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Celebration of New Hub at Franklin Pierce University

January 17, 2014

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Franklin Pierce University at Manchester celebrated its Grand Opening on January 16 with special remarks given by Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and Dr. James Birge, president of Franklin Pierce University. Community and business leaders, educators, and faculty, staff, students, and trustees of the University toured the new facility and enjoyed refreshments and conversation together.

Franklin Pierce at Manchester is the new hub of the University’s College of Graduate & Professional Studies (CGPS), which offers programs from the undergraduate to the doctoral level. One of its standout programs at Franklin Pierce at Manchester is its Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, the only DPT program in the state of New Hampshire.

“The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is one of the best kept secrets in New Hampshire!” Mayor Gatsas said in his remarks at the Grand Opening. “We need to get the word out! Every time a college or University comes to do business in the City of Manchester, we all benefit.”

Franklin Pierce at Manchester is the central administrative site for the University’s three other CGPS sites: one each in Lebanon and Portsmouth, N.H., and a campus in Goodyear, Ariz., where it also operates a second DPT program. With state-of-the-art laboratory and clinical simulation space, as well as general classrooms and seminar space, the new facility in the beautifully restored Jefferson Mill building is well positioned to serve as the center of CGPS activities.

“The trend today is for many graduate programs – and undergraduate programs for adult learners – to be made up of online or hybrid classes – while other programs like the DPT use traditional on-site classes,” says Dr. Doug Southard, Dean of CGPS. “It makes a lot of sense for Franklin Pierce at Manchester to serve as a central hub for administering these diverse programs.”

Dr. Birge highlighted CGPS’s M.B.A. program with its six areas of specialization in his remarks. “Our M.B.A. program is poised to serve the New Hampshire business community with the expertise it needs to expand and thrive,” he said, adding that a new accelerated one-year M.B.A. program is rolling out this May. Mayor Gatsas commented on how delighted he is that Franklin Pierce University is educating students to fulfill vital roles in business, healthcare, and education sectors in Manchester and beyond.

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FRANKLIN PIERCE UNIVERSITY
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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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