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Business Leaders Roundtable Hosted by Franklin Pierce University

May 14, 2013

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Franklin Pierce University held a Business Leaders Roundtable at the Wigwam Resort in Phoenix on May 7. The event, hosted by Franklin Pierce President James F. Birge, gathered business and city leaders as well as higher education representatives together to address future educational needs in the West Valley. Mayor Georgia Lord of the City of Goodyear offered the welcome address.

The Roundtable drew together approximately 15 attendees from the West Valley with representatives from the Chamber, the mayor’s office, Estrella Mountain Community College, and Franklin Pierce University. In addition to Franklin Pierce’s president, Provost Kim Mooney, Vice President of Enrollment Lisa Bunders, CGPS Dean Douglas Southard, and DPT Program Director Stephanie Johnson were there from Franklin Pierce to spearhead informal discussions when the group broke into a series of smaller tables. Dr. Birge was pleased with the event adding, “Goodyear officials and business leaders were quite helpful in sharing their ideas on the needs for an emerging work force in the West Valley. Our goal is to develop academic programs that will respond to these needs and contribute to a thriving West Valley community.”

Franklin Pierce currently offers the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in its West Van Buren facility. The business leaders at the Roundtable shared the current educational needs of their workforce and the educational needs that they anticipated in the future, followed by lively discussions about how Franklin Pierce could best meet current and future needs.




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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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