Profiles of Excellence

To help commemorate Franklin Pierce’s first 50 years, 50 “Profiles of Excellence” are featured. People chosen for Profiles of Excellence are alumni, faculty, or staff who have distinguished themselves through academic excellence, career achievements, or community service, or who have otherwise contributed to Franklin Pierce in a remarkable way.

Leslye Arsht
Leslye A. Arsht

Leslye A. Arsht currently serves on Franklin Pierce University’s board of trustees. This is a position she is quite familiar with, as Leslye served on the board from 2001-2010 and is also a current member of the advisory board for the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication, an institute for mass communication on the Franklin Pierce campus.

Franklin Pierce is fortunate to have a person of such caliber on its team! Leslye has an extensive and impressive background in government and military affairs, including work in the White House during the Reagan administration as deputy assistant to the President and as deputy press secretary. She co-founded the nonprofit education consulting firm StandardsWork, Inc. and works as a consultant for military families and education.

Leslye has received many honors for the various ways in which she has provided service to our country. In 2004, Leslye received the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award by Ambassador L. Paul Bremer for her service in Iraq, where she served as the senior advisor to the Ministry of Education. In 2008, she received the U.S. Department of Defense medal for distinguished public service.

Franklin Pierce University conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters on Leslye at its 2007 commencement exercises, where Leslye told those gathered that they did not need a clear picture of their destination to be effective citizens, just a desire to make a difference and the knowledge that they can make a difference. “I wanted to solve problems and help people,” she said. And she’s done just that!

LLoyd and Helen AstmannLloyd and Helen (Ament) Astmann '69

Lloyd and Helen (Ament) Astmann have played significant roles in Franklin Pierce’s history. Both alums from the pioneer Class of ’69, they met in their sophomore year, were married during Christmas break of their senior year, and enjoy the distinction of being the first married couple to graduate together. To keep it all in the family, their daughter Jill is also a Franklin Pierce alumna.
Helen and Lloyd were involved in many activities and aspects of campus life at Franklin Pierce during their student years; their generosity of spirit to serve and passion to give back to their beloved alma mater has been steadfast ever since.

Helen and Lloyd were integral in the founding of the Alumni Association, and Lloyd served as its first president to be elected to the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees. Lloyd has been the longest serving trustee to date, and is the first alum to serve as Chairman (2010-2013). At the 2013 Commencement, Lloyd received an Honorary Degree from Franklin Pierce University.

The Astmanns have been extremely generous supporters of Franklin Pierce in myriad ways; they have contributed to the Alumni Association, the school’s annual fund, the athletic department, capital campaigns, the Astmann Family Scholarship Fund, and the Clifford Coles Scholarship Fund. In 2011, they were instrumental in the creation of the Lloyd and Helen Ament Astmann ’69 Career Center in New Hampshire Hall, which serves the entire University community.

Franklin Pierce University is very fortunate to have such loyal, dedicated, and generous alumni in Lloyd and Helen (Ament) Astmann.

Dr. James BirgeDr. James F. Birge

Dr. James F. Birge was appointed the fourth President of Franklin Pierce University by the Board of Trustees on April 7, 2009. Since Dr. Birge's arrival in June of 2009, Franklin Pierce has undertaken significant initiatives in academics and co-curricular life. He has overseen the creation of a Strategic Planning process, curriculum program reviews and revisions, groundbreaking and construction of the new Dr. Arthur & Martha Pappas Health Sciences and Athletic Training facility, additional classroom and online programs in the University's College of Graduate & Professional Studies, upgrades to the residential and dining facilities, the inclusion of five additional intercollegiate athletic teams, and the building of the Melissa Bisaccia Memorial Softball Complex.

Dr. Birge serves on the boards of the New England Council, the Jaffrey-Rindge Education Foundation, and the New Hampshire Higher Education Commission, and he is the vice chair of the New Hampshire College and University Council. He is a Paul Harris Fellow in the Jaffrey-Rindge chapter of Rotary International. Dr. Birge holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, an M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from Plymouth State University, and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Westfield State University.

