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FAL-WIN 2016

The alumni magazine for Franklin Pierce University.

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8 PIERCE / FALL 2016 RAVENINGS K im Mooney recalls the moment when the legacy of her appointment as Franklin Pierce University's sixth President crystallized for her. In ad- dition to being the first woman and first alumna in the role, there is another dimen- sion with tremendous meaning. "I was standing in the Peterson Manor recep- tion area surrounded by portraits of the previous presidents, when it occurred to me that I knew them all in some way," she says. "I met President Frank DiPietro, knew Walter Peterson, who was President while I was a student here, and directly worked with Presidents Hagerty, Birge, and Card. In that moment, I realized, I am the last President who can make that claim. It was a profound realiza- tion for me." Straddling past and future is core to what Mooney looks forward to as she guides the University. For her, the mission is both professional and deeply personal. She graduated in 1983 with degrees in psychology and English, then went on to earn her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of New Hampshire. She was a tenured faculty member and served as associate dean for faculty affairs, and later special assistant to the president for assessment, at St. Lawrence University. She served on the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees from 2002 – 2008, and was named the University's Provost in 2008. She has also served as Interim President. She took over the top job on August 1, 2016. "We're on the cusp of a new era at Pierce," she says. "This is a significant moment for this institution." Mooney is excited to continue the work of her predecessors, keeping in mind the school's com- mitment to its students. She loves that Franklin Pierce is a place where students not only find themselves and their strengths, but do so in a challenging and nurturing atmosphere. She's dedicated to ensuring those qualities endure. "I sometimes see aspects of my younger self in our students," she admits. "And I love seeing our students engaged in the life of the University, whether it's in their studies or on our athletic teams or as peer or student government leaders. As an alumna, I value the deep care and commit- ment this University makes to every student. The relationships the students are able to develop with our faculty, staff, and with the leadership of the University, remain central to our original core mission and this is still true, 54 years later." Mooney intends to continue strengthening the University's cur- riculum in addition to developing new academic programs. She plans to build on the school's identity as an accessible, caring, excellent, small, private university, not only for the students on the Rindge campus, but across its graduate centers in New Hampshire and in Arizona as well. "Our academic programming is extensive and relevant to today's undergraduate and graduate students. Compared to when I was a student here, we offer more options to our traditional and nontraditional learners, including fully online programs. We are now a comprehensive Univer- sity, and we've become that through a powerful combination of vision, resilience, and commit- ment to this place we all love." Look for those qualities – vision, tenacity, com- mitment and love of Pierce – to be hallmarks of Mooney's presidency. "We have a lot of work left to do," she says. "And I see a bright future for Pierce." Look for a more-detailed feature on Kim Mooney '83, Ph.D. in our Spring 2017 issue. — Holly Beretto '93 An Historic Appointment Kim Mooney '83, Ph.D. Takes the Helm at Franklin Pierce Taking the Lead I see a bright future for Pierce. PHOTO BY KATHLEEN DOOHER

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