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SPR-SUM 2017

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SPRING 2017 \ PIERCE 31 he was skeptical when he first heard about the idea to attain university status, but mainly because he wanted the institution to remain open to students who had backgrounds similar to his. However, as the plan was unveiled, Astmann warmed to the concept. He saw that the educational experience that Franklin Pierce offered to its undergraduates was undiminished, and that the institution's reputation and attractiveness to prospective students was growing. After the transition took place, he began to notice another big plus: it was becoming easier to recruit Board of Trustees members, and students, from places other than the East Coast. The push for more national recognition paid off, Astmann says. "I was at an AGB [Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities] meeting in San Diego a couple of years ago, and everyone there had heard of Franklin Pierce," he notes. "Before we had university status, no one knew who we were." Constructing tomorrow on a firm foundation A s Pierce enters its second decade as a university, its reputation continues to spread far beyond its New Hampshire home. Hagerty says that because the institution approached the switch honestly, it has reaped, and will continue to reap, the benefits, as parents, peer institutions and academic colleagues across the globe see that Franklin Pierce University truly deserves its status. "The marketplace understands what you are," he asserts. "By the time of the change, we had already become a university…. This move was necessary to define what we'd already become." Astmann points with pride to the strength of the university's enrollment in recent years, and is excited about providing an endowment to ensure the institution will always to be able to serve students. "As a trustee, I hope we can endow Franklin Pierce so it will be here for students for many years to come," he says. According to Mooney, who will lead Pierce through its future strategic initiatives to elevate and strengthen the school, becoming a university altered the way the institution regarded itself — and that has benefited everyone. "Becoming a university was important in terms of our identity," she says. "And it really expanded the ways in which we thought about ourselves, and broadened opportunities for our students. It transformed us into a significant resource for the state of New Hampshire and for graduate and undergraduate students across the region." Becoming a university... expanded the ways in which we thought about ourselves, and broadened opportunities for students. KIM MOONEY '83, President, Franklin Pierce Dr. James F. Birge appointed President Began revision of the Core Curriculum, which had been in place since 1991 First Annual Academic Showcase held 2009

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