Dr. Birge is the first Franklin Pierce president to move to the town of Rindge upon his presidency. He and his family enjoy the community life of the town and are active participants.

Nicholas and Pamela Bissacia

Nicholas and Pamela Bisaccia turned their family’s tragedy into positive acts of generosity and good will to others. On September 2, 1997, Nick and Pam Bisaccia experienced the heart-wrenching loss of their daughter, Melissa Bisaccia. Melissa died at the start of her college career at Franklin Pierce from a rare complication of epilepsy.

During her life, Melissa touched many lives in many different ways. She confronted challenges every day, but met them with a dignity and grace uncommon in someone so young. She was passionate about sports and was an accomplished athlete. She also loved children and they, in turn, loved her. Her love of athletics and children inspired her parents to establish scholarships and other philanthropic gifts in her name.

To honor her memory and help others, for the past 15 years the Bisaccia family has awarded scholarships at Melissa’s high school and college: Roy C. Ketcham High School and Franklin Pierce University. The family has also raised and given away funds to support local playgrounds, school libraries, Little League teams, cheerleaders, the Epilepsy Foundation, and children with epilepsy who wish to attend camp. To recognize Nick and Pam’s tremendous kindness and generosity and to honor Melissa’s life and legacy, Franklin Pierce recently named its new softball field facility the Melissa Bisaccia Memorial Softball Complex.

Ahmad BouraAhmad Boura G'02

This alum’s easy smile and friendly, welcoming personality are his trademarks, coupled with high energy and drive. These attributes have served Ahmad Boura G ’02 well in navigating from a humble upbringing in Lebanon to become the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Morningside College in Iowa, after serving in the same position at Franklin Pierce University for several years.
Ahmad earned an accounting degree from Beirut University before immigrating to the United States, where he enrolled in Franklin Pierce’s M.B.A. in Leadership program.

Ahmad coached men and women’s soccer and advised international students as a graduate assistant at Franklin Pierce while going through his graduate program. Soon after, Ahmad was tapped to help the Franklin Pierce develop a robust fundraising department; he began as a Major Gift Officer and then a Chief Development Officer before becoming the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Ahmad is an alumnus who exemplifies what hard work and determination can accomplish!

John Burke
John T. Burke, Jr.John T. Burke, Jr. '66

As one of the 98 members of the inaugural class, John T. Burke, Jr. ’66 is considered a Franklin Pierce pioneer. He and his classmates laid much of the groundwork for the spirit and character of the school. Relying mostly on their imagination, creativity, and drive, they started the first sports teams, student clubs, committees, and social activities. “Maybe we weren’t the most traditional students, but we were very entrepreneurial, and when we got an idea, we ran with it and took it as far is we could.” Fifty years later, many would say this spirit is still alive and well on campus, and it’s been key to keeping the school evolving, growing, and thriving. 

John graduated with honors with a degree in history and soon became an FBI agent, first assigned to Texas, then later Newark, N.J., and finally Boston, Mass. Burke spent 32 years with the FBI. Today, he is the president and owner of American Legal Investigative Services in Boston, where his firm provides private investigations and comprehensive litigation support for the legal community. 

Despite distance and the demands of his career, John maintained his connection and service to Pierce. Together with Lloyd Astmann and others, he established the Alumni Association and served three terms since the 1970s, once as president. John was the class agent for the very first graduating class and was the alumni chairman for the Flint Center Campaign in 1986-1988. 

From 1996 to 2000, John served on the Franklin Pierce board of trustees and served on numerous committees. In 1987 he received the Alumni Participation Award. He is as dedicated today to his alma mater as he was in the early days, giving both his time and resources to support the school he loves. John is a President’s Council member and supports the Annual Fund, capital campaigns, and other University initiatives. “There’s a lot of competition in higher education these days and giving back helps strengthen the institution and ensures its future success,” says John.

