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New Book About Franklin Pierce University Written by Its Founder

October 31, 2012

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Frank S. DiPietro, Ed.D., founder and first president of Franklin Pierce University, has written a newly published book about the founding of the University, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The Founding of Franklin Pierce University; An Entrepreneur’s Approach to Education, with a foreword by the University’s famous alumna, Temple Grandin, chronicles the challenges, growing pains, and ultimate triumphs of starting an institute of higher education.

DiPietro’s honest reflection of the vision, politics, financing, and leadership involved in founding Franklin Pierce University is both deeply personal and highly descriptive of the nuts and bolts that were required to establish the institution and then help it to grow and thrive. The tools and lessons learned, carefully described by DiPietro, are applicable to starting any new business or school.

From the book:

     “I founded Franklin Pierce College in 1962, on the assumption that a liberal arts
     college that emphasized the process of learning how to learn would meet the
     educational needs of the times. … I envisioned that Franklin Pierce College would
     provide a relevant living experience for those students who wanted to learn how
     to learn and learn how to live.” [Italics in original]

DiPietro had the vision and drive that would breathe life into the institution and set it on a successful trajectory. Franklin Pierce eventually became a university and is celebrating its 50th anniversary, while many other colleges that had sprung up during the ’60s and ’70s have been forced to close their doors.

Franklin Pierce University will celebrate the official anniversary date of its charter and incorporation on Nov. 14, so DiPietro’s book comes at a momentous time for the University. DiPietro visited the Rindge campus in September to be part of the 50th Anniversary kickoff celebration at the University’s annual Alumni & Reunion Weekend. When asked what DiPietro was most proud of with respect to the University, he answered, “That it survived!” He credits much of its success to “the relatively small size of the University and the close interaction between faculty and students.”

Dr. DiPietro and his wife, Theresa, currently reside in Arizona, where they run an alternative educational program, The Learning Lab Academy, for students in grade 6 through 12.




                 An education that matters.

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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