Franklin Pierce University
Franklin Pierce University’s Board of Trustees has launched a national search for the University’s next president following Dr. Kim Mooney’s announcement that she will retire at the end of the academic year, in June of 2024.
In preparation for the next chapter following President Mooney’s 2024 retirement, the Board of Trustees has secured the services of noted executive search company WittKieffer, recognized for attracting top talent to lead America's finest colleges and universities.
“As the search process gets underway, the WittKieffer team will consult widely with Franklin Pierce faculty, students, staff, alumni and other stakeholders to gather insights and ideas about the future leadership needs of the University moving forward,” stated Frederick W. Pierce IV, Chair of the Board of Trustees.
“WittKieffer’s president-search team tailors their services and approach to the specific needs and institutional profile of each client they serve,” stated Steve Duprey, Vice Chair of the Board. “They have conducted more than 130 leadership searches for colleges and universities in the last decade alone.” The Board of Trustees will also soon appoint a search committee to work with the Board and with WittKieffer to assist in the search for the University’s 7th President.
For more than 50 years, WittKieffer has been a premier search and leadership advisory firm improving quality of life through impactful leadership. As an executive search firm in higher education, WittKieffer is exclusively dedicated to serving mission-driven institutions that improve the quality of life. Their Education Practice has a singular focus: identifying leadership in education. They are widely recognized for serving their client institutions with integrity, professionalism, responsiveness and a commitment to excellence.
We are pleased to announce the full membership of the Presidential Search Committee, which will work collaboratively in partnership with executive search firm WittKieffer, to ensure an inclusive and thorough search process for the next president of Franklin Pierce.
The Committee’s membership represents a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, but all share an unwavering dedication to our University.
The Presidential Search Committee members are:
- Frederick W. Pierce, IV, Immediate Past Chair, Board of Trustees and Co-Chair, Presidential Search Committee
- Steve Duprey, Chair, Board of Trustees and Co-Chair, Presidential Search Committee
- Genevieve McGillicuddy ’94, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
- Lloyd Astmann ’69, Trustee Emeritus
- Carleen Farrell ’71, Trustee Emerita
- Jacqueline McDunnah ’03, President, Alumni Board of Directors
- Rachel Burleson, Director of Athletics
- Steve Camerino Hon. DHL ’23, Former Member, Board of Trustees
- Mary Kelly, Ph.D., Professor of History, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
- Priscilla Marsicovetere, JD, PA-C, Dean, College of Health and Natural Sciences
- Paul McLellan ’23, MBA ’25, graduate student
- Kyle Rao ’15, Catering and Conference Services Manager, Sodexo
- Scott Richardson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Health and Natural Sciences
- Sarah Tatro, Human Resources Manager
- Isabella Williams ’25, Biology, undergraduate student
The Presidential Search Committee met earlier this week to initiate their efforts and set an aggressive timeline in order to identify our next president ahead of the end of the academic year. Additionally, in the coming weeks, the WittKieffer team which includes Jeff Compher, Lucy Leske, and Kim Migoya, will be meeting with faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, community members and student representatives to hear your thoughts on the opportunities that lie ahead, as well as the ideal qualities and characteristics for the next president.
To share comments on the search, please feel free to email WittKieffer directly at FPUPresident@wittkieffer.com.
Frederick W. Pierce, IV
Immediate Past Chair, Board of Trustees
Co-Chair, Presidential Search Committee
Chair, Board of Trustees
Co-Chair, Presidential Search Committee
As the search committee has been established and seated, received their charge and engaged in discussions regarding the search process ahead, they are preparing to develop and distribute a campus input survey in the days ahead, and will hold campus listening sessions the week of November 13. These sessions will take place both in person on the Rindge Campus and via Zoom meeting.
“The search committee will be holding the meetings,” explained Lucy Leske, WittKieffer senior partner, “and my colleagues and I will provide our support to help them make these discussions as informative and productive as possible.”
These sessions represent a crucial step in the process to gather input from university stakeholder groups and will last 45-60 minutes.
Listening sessions have been scheduled the week of November 13 for student, faculty and staff groups. Meeting details have been shared via email.
All times listed below reflect Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Monday, November 13
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. - FPU Senior Leadership Team Listening Session
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Search Committee Meeting
1 - 2 p.m. - Open session #1 for FPU Staff in Spagnuolo Hall
3:30 - 4:15 p.m. - Open session #1 for FPU Faculty in Spagnuolo Hall
4:30 - 5:15 p.m. - Academic Senate Listening Session
6:15 - 7 p.m. - Open session for Rindge students in Spagnuolo Hall
7:15 - 8 p.m. - Alumni Association Board of Directors Listening Session (Zoom)
Tuesday, November 14
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. - Open session #2 for FPU Staff in Spagnuolo Hall
11 - 11:45 a.m. - Deans & Provost Listening Session
6 - 6:45 p.m. - Student Athlete Advisory Council Listening Session (Zoom)
Wednesday, November 15
12 - 12:45 p.m. - Lebanon, NH Academic Center Faculty & Staff Listening Session (Zoom)
1 - 1:45 p.m. - Manchester, NH Academic Center Faculty & Staff Listening Session (Zoom)
4 - 4:45 p.m. - Goodyear, AZ and Round Rock, TX Academic Center Faculty & Staff Listening Session (Zoom)
6:30 - 7:15 p.m. - Student Government Association Listening Session (Zoom)
Thursday, November 16
9 - 9:45 a.m. - Open session #3 for FPU Staff (Zoom)
5:30 - 6:15 p.m. - Open Session for Online/Graduate students (Zoom)
Friday, November 17
10 - 10:45 a.m. - Community Leaders Listening Session (Zoom)
4 - 4:45 p.m. - Open session #2 for FPU Faculty (Zoom)
A survey is also forthcoming to collect additional comments and feedback from both members of the Franklin Pierce Community and community-at-large.
A survey has been created to collect additional comments and feedback from both members of the Franklin Pierce Community and community-at-large on the Presidential Search.
Please click here to submit your feedback via the survey.
Franklin Pierce Presidential Search
Contact WittKieffer directly at FPUPresident@wittkieffer.com.