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“Leadership College” Program Attracts Student Leaders Statewide

February 11, 2013

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Franklin Pierce University seniors Nicolas Thistle and Jennifer Cotnoir were among 27 students from 17 institutions from throughout New Hampshire who attended a Leadership College program on February 1-2. This two-day workshop in Manchester was a chance for a select group of students to interact with emerging adult leaders who are participating in a year-long educational process through Leadership New Hampshire, which runs the Leadership College program in association with the New Hampshire College and University Council (NHCUC), the NH Higher Education Assistance Foundation, Fidelity Investments, Stay Work Play, and the NH Charitable Foundation. 

Students were given the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills; meet decision-makers and other leading members of the New Hampshire business, political, and cultural communities, as well as other student leaders; and to learn about the major social, economic, and cultural issues of the state. Eligibility for the workshop was open to matriculated students at NHCUC member institutions who expressed an interest in civic engagement and pursuing a post-graduate career in New Hampshire. Participants were selected by their schools based on demonstrated leadership skills and participation in campus activities.

This was the second year that Nicolas Thistle attended the Leadership College. “Even though I was a part of the inaugural class last year,” Nicolas says, “there was still so much that I gained by participating in this initiative for a second time. I acquired new professional and personal relationships, learned how influential the state of New Hampshire is, and realized the enormous potential that we, as student leaders, have on our college campuses to help impact and change our society.” Nicolas will be graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice and Education and hopes to teach in New Hampshire at the middle school level. Jennifer Cotnoir attended the program for the first time; she is a Sports and Recreation Management major planning to work with minor league baseball or farm teams upon graduation.




                 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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