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SPR-SUM 2018

The alumni magazine for Franklin Pierce University.

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T he change in leadership is an important moment in the history of any college or university," said Jim Earle, vice president for student aff airs. "It clearly delineates the beginning of a new era." Franklin Pierce entered a new era Aug . 1, 2017, as Kim Mooney '83 , Ph.D. , became the fi rst woman and the fi rst alumna to head the institution in its 56-year history. Sept . 23, 2017 , marked her formal installation. e Presidential Installation, Family Day and Homecoming Celebration off ered an opportunity for Ravens past and present to take part in a weekend's worth of activities designed to mark the prestigious appointment. Culminating in a formal installation ceremony , installation ceremony , installation ceremony the crowd gathered in the Field House included Franklin Pierce students, faculty, staff , community leaders and guests from every stage of President Mooney's life, including childhood friends and professional mentors. e installation highlighted Mooney's connection and continued commitment to Franklin Pierce. "As I think about Kim being in the role of president, and why this is amazing for so many reasons, one in particular is that she's an alumna of Franklin Pierce," said Patty (Gaff ney) Zolfo '83, Mooney's college roommate , in a video commem orating the occasion and played during the celebration. "She has walked in the shoes of the students at Franklin Pierce and she has the opportunity to take that experience and personal payouts and help build a future at Franklin Pierce." Mooney has been a committed and vocal advocate for her alma mater for more than 30 years. Following graduation from Franklin Pierce, Mooney would go on to get her Ph.D. in psycholog y from the University of New Hampshire. She became a faculty member at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., earning tenure and then advancing to leadership roles in the administration — fi rst achieving associate dean in 1998 and then founding director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. She served on Franklin Pierce's Alumni Association Board of Directors and was a member of the Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2008, serving as the chair of the Academic Aff airs Committee. She served as interim president and most recently, provost Kim Mooney '83, Ph.D. , Installed as President of Franklin Pierce University AN HISTORIC MOMENT Mooney's vision for Pierce is one of unrelenting excellence and innovation, where Pierce is a valued partner in the lives of its students and in shaping the future of its New Hampshire and Arizona homes. RAVENINGS SPRING / SUMMER 2018 PIERCE 7

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