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FAL-WIN 2017

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26 PIERCE FALL / WINTER 2017 PRESIDENT entities. Mooney integrated the academic programs under one unified university umbrella, and was an early leader in understanding how both a high-quality curriculum and the pathways from undergraduate to graduate programs were selling points for the school. "Our graduate programs are pivotal to our success as a university," she says. "We can now recruit freshmen on the appeal of those programs. A student can come in here at 18 and in four or five years earn a master's or even go on to the Doctor of Physical erapy Program. is once small, traditional, exclusively undergraduate college now has a significant academic portfolio." at significant portfolio is due in part to Mooney's success as a leader. During her tenure as provost, which included six months as interim president in 2009, Pierce introduced a new general and liberal education curriculum, replacing the former Individual and the Community model; created a health sciences major (now the largest major in the school); and seven other undergraduate degrees, including accelerated business degrees kn own as the Business PLUS Accelerated Programs. "As provost, I looked through the lens of how to create change for the future of the institution," says Mooney. "And a lot of that effort was centered around generating educational experiences for our students. As president, my lens is even broader: how do we build on our shared sense of community, our university identity, our role in higher education in New Hampshire, and our successes to continue to enhance our strong reputation?" Mooney isn't surprised by the University's success. As an alumna, she understands innately that the school provides students with experiences — like the Academic Showcase and Division II athletics — where they can indulge their passions and draw confidence from their experiences. And she sees success as being something that has its own domino effect: the more there is, the more excited people are to be part of the institution. Successes come from all corners, whether it's students winning national awards or faculty receiving grants and accolades for their research. ere have also been increased opportunities for experiential learning. at's a transformation that delights her. "I think there is a tremendous benefit to faculty scholarship and creative work," she says. "Not only does it allow individual faculty members to continue to fuel their passion for their disciplines, it almost inevitably informs their teaching and pedagog y. Faculty scholarship can create opportunities for student projects, and it's so valuable for students to have learning experiences and options outside of the standard traditional classroom experience." In addition to the experience students gain working alongside faculty on research projects, which has enabled them to conduct experiments that result in articles published in peer-reviewed journals, Franklin Pierce has provided students with other opportunities, as well. Pierce's Lloyd and Helen Ament Astmann '69 Career Center, relocated during Mooney's first year as president to partner with the Alumni and Parent Relations Office, has been a springboard to help students seek out both internships and jobs. Being an Institution for the Future O ver the last year, it has become clear that Mooney is firmly in charge of a new era for Franklin Pierce. By the time she drives up University Drive every morning, she has already met with members of a local chamber of commerce

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