Franklin Pierce University today announced the appointment of Catherine M. Paden, Ph.D. as provost and vice president for academic affairs. In July 2021, Dr. Paden will assume her new role as the chief academic officer on Franklin Pierce’s highly collaborative senior leadership team, where she will oversee the development, implementation and assessment of new programs and the ongoing review and evaluation of existing curricula. She will report directly to Dr. Kim Mooney, president of Franklin Pierce University.
“Dr. Paden is an accomplished academic professional with a strong record of success empowering faculty in their efforts to provide the impassioned instruction, guidance and attention that makes a difference in students’ lives,” said Dr. Mooney. “Her ability to foster an inclusive environment and her demonstrated proficiency in creating innovation aligns perfectly with our vision for the future of Franklin Pierce.”
As provost and vice president for academic affairs at Franklin Pierce University, Dr. Paden will lead strategic institutional initiatives for innovation in program development and teaching and learning. Her experience in designing and launching academic programs and building an implementing undergraduate and graduate curricula will enhance the University’s development of programs that resonate with the demands of the broader marketplace. She will provide oversight of student success initiatives, including retention efforts.
“I was immediately drawn to Franklin Pierce University by the richness of its academic programs, the passion of its faculty, the impact it is making in important arenas like health care and its commitment to provide an inclusive environment that welcomes and celebrates all students,” said Paden. “I look forward to contributing to the exciting work to come and am thrilled to join Raven Nation.”
Dr. Paden, a tenured faculty member at Simmons, earned her doctoral degree in political science from Northwestern University and received her bachelor’s from Vassar College. Her interests focus on American politics and how underrepresented groups gain political representation. Her recent research includes, work to examine the impact of local civil rights efforts and economic justice on national public policy.
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