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SPR-SUM 2017

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28 PIERCE / SPRING 2017 By the time the school transitioned to a university, it had developed thriving graduate programs — including a doctor of physical therapy degree — international study programs and many other hallmarks of a traditional university. As Pierce celebrates its 10th anniversary as a university this year, Pierce Magazine spoke with administrators, alumni and faculty who were part of the process. These keen observers both provide detail on how the transition to university status came together and discuss the rising regional and national reputation that happened in the wake of the switch — a change that continues to benefit current and prospective students, faculty and alumni. "I don't think any of us realized at the time how important the elevation to a university would turn out to be," says Kim Mooney '83 Ph.D., current president of the University. "But it was a defining change." Laying the groundwork for change G eorge Hagerty was president of Franklin Pierce from 1995 to 2009. With such a long tenure, he could potentially name a number of achievements as his favorite: the addition of new NCAA Division II sports, for example, or the opening of the Grimshaw- Gudewicz Activity Center. However, he says that the drive to attain university status was by far his most memorable accomplishment as a Raven. "Getting to university status was the pinnacle for the institution during my tenure there," he says. While obtaining that status may have been the most outstanding accomplishment in hindsight, when Hagerty arrived in Rindge in 1995, steering Pierce toward becoming a university was the farthest thing from his mind. Franklin Pierce was still struggling with the aftermath of the 1992 recession, and Hagerty said he felt his first job was to help the college compete more effectively for prospective students. There was one element in play when Hagerty arrived that would facilitate the institution's path toward becoming a university: the Board of Trustees had previously agreed to create an MBA program. While this graduate program, and several others, began their development during the late 1990s, Hagerty says his focus through most of that time was stabilizing and advancing the school's undergraduate core. As the 2000s began, Franklin Pierce College found itself in a curious position. While its historical niche had been as a liberal-arts undergraduate college, as the institution Goodyear, Ariz. campus opens Ravens women's soccer wins 12th consecutive NCAA Championship New England Regional title Ravens men's soccer wins national championship THE UNIVERSITY AT It was a defining change. KIM MOONEY '83, President, Franklin Pierce 2007

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