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New Dean Appointed for Franklin Pierce University’s College of Graduate & Professional Studies

March 15, 2013

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The Provost’s Office at Franklin Pierce University and the Dean Search Committee of the University’s College of Graduate & Professional Studies (CGPS) announce the appointment of Dr. Douglas Southard to the position of Dean of CGPS, effective July 1, 2013. Dr. Southard will take on his new role as the interim dean, Lynne Rosansky, completes her responsibilities.

Dr. Southard, a Bradford, N.H., resident, is currently the director of Franklin Pierce University’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. “Doug’s candidacy received strong support from all who participated in the interview process, and I am delighted he will step into this important leadership position,” says Provost Kim Mooney.

Prior to his service at Franklin Pierce, Dr. Southard was the dean of the School of Health Sciences at Saint Francis University and the provost/dean for Academic Affairs at Jefferson College of Health Sciences. In addition to his administrative roles, Dr. Southard earned early promotion and tenure at Virginia Tech and served in clinical faculty roles at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Tech, a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University, and is a Fellow and past president of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.




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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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