Franklin Pierce University Announces New Director of Athletics

April 11, 2017

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Franklin Pierce University announces the appointment of Rachel Burleson to the position of Director of Athletics, succeeding Bruce Kirsch who will retire in June after serving in the position at Franklin Pierce for 45 years.

Most recently, Burleson served as the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Administration at Missouri Southern State University, where she also served as the Director of Internal Operations and the NCAA Division II Compliance Officer. 

Prior to working at Missouri Southern State University, Burleson was the Assistant Athletic Director for Equipment, Events, and Facilities at Western State Colorado University where she coordinated marketing, promotions, and fundraising for athletics, and also provided oversight for facility projects. Burleson earned her Master of Science in Education for Athletic Administration from Northwest Missouri State University and her Bachelor of Science from Tarleton State University.  

“With more than a decade of intercollegiate sports administration and coaching experience at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level, Ms. Burleson was a stand-out candidate for this position,” said President Kim Mooney. “Her experience and passion will fortify and propel Franklin Pierce’s athletic department, and I am confident that she will bring a spirit of collaboration and a commitment to strong communication that will extend throughout the University.” 

Burleson’s appointment is effective July 1.


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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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