Glenorchy P. Campbell

Glenorchy P. Campbell ’79

Glenorchy P. Campbell of New York, N.Y., is a 1979 graduate of Franklin Pierce, where he received his B.A. in English. Glen was recently appointed US Managing Director, BMJ, which advances healthcare worldwide by sharing knowledge and expertise to improve experiences, outcomes, and value. Up until this appointment he was executive vice president for Scientific, Technical, and Medical Journals and Society Business development at Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information and products based in Amsterdam, with operations in the United Kingdom, the U.S., Brazil, and elsewhere.

Glen is also the chairman of Friends of the National Library of Medicine, which supports and promotes the world’s largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine, a vital part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) based in Bethesda, Md. He also serves on the Board of the Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum in Manhattan; the house served as a headquarters for both sides in the American Revolution. Today, the house is lavishly decorated with period furnishings and careful reproductions of period carpets and wallpaper. It is open to the public as a historic house museum.

Glen has been a loyal and generous supporter of Franklin Pierce since he graduated. While a student at Franklin Pierce, he participated in and was president of the Student Senate and the Pierce Media Group and worked as editor of the Pierce Arrow. Glen was also in the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities.

Andy Cohen
Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen '73

Andrew Cohen ’73 is general partner of the Springfield, Mass., real estate firm, Century Investment Company. Founded by his father and uncles, today Cohen and his daughter Elizabeth lead the business. Of his work life, Cohen says he has been lucky. He enjoys what he does and uses his success to help others. “My father always taught me you have to give back to the things you care about, the things you love,” says Cohen. “It’s the right thing to do.” 

Franklin Pierce has been the fortunate recipient of Mr. Cohen’s generosity of time, talents, and resources. He has been a steady donor and active volunteer at Franklin Pierce for more than 35 years. “Franklin Pierce was good to me and I got a lot out of it. It’s easy to give back,” says Cohen. 

His commitment to giving back extends to other areas he is passionate about as well. Cohen has been recognized for his outstanding volunteer work with the Jimmy Fund, the fundraising arm of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston where he has led numerous events and special projects to benefit cancer patients being treated at Dana-Farber. He has also served on the board of directors for State West, the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, and the Springfield Jewish Community Center. In 2010 he was awarded the Franklin Pierce University Leader of Conscience Award for his community service, generosity, and care for others.

Mr. Cohen is married to Jane (Rubin) Cohen. They have two children, Elizabeth and Alexander, and two granddaughters, Lena and Natalia.

Dean Coles
Dean Clifford H. Coles

Dean Clifford H. Coles

Dr. Clifford Coles first joined Franklin Pierce in 1964 as the dean of academic affairs and has since worn many hats: scientist, teacher, mentor, administrator, board of trustee member, and family man. Most importantly, he helped shaped the lives of hundreds of students, faculty, and staff while serving here at Franklin Pierce. While advising many, he had an innate knack for making each individual feel valued and that they were the only concern he had at the moment. He and his wife, Gert, opened their home, which they affectionately called Steeplechase, to the Franklin Pierce community. It was there that young adults were cared for, counseled, and fed – body and soul.

Coles wrote in his journal daily, always starting with a weather report, then on to chronicle his role in the formation of the school at the base of Mt. Monadnock. A write-up in The Pierce Arrow, Vol 6, #9 (April 23, 1969) asked him the following, “There have been many remarks and some accusations to the effect that FPC is an easy school with easy courses, teachers, etc.. Any comment?” He replied, “As a liberal arts college, we offer to each student who comes here what we consider to be the best preparation for whatever life the student is headed for.” Wise words from a man who was dubbed “Mr. Franklin Pierce.”  

John CroninMr. John J. Cronin III '73

John J. Cronin III graduated summa cum laude from Franklin Pierce in 1973 with a Bachelor’s degree in independent study. John was the salutatorian of his class, played with the men’s ice hockey club, and was even responsible for clearing trees from a section of the campus in order to create the old ski slope and jump! In 1977, John received his Juris Doctor from Franklin Pierce Law Center. He has been active within his profession, community, and alma mater throughout his career.

