Dr. Kim Mooney ’83 became the sixth President of Franklin Pierce University on August 1, 2016. With the distinction of being both the first female and the first alumna to serve in the role, President Mooney has inspired an exciting new era at Franklin Pierce under the guiding principles of collaboration, communication, and community.
President Mooney has infused the University with a spirit of innovation, encouraging faculty and staff to imagine new ways to engage and educate through experiential learning, research, internships, co-ops, and volunteerism in preparation for life on the other side of a university degree.
Decades of service to Franklin Pierce
President Mooney’s commitment to her alma mater spans several decades. She served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, then on the Franklin Pierce University Board of Trustees as Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee from 2001-2008. From there, she joined the University administration as Interim Provost and Acting President, and served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2009-2016. She was named President in 2016.
Across her many roles at Franklin Pierce, President Mooney has remained devoted to one mission: ensuring that every student has a place at Pierce, with ample opportunities to discover their passions and greatest potential.
Under her leadership as Provost and then President, Franklin Pierce has accomplished significant milestones identified through a rigorous strategic planning progress. The general and liberal education curriculum at Franklin Pierce has been strengthened. The University has launched the IACBE-accredited College of Business integrating undergraduate and graduate business studies, and providing accelerated pathways to advanced degrees. Applied Health programs have expanded at our locations in Manchester, Lebanon and Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Goodyear, Arizona. Business partnerships that benefit both Franklin Pierce students and the local economy are a top priority.
Distinguished academic career
Prior to her return to Franklin Pierce, President Mooney enjoyed a rewarding career as a psychology professor and academic administrator at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. During her twenty-year tenure, she was the associate dean for faculty affairs, the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the special assistant to the president for assessment.
President Mooney holds her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of New Hampshire, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English, from Franklin Pierce College, magna cum laude.
Visionary leadership for the Monadnock region and beyond
President Mooney embraces the ideal of an education that builds “civic professionalism” through the intersection of formal knowledge, practical skills and commitment to the common good. Through classroom learning, work experience and mentoring, students gain a sense of individual identity and community connection.
President Mooney works tirelessly to establish Franklin Pierce as a key player in the New Hampshire economy. By building bridges with civic and statewide leaders, businesses, municipalities,
nonprofits and healthcare facilities, she seeks out two-way partnerships that provide
internship and career opportunities for students, and professional skill development
for today’s workforce. She serves as President of the Hannah Grimes Center Board of
Directors, providing leadership to the Keene-based Center for Entrepreneurship that
helps develop successful entrepreneurs who are committed to building a vibrant regional
With strong support for the growing Franklin Pierce programs outside New Hampshire in Arizona, President Mooney is open to innovative models of growth and delivery of higher education that will position students for success wherever their paths lead them as alumni.
Under President Mooney’s leadership, Franklin Pierce University is positioned for the long term through clear strategic objectives and financial strength. Fiscal improvements include over $1 million in grant funding in 2017-18, a sustained multi-million dollar operating surplus, and a 50% increase in the endowment over two years. In 2018, Franklin Pierce University and President Mooney were named to the short list of Top Women-led Businesses and Nonprofits in NH by Business NH Magazine.
The University is investing in the infrastructure needed to deliver high quality, accessible learning in the years to come. Over $3 million in capital projects were accomplished in 2017- 2018 or are planned for 2018-2019. These include enhanced wireless access, digital technology and robotics in the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication, a new library café and patio, and new information systems that connect the Franklin Pierce community, support students through successful graduation and promote lifelong connections with alumni.
The College of Business has a new home on the Rindge campus, serving over a quarter of Franklin Pierce students. The Business Relations Task Force has been created to identify potential for strategic partnerships that benefit students and the community.
Presidential Installation: September 23, 2017. The Installation of the sixth Franklin Pierce University President, Dr. Kim Mooney ’83, the first woman and the first almuna to lead the school.
Pierce Magazine Fall 2017 Feature Article, "A Raven in Charge"
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President Mooney Discusses Higher Education Affordability
Franklin Pierce Awarded Non-Profit of the Year
President Mooney with NPR’s Diane Rehm and Marlin Fitzwater.
President Mooney and members of her Senior Staff with A.L.A.NA Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award winner Shinel Nicholas.
President Mooney chats with student Jemma Thacker ‘18 during the 2017 Academic Showcase.
President Mooney and Professor and Director of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program Doug Southard congratulate a student during a White Coat Ceremony.
President Mooney chats with members of the class of 2017 during the Senior Brunch.
President Mooney surprises excited freshmen with a personal delivery of holiday cookies.
President Mooney, members of the Board of Trustees, and her Senior Staff participate in a Doctor of Physical Therapy lab demonstration.
President Mooney with Joe Sciacca, Editor-in-Chief of the Boston Herald at the 2016 Fitzwater Honors celebration.
President Mooney with Provost Lynne Rosansky, the 2017 Honorable Walter R. Peterson Citizen Leader Award recipient Laura Knoy of NHPR, and Michael C.J. Fallon and the Honorable Barney Frank, recipients of 2017 honorary degrees.
Executive Assistant to the President
Randell J. Kennedy
Office of the President