Franklin Pierce University Names Andru Volinsky as its First Civic Scholar-In-Residence
Former N.H. Executive Councilor and Gubernatorial Candidate Will Give Lectures, Teach
at Rindge Campus
September 6, 2021
Former N.H. Executive Councilor and Gubernatorial Candidate Andru Volinsky has been
named Franklin Pierce University’s first Civic Scholar-in-Residence for the 2021-2022
academic year. A social justice advocate, Mr. Volinsky will host a series of lectures
and teach within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
“FPU is honored to welcome Andu Volinsky as our first Civic Scholar-in-Residence,”
said Matthew Konieczka, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences.
“Our students will learn greatly from Mr. Volinsky’s breadth of experience as a lawyer,
elected official, and advocate as we continue to provide them opportunities to be
confident and knowledgeable citizens.”
Andru Volinsky began his career as a public defender in Tennessee, has defended clients
against the death penalty, including arguing in front of the Supreme Court of the
United States. Volinsky was also the lead lawyer in the historic 1997 Claremont School
Funding case that established the right to an adequate state-funded public education
in New Hampshire. A dedicated public servent, he served as counsel to N.H.’s Secretary
of State and was a board member and legal counsel to the New Hampshire chapter of
the ACLU. In 2016, Andru was elected to the Executive Council of the State of New
Hampshire and served two terms before running for the democratic nomination in the
2020 gubernatorial election.
“I am very proud to join the Franklin Pierce University faculty as its inaugural Civic
Scholar-in-Residence and pleased to have the opportunity to lecture and interact
with students on such a critical topic for our times as civic engagement,” shared
Mr. Volinsky’s first lecture, titled “Can the Constitution(s) save the American Dream?”,
will take place on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 11 a.m. in Spagnuolo Hall as part
of FPU’s annual Constitution Day celebration.
← return to news
Mon - Fri:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.