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Dr. Lucille Jordan Receives Walter R. Peterson Citizen Leader Award

May 18, 2012

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Dr. Lucille Jordan, President of Nashua Community College, was awarded The Honorable Walter R. Peterson Citizen Leader Award at Franklin Pierce University’s Commencement Exercises on May 12th.  The award was created in 2011 to honor the late Governor Peterson’s lifelong commitment to public service and higher education in the state of New Hampshire; he served two terms as the Governor of New Hampshire and was FPU’s second president from 1975-1995. The award, presented at the annual Commencement Exercises, is intended to acknowledge and to honor an individual for his or her extraordinary commitment to public service, selfless contributions to higher education, sense of humor, and high moral character.

Dr. Lucille Jordan exemplifies the qualities that the Peterson Citizen Leader Award serves to honor. Jordan, who has been president of NCC since 1997, has achieved national and state recognition for her commitment to community service, civic responsibility, developmental education, and business and industry partnerships. Her personal and professional mission is to work toward a more civil society. The late Governor Peterson’s wife, Dorothy Peterson, presented the award medallion to Dr. Jordan. In her acceptance remarks, Dr. Jordan had inspirational words to offer to the 2012 graduates assembled. “Each graduate has the capacity to bring about social change,” she said. “Each graduate today has the potential to be a hero. What is your gift? How can you best serve?”

In addition to the award medallion, the Citizen Leader Award recipient is presented with a $2,500 cash award and a $2,500 contribution made in honor of the recipient to the charity of his or her choice.




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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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