Dr. Kim Mooney transitions from provost to president

by Jackie Sizing and Shannon McKeever
edited by Ian Keating

Dr. Kim Mooney ‘83 was installed as the sixth president of Franklin Pierce University, as well as first woman and alumna this past Saturday, September 23rd.

In her address, said she was dedicated to the mission that every student has a place on campus and has access to opportunities to succeed. “We welcome students to make our options work for their education goals,” Mooney said, “Access to higher education is a driving value of this university.”

Several speakers came to the ceremony, including sisters of Mooney, Beth Mooney-Stokes and Tracy Mooney. The other speakers included were Mike Vlacich, president and CEO of NH College and University, Lloyd Astmann ‘96 Trustee, Dr. Catherine Owen Koning, Division of Natural Sciences, and more.  All speakers spoke about why Mooney is a great fit for the position, gave personal stories, positive impacts, and more.

(Photo: Franklin Pierce University)

“Dr. Mooney is our strong, centering figure as provost and now president,” said Deanna Dedault, Master Physician Assistant of Studies Program. “Dr. Mooney, we look to you to hold us together as a unified university… we look forward to your continued leadership for this educational institution that we all recognize you love so very much.”

In an email interview, Mooney said there are many initiatives underway to help students in relevant learning experiences. For instance, Franklin Pierce’s Career Service Center is focusing on finding more internships along with co-op opportunities for all students and help connect them with businesses for internships and hopefully, employment. Mooney also said that the Career Service Center is developing a First Year Experience program, which would bring academic interests and opportunities.

“I love the spirit of the institution that is brought to life every day by the students, staff, faculty, alumni, and Trustees. I love that this institution cares as much about its students as it does and wants not only to educate them, but also encourage personal growth and transformation,” said Mooney in her interview.

The ceremony took place in the Fieldhouse during Family Day and Homecoming Celebration. This event was open to the entire Franklin Pierce community, including alumni and their families, faculty, and current students.

 

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