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Franklin Pierce University names new Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing

Jan. 10, 2012

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RINDGE, NH – Franklin Pierce University President Dr. James F. Birge is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lisa Bunders as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing. Lahti Search Consultants assisted the University with this search which also included an internal committee comprised of Franklin Pierce students, staff and faculty.

Dr. Bunders brings more than 18 years experience in higher education administration to this position. Most recently, she held the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management and Athletics at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa where she was responsible for all recruiting efforts. During her tenure, the institution tripled application numbers in all recruiting cycles, increased enrollment and the academic profile each year.

Prior to her work at Loras, Dr. Bunders served as Vice President for Enrollment, Research and Financial Aid at Northland College in Ashland, Wis., and a variety of other positions including Director of Institutional Research, adjunct faculty, assessment coordinator and Assistant Director of Residential Life.

At Franklin Pierce, Dr. Bunders will oversee the admissions and financial aid efforts of the entire University – the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies. She will coordinate, direct and implement programs and projects that support new student recruitment and retention. With her vast experience in the higher education enrollment arena, attracting top students and retaining them, Dr. Bunders will play a vital role in the University’s strategic plan.

In announcing the appointment, President Birge said, “Dr. Bunders brings a wealth of higher education enrollment experience to Franklin Pierce University and we are very pleased and fortunate to have her leading our enrollment initiatives. She will play a central role as we increase our visibility, enroll more students and provide an education that matters.”

Dr. Bunders holds a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education with an emphasis in Educational Psychology/Research and Statistics from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D. She earned her Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Central Missouri State University and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. Dr. Bunders has been an active member of the Dubuque community serving on various boards and committees, and was recognized as a ‘Rising Star’ in 2009 by the city of Dubuque. Dr. Bunders will be moving to the area with her family to begin her duties in mid-March.


Franklin Pierce University is a private, 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 focuses on preparing citizens and leaders of conscience for a new century who make significant contributions to their professions and communities, whether their aspirations are local or global.

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