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SPR-SUM 2017

The alumni magazine for Franklin Pierce University.

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30 PIERCE / SPRING 2017 THE UNIVERSITY AT Getting to university status was the pinnacle for the institution during my tenure there. GEORGE HAGERTY, President Emeritus Hampshire Commission on Higher Education, receiving accreditation permission from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and figuring out how to brand and market the new Franklin Pierce University. Hagerty says he received help in this last category from Richard Gustafson, the former president of Southern New Hampshire University, who had seen that institution through a similar process. One reason the attainment of university status was successful, says Hagerty, was that Franklin Pierce stayed faithful to its commitment to undergraduate education, rather than piling up graduate programs without a strong foundation. "I've seen other institutions add graduate program upon graduate program, and when the market dries up, it topples them if they're not grounded in their undergraduate program," he says. As president emeritus, Hagerty says he could tell that becoming a university had provided a strong "halo effect" for Franklin Pierce alumni, faculty and current students. "I honestly believe because the institution is defined as it is now. If you are a donor, a prospective student or a family trying to understand it, the university status immediately clarifies Franklin Pierce and the Franklin Pierce community," he says. Connecting past, present and future L loyd Astmann '69 was a freshman in one of the first classes at Franklin Pierce College that attended the institution for all four years of their undergraduate experience. Like many early Raven alumni, his education had gotten off to a bumpy start near his hometown in northern New Jersey, and he appreciated the "second chance" that Franklin Pierce had given him. Astmann made good on that chance, becoming class president his junior year, and becoming involved soon after graduation with the group that founded the Alumni Association in 1970. Astmann had served on the Alumni Association board, and later, on the Board of Trustees, for many years by the time Hagerty became president. He was impressed that early in Hagerty's tenure, he had the Ravens join the Northeast 10 Athletic Conference. "You're known by the company you keep," says Astmann. "He had athletics competing at an entirely new level." Throughout the early 2000s, Astmann served on the Board of Trustees or one of its committees. He admits 2008 Ravens women's basketball wins its first NCAA Championship New England Regional title Earned 10-year NEASC accreditation 2008- 2009

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