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Women in Leadership Roles at Franklin Pierce University

January 16, 2013

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Last fall, New Hampshire made history when it elected a female governor and its first all-women congressional delegation, but Franklin Pierce University was ahead of this trend. Several women had already been positioned in key leadership roles going into their 2012-2013 academic year: Dr. Kerry McKeever, Dean of the College at Rindge; Dr. Lynne Rosansky, Dean at the College of Graduate & Professional Studies; and Dr. Kim M. Mooney, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Kerry McKeever was hired as the Dean of the College at Rindge in the summer of 2012. “I decided to come to Franklin Pierce because I sensed that the University was at a crossroad and headed into a very interesting, innovative future. I also felt that I would work well with the faculty, staff, and administration,” said McKeever. “I felt at home from the first day, and as I continue to learn about the University and its community, that sensibility grows stronger.” Dr. McKeever received a master’s in English from the University of Rhode Island and specialized in British and Continental Romanticism and Critical Theory at the University of California at Irvine, where she earned her doctorate. Her background includes ten years in the California state community college system and teaching at the University of Idaho from 1989-2004 before becoming an Associate Dean of the State University of New York at Geneseo, where she served for eight years before coming to Franklin Pierce. Dr. McKeever is targeting some of her early efforts in enhancing program review and enabling curriculum redesign that can better meet student needs. She is also working on improving the culture and conditions in which faculty work.

Dr. Lynne Rosansky joined Franklin Pierce in September 2012 as the Dean at the College of Graduate & Professional Studies, overseeing its five centers throughout New Hampshire and Arizona, as well as its online program. “There are many great programs at the College of Graduate & Professional Studies, and I’m excited to help them grow their mission to provide degrees, certificates, and training for professionals seeking career advancement.” Dr. Rosansky earned her M.B.A. from Babson College and her Ph.D. at Boston University and then led a consulting practice focused on management and leadership development. She served as a faculty member at Babson College, Brandeis University, Simmons College, and SUNY Levin Institute, was former president of Hult International Business School, Provost at SUNY Levin Institute, and Senior VP and Provost at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vt.

Dr. Kim Mooney, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Franklin Pierce since 2009, brings a unique perspective to the University, as she spent four years as an undergraduate at Franklin Pierce back in the day when it was still a college. Prior to returning to her alma mater, Dr. Mooney enjoyed a successful 20-year career as a faculty member and academic administrator at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York. Under her leadership at Franklin Pierce, the University has launched a major process of self-assessment and re-alignment, resulting in far-reaching initiatives such as the revision of the general and liberal education curriculum, the ongoing review of academic programs, and the integration of graduate and undergraduate education into meaningful pathways for students from their first year through their master’s or doctoral degrees. “I enjoy finding ways to enhance what is already working well at the University,” says Dr. Mooney, “and working creatively to identify new growth and improvement opportunities and facilitating leadership qualities in others.” Dr. Mooney served on the Franklin Pierce University Board of Trustees from 2002-2008 and as Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. She holds her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of New Hampshire.

These three women share a passion for academic excellence and a shared vision to make Franklin Pierce University—celebrating its 50th anniversary in this academic year—as vibrant as it can be so that it is well positioned to enjoy its centennial anniversary in another 50 years. Together, they bring a powerful and rich set of talents to higher education in New Hampshire. 




                 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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