MEET PRESIDENT MOONEY

For the first time in nearly six decades, a Franklin Pierce alum—and a woman—sits behind the desk of the president. When she’s sitting. For Dr. Mooney, who is known for her tireless work ethic, making sure that every student has a place at Franklin Pierce is no nine-to-five job.

A distinguished academic and professional career.
President Mooney earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English from Franklin Pierce College, magna cum laude, and holds her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. She enjoyed a rewarding career as a psychology professor and academic administrator at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. During her twenty-year tenure, she was the associate dean for faculty affairs, the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, the special assistant to the president for assessment, and earned the Owen D. Young award for outstanding teaching.

A love affair that began as a college freshman.
Dr. Mooney knew Franklin Pierce was a special place even before she earned her undergraduate degree in 1983. She says faculty and staff “share a powerful belief that every student brings their own brilliance and intelligence, a unique way of living in the world—qualities that are not always reflected in traditional metrics like grades.”  Which is why so many successful students and alumni credit the organization with transforming their lives.

The importance of planning.
Dr. Mooney trusts in the power of planning to reach goals—personally, professionally, organizationally. She’s made it central to the University, clarifying her own vision for the institution and collaborating closely with colleagues to develop the new Pierce @60 strategic plan to establish clear milestones for the future.

What legacy would she like to leave?
Well aware of the pressures facing higher education, Dr. Mooney believes the needs Franklin Pierce fills are even greater. She urges all of us to “imagine our future with a sense of renewed purpose and urgency. Together, we must rise to this historic moment and leverage our creativity, courage, and resilience.” She encourages all of us to remain responsive to present needs while always seeking opportunities and preparing for transitions.

THE FUTURE OF FRANKLIN PIERCE UNIVERSITY -
PRESIDENT MOONEY'S VISION TO THRIVE.

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THRIVING BY EMPOWERING STUDENTS TO REACH THEIR POTENTIAL.

More important than memorizing facts and dates are the learning opportunities that support the acquisition of invaluable intellectual skills: critical thinking skills; strong communication and collaboration skills; and the ability to observe carefully, write expertly, and articulate with confidence. These attributes will prove themselves more valuable over the course of a lifetime—a lifetime in which entire fields will be handed over to AI and new, completely unimagined fields will appear.

In the decades ahead, we’ll focus even more on cultivating these proficiencies. How? By expanding our partnerships with businesses and local municipalities, by shaping our future programs to better resonate with the demand of the broader marketplace, and by continuing to offer our students more and more opportunities to think and act on their feet.

By being bold, nimble, imaginative, and deliberate in the programs we offer and the ways we teach, we can help our students thrive as leaders and engaged members of society.

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THRIVING BY FOSTERING COMMUNITY

Raven nation is our 2,300-member student body. But it’s also the towns and cities that surround us. In the future, we’ll continue to work hard to sustain and strengthen both. 

On our campus, that means focusing on athletics, new student life opportunities and diversity-enhancing efforts, creating an even more inclusive haven from which young people can explore and grow.

In the surrounding community, it means building new alliances that help local business and municipalities develop and strengthen their workforces, which our students become part of.

As we better engage the larger community in our athletic programs and campus events, new doors and relationships will open for all students, and a broader audience will share in their gifts. 

In the future, we’ll continue to erase the lines between our Franklin Pierce community and the communities beyond, strengthening the bonds that make us a better institution, and better people.

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THRIVING BY EMPOWERING STUDENTS TO REACH THEIR POTENTIAL

We’ve always been a place where students find their way past challenge and learn to leverage their strengths. How do we become even better at that in the future?

We create new programs with career development and experiential learning built in, from Day One. We create ways for students to finish degrees in less time, with flexible learning options. We put together undergraduate and graduate program combinations, so students keep their early momentum going. We set plans in place to reduce our dependency on tuition, giving more students the opportunity to attend. We look at what our corporate and municipal partners need and dovetail our offerings. We help students create online portfolios that make them stronger job candidates.

And perhaps most importantly, we provide our incredibly dedicated faculty, coaches, and staff with more resources and support through a Center for Teaching and Learning, helping our leaders better engage with students and challenge them to find their own amazing-ness.

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THRIVING THROUGH DIFFERENCES

Inclusivity and diversity are basic tenets, central to our very being. We’ve always honored our students because of who they are and what they bring to enrich our community: their races, creeds, gender identities, and sexual orientation; their wide range of previous academic successes and challenges; and at the core of it all, their untapped potential.

Our long-term commitment to honoring every student is reflected in the development of our new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, and in the addition of a new chief diversity officer. We’ll focus on hiring and retaining diverse faculty and staff members until their faces on campus better reflect the faces of our students. And all future employees will receive more comprehensive training and support.

In the days ahead, you’ll witness Franklin Pierce become not just a more welcoming place, but a place of radical welcome—adding programs and taking action to better recognize, respond to, and celebrate the individual and their contribution.

"I'VE ALWAYS BELIEVED FRANKLIN PIERCE LOOKS AT STUDENTS DIFFERENTLY. EACH BRINGS THEIR OWN BRILLIANCE AND INTELLIGENCE, THEIR OWN UNIQUE WAY OF LIVING IN THE WORLD."

PRESIDENT MOONEY
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