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SPR-SUM 2017

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SPRING 2017 \ PIERCE 29 expanded its satellite campus network within the state, it also expanded its graduate programs into the fields of physical therapy and education. By 2005, Hagerty recalls, Pierce had hit a turning point — it now had a doctor of physical therapy degree program and was in the process of building international study programs in Vienna. Some talk of transitioning the college to university status had surfaced, but the Board of Trustees and the community surrounding the college had not coalesced around the idea. To make the transition process more intentional, Hagerty tapped Raymond Van Der Riet, his vice president of strategic initiatives, to author a detailed plan for how Franklin Pierce would navigate the switch from a college to a university. The report was presented to the Board of Trustees, and by 2006 an 18-month transition plan was in motion. Van Der Riet's assistance was crucial to the process, as was that of Board of Trustees Chair Zeddie Bowen, who helped align the Board leadership so passage of the plan went smoothly. Hagerty also credits Mooney, who was then chair of the Board of Trustee Academic Affairs Committee, with playing a key role in the transition. The changeover consisted of three main activities: receiving the approval of the New Kim Mooney '83 Ph.D. appointed Provost Franklin Pierce stayed faithful to its commitment to undergraduate education. Bachelor of Science Nursing Completion degree introduced 2008 Petrocelli Hall opens From left to right: James Birge, Lloyd Astmann and Milt Kahn

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