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Bruce Kirsh’s Legacy Celebrated at Franklin Pierce University

June 15, 2012

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Bruce Kirsh, Vice President & Director of Athletics at Franklin Pierce University, has given his talents to the University for 40 years, helping athletics to achieve an NCAA Division II ranking, among an array of other notable accomplishments that have helped the University develop and expand. Perhaps that is why the University’s President James Birge did not want to see Kirsh retire and encouraged him to consider staying on as the Director of Athletics. Kirsh agreed, but will step away from his responsibilities as Vice President of the University as of June 30th.

Dr. Birge, speaking on behalf of the University, says, “Bruce Kirsh is one of the finest individuals a University President can hope to have on his or her team. We’ve been incredibly fortunate to call him one of our own for more than 40 years and are immensely pleased that he is staying on as our Athletics Director.” Kirsh was in the sixth class of graduates at Franklin Pierce, graduating in 1971. He served in various posts during his tenure with the University’s “Ravens;” included among the distinctions and honors he earned in athletics was being selected as one of five NAIA coaches by the U.S. State Department to conduct a series of clinics in Seychelles, Africa, in 1984, and being inducted into the Franklin Pierce Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992. Kirsh has guided women’s basketball, men’s soccer, and has coached baseball, softball, golf, and women's tennis for various periods over the years.

In January of 1996, Kirsh was named Assistant to the President for Administration at Franklin Pierce and accepted the task of overseeing buildings and grounds, and recreation and facility scheduling, in addition to athletics. In the summer of 2002, Kirsh was appointed Vice President at the University; the appointment was made at the conclusion of the opening of the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communications at Franklin Pierce, for which he played a significant role in the construction efforts. Kirsh was also instrumental in the development of the Sodexo Field and the Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Field, and Franklin Pierce’s newest facility to open in August, The Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Health Sciences and Athletic Training Center. “When Bruce sets his mind to achieving a goal,” says Dr. Birge, “there’s no stopping him! Franklin Pierce University is a better place in so many ways for the drive and vision of Bruce Kirsh.”




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Franklin Pierce University is a regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies with locations in Arizona and throughout New Hampshire. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. The institutional mission embraces an education that matters: one that achieves academic success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. Our community of educators and learners creates an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. A Franklin Pierce experience enables each student to discover and fulfill his or her own unique potential. We prepare students to become confident, knowledgeable individuals and leaders of conscience.

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