John practices law in Bennington, N.H. He owns his own firm, the Law Offices of John J. Cronin III, P.C., which is a general practice with an emphasis on litigation. John was a prosecuting attorney for the State of New Hampshire from 1977 to 1979. Franklin Pierce has been fortunate to have a loyal and active alumnus in John. He served on the Franklin Pierce Alumni Association Board of Directors for ten years, serving one term as president and another as vice president. In 1984 he was elected to the Board of Trustees, where he remained, serving on various committees for the following 26 years – that’s devotion! In 1997, John was honored with the Franklin Pierce Alumni Participation Award.

Frank DiPietro
Dr. Frank DiPietro

Dr. Frank DiPietro

Frank S. DiPietro, Ed.D., is the founder and first president of Franklin Pierce. Dr. DiPietro founded the college in 1962, served as president until 1975, was chancellor from 1975-1980, and is a trustee emeritus. His commitment to the University is profound and has served Franklin Pierce in countless ways.

What accounts for the fact that out of the group of 13 colleges founded in the 50s and 60s in the state of New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce is one of the four institutions that has remained open, and is in fact, not only still here, but thriving? Frank DiPietro’s ingenuity, perseverance, and un?agging belief in the mission of Franklin Pierce stand in answer to that question.

Dr. DiPietro founded Franklin Pierce with four partners, each contributing $10,000 to start the four- year liberal arts college. Dr. DiPietro purchased the estate and surrounding land overlooking Pearly Pond in Rindge, N.H., to serve as the site of the undergraduate campus, which has grown in beauty and elegance over the years. But perhaps it was Dr. DiPietro’s vision for Franklin Pierce that has helped it to move into its next 50 years with such vitality. Dr. DiPietro wanted to give young people better access to colleges, and he believed that everybody deserved a chance to succeed.

Franklin Pierce’s students have succeeded; they have lived productive lives that have touched thousands upon thousands of other lives, and they have created better and stronger families and communities. And the institution? Franklin Pierce has become a University with ?ve satellite campuses and an online program, and is poised to pierce the future with experience, expertise, and 20,000 plus alumni to help support the vision; all this because Frank DiPietro gave birth to an idea. It shows the impact that one life can have on so many, and for that, the whole Franklin Pierce family is very grateful.

Steven DodrillSteven Dodrill '09

Steven Dodrill has a passion for delivering messages to the public. During his time at Franklin Pierce University, Steven was heavily involved with the different forms of media on campus including radio, television, and emerging media. He excelled as both a news anchor for FPTV and as leader of the Fitzwater Center for Communications political reporting team. Steven received the Fitzwater Medallion for Public Discourse before he graduated. As a student, he spent five months interning for WMUR, a prominent New Hampshire news channel.

After graduation, Steven immediately dove into a career at 95.9 WATD-FM based in Marshfield, Mass. His extensive work with mass communication helped him and his team at WATD-FM to earn two national awards: the Overall Excellence award in the small market radio division and the Best Audio Newscast Award. The two awards were presented to the team by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). Steven is also the recipient of several personal broadcasting awards for coverage of breaking news, hard news, sports coverage, and investigative reporting. During his time at WATD-FM, Steven became a manager and helped the organization combine traditional radio news with user-friendly interfaces on social media. 

In early 2013, Steven left the news world to pursue a career with Dunkin' Brands Inc., home of the brands Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin Robbins. Steven currently works as a Consumer Care Coordinator and on a daily basis connects with guests of the two brands. Among other tasks, Steven has worked closely with the social media teams at Dunkin' Brands on the Facebook pages for both Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, interacting with the guests of both brands.

"I will be forever grateful to the Franklin Pierce community that provided and instilled in me a sense of pride and passion," says Steven. "Being a Raven afforded me countless opportunities for growth; mentally, personally, socially, and professionally, as well as many learning experiences which have allowed me to pursue many great career opportunities, all in such a short amount of time."

