University.

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FALL 2016 \ PIERCE 5 PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE W hen I started my tenure as Franklin Pierce University's sixth President this past August, it was a profound moment for me. I came to Franklin Pierce as a freshman in 1979, and our small school, with Mount Monadnock as its imposing backdrop, was a much different place. There was no Bubble. There was no Fitzwater Center. There were no graduate programs or online degrees. Wow, how things have changed! And yet, the best of Franklin Pierce remains. My four years at Franklin Pierce (1979-1983) trans- formed me. I grew in confidence, in believing in my ability to succeed, and in knowing that my university (then college) gave me a strong foundation upon which to build my career. I earned degrees in English and psy- chology here – taking almost every class in Marcucella Hall – and went on to earn a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of New Hampshire. From UNH, I headed to my faculty position in northern New York at St. Lawrence University. Like many of our classmates and fellow alumni, my commitment to Franklin Pierce has been lifelong. I served on the Alumni Board of Directors for two years and right after that on the Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2008. I stepped off the Board to serve as Interim Pro- vost and that same year, also served as Acting President for six months. My ongoing role as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs started in 2009. I believe in the power of the Franklin Pierce experi- ence to transform students' lives. I believe in the passion our professors have for their work and the education of our students. I believe in the collective and shared pride of our alumni as we reflect on our history and contribute to the shape of this University's future. I am honored to take the helm of this institution I love, and I am excited for what lies ahead. As the first woman and first alumna to lead Franklin Pierce, I am aware of the historic nature of my appointment. Franklin Pierce is a place where students find their strengths, passions, voices, and themselves, as I did. It is a place where our faculty, staff, and students care deeply for each other and celebrate our differences and successes. It is a place that I am proud to be from – and very proud to lead. As you read this beautiful magazine, I hope you will feel connected (or re-connected) to our wonderful main campus in Rindge or to our impressive graduate pro- grams and centers. In the years ahead, I will continue to find ways to expand and enhance our curriculum, provide greater co-curricular and internship opportuni- ties for our students, and build on the shared successes of the last 54 years. We are small, but powerful in our capacity to trans- form futures. Franklin Pierce helped me discover not only who I was, but who I could be. I truly look forward to helping the next generation of students do the same. New Beginnings KIM MOONEY '83 , PH.D. PRESIDENT I believe in the power of the Franklin Pierce experience to transform students' lives. PHOTO BY KATHLEEN DOOHER

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