Mildred and James W. (Spider) Egan ‘72

Mildred (Kafka) and James W. Egan of Sharon, Mass., are both graduates of the Class of 1972. Millie earned her B.A. in English and Jim a B.A. in Psychology. Jim is the vice president/general manager of Copeland Toyota, Inc. in Brockton, Mass. He was formerly a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Jim enjoys golfing, basketball, and baseball and was an active participant in Franklin Pierce sports. “Spider” was a star basketball player, the captain of the 1972 basketball team, and was chosen as MVP. He also played on the 1971 baseball team. Jim was inducted into Franklin Pierce’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989. Millie and Spider met at Franklin Pierce and have continued to share a wonderful life together. Millie has enriched their lives as a homemaker, and both Millie and Jim are proud grandparents. Franklin Pierce University is grateful for the generous support the Egans have consistently given to their alma mater.

Rick FalconiRick Falconi '69

Rick Falconi is considered one of the pioneers of Franklin Pierce, and so much of what is good and enduring about this school is due in part to his efforts. As a student and alumnus, Rick’s goal has always been to do whatever he can to make the Franklin Pierce experience better for students and graduates. When he was a student in the late 60s, he served as president of the Student Council and later as vice president of the Student Senate. Rick was instrumental in planning the first Homecoming Weekend, and played a key role in bringing popular, high-profile entertainment to our small and off-the-beaten-track campus. After graduation he continued his work by helping to establish and serve on the first board of directors of the Alumni Association.

After taking a few years away from Franklin Pierce to raise a family and run the family business, Rick returned to the Alumni Association and brought with him his invaluable knowledge of the history of Franklin Pierce, along with his considerable experience with the Alumni Association. He has since served as chairman of the Membership and By-Laws committee, and two years ago, having just retired, he immediately stepped up to take on the job of chairman of the Franklin Pierce 50th Anniversary Planning Committee. In this role, Rick has spent endless hours mobilizing people and planning events, digging through the archives at Franklin Pierce and the Rindge Historical Society, and sorting artifacts for display. Rick has an ability to build positive relationships across constituencies, which resulted in the Rindge Historical Society providing a room in their facility exclusively for the Franklin Pierce collection.

Carleen M. Farrell '71

Carleen (Albonizio) Farrell ’71 recently retired from Harvard Business School after a long career in higher education administration in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Carleen has devoted herself to education and helping others. She graduated from Franklin Pierce with a B.A. in sociology with a minor in education. She went on to earn a master’s degree from New York University.

As a member of one of Franklin Pierce’s “pioneer” classes, Carleen has maintained that trail blazing spirit that characterizes many of the alumni of this era. She was the first female alumni member of the University’s Board of Trustees, served from 1981-1994, and was re-elected to the Board in 2010. She credits her parents with instilling in her the value of education and she has used that as a model in her life to find ways to help others access educational opportunities.

Carleen is currently involved with several nonprofit organizations including the Massachusetts and Palm Beach, Florida ConKerr Cancer chapters and is a volunteer instructor at the Germaine Lawrence School in Arlington, Massachusetts. She has also been a volunteer tutor for the Massachusetts Commonwealth Literacy Corporation.

In her student days at Franklin Pierce, Carleen led efforts to establish many student groups and activities and participated in many more. Following graduation, she was instrumental in helping to establish the Franklin Pierce Alumni Association and carried out many roles on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. In 1989 Carleen received the Franklin Pierce Alumni Participation Award and was honored again in 2006 with the Franklin Pierce Leader of Conscience Award for her many years of service and dedication to Franklin Pierce and her community.

Tom FarrelThomas V. Farrell '83

Thomas V. Farrell of Smithtown, N.Y., is a 1983 graduate of Franklin Pierce and a member of the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees since 2007. As a student, he was active in intramural football, basketball, and softball. He was a resident advisor, the Raven’s Nest manager, and member of the Business Club. As a young alum, Tom helped form the New York Alumni Chapter and served as president for two years. Today, he is Senior Managing Director at Changing Our World, Inc., a philanthropic and fundraising consulting firm to the world’s leading nonprofit organizations, corporations, private foundations, and philanthropists. Changing Our World is part of the Omni Group of firms. Tom sold the company he founded in 2001, Trinity Fund Raising Consultants, to Changing Our World in 2011. Trinity was a leader in helping Catholic institutions raise funds for mission critical projects and services. The company had six locations across the country and helped hundreds of parishes meet challenging multi-million dollar objectives and enjoy the benefits of new or improved church facilities, school buildings, and enhanced services. Previously, Mr. Farrell was president of The Martin J. Moran Company in New York from 1997-2001. He began working for The Moran Company in 1984 shortly after graduating from Franklin Pierce.

Therese FayTherese Ledwith Fay '82

Therese Ledwith Fay is a leader in the areas of National Healthcare Communications and Television Production. Currently leading BMS Films, the Broadcast Video Production Division within Bristol Myers Squibb, Therese manages the teams and facilities that produce over 325 Productions a year. Graduating from Franklin Pierce University in 1982 with a B.A. in Media Communications, Therese’s professional background includes joining Cable Television Network of NJ (CTN) as Chief of Operations and building the Network from the start to being the first State Wide Cable Interconnect. Taking her “start-up” skills and combining them with her strong interest in medicine, health, and wellness, Therese went to work for Healthcare Information Network (HIN) as Director of Programming & Production; HIN became the leading national provider of live and taped healthcare TV programming.

From the time she was a student at Franklin Pierce, Therese knew she wanted to start her own production company with a focus on developing original programming. It was at Franklin Pierce, with leadership opportunities such as Senior Class President and exposure to the philosophies of such professors and administrators as Dr. Kenneth Marrer and Don Schreifer, that she saw how strategy and tactics combined with confidence can provide a solid foundation from which to begin a journey to reach ones goals. Launching Media By Design, Therese spent the next 19 years developing and creating national award winning content for such distributors as PBS & WNET-NY. As an on-camera field correspondent, anchor, and host of such programs as Caucus NJ and Seniority, Therese expanded into political policy TV programming and what has become her life’s passion: healthy aging and elder care advocacy.

Therese has been honored to support the Media Communications Division of Franklin Pierce University as a member of the Marlin Fitzwater Center Advisory Committee, presenter at on campus “Tuesday Briefings,” and as a mentor to current students. Honors for Therese have included numerous media production awards, the Marlin Fitzwater Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Public Discourse, Business Woman of the Year by the Business & Professional Women's Club, Inc. and the NJ Business Leaders Magazine "Forty Under Forty" award. Therese enjoys a fulfilling inter-generational life with her husband Andrew, children Owen and Bridget, and her “healthy aging” parents, Marge (87) and Jim (90). She is a Eucharistic Minister at Saint Charles Borromeo Church, and a member of the Feed Thy Neighbor Service Group. Forever grateful to the education she received at Franklin Pierce, Therese has been excited to witness the extensive development of the Media Communications Division at the University.

Marlin Fitzwater
Marlin FitwaterMarlin Fitzwater

Marlin Fitzwater has been a member of the Franklin Pierce University Board of Trustees since 1999, and also serves as a member of the advisory board of the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication. Franklin Pierce University is honored to be the recipient of Marlin’s talents and expertise.

As press secretary to Presidents Reagan and Bush from l983 to l992, Marlin spent a decade in the front row of history. Today he is an author and lecturer whose presidential anecdotes, political analysis, and television commentary have received worldwide attention. As the only press secretary in history to be appointed by two Presidents, Marlin became known to millions of Americans as the voice of the 26-nation coalition in the Persian Gulf War. Often wearing a wide brim hat and an open smile, he stood next to two Presidents during cold war summits, economic downturns, and eight military conflicts. He gave over 850 press briefings in six years, winning praise from the news media and the public for his honesty and good humor.

Marlin was named an Outstanding Civil Servant in government in l980 and received the nation's second highest civilian award, the Presidential Citizens Medal, from President Bush in l992. He served on the Board of the Woodrow Wilson School for International Scholars, and has received numerous other awards and honorary doctorate degrees.

Students at the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication, which celebrated its 10th Anniversary this year, have benefited greatly from the support and guidance that Marlin has given so generously since its inception. President George H.W. Bush spoke at the dedication ceremony in 2002, stating, “To all future students here at this Fitzwater Center, I would simply say that you can hardly do better than study the quiet, selfless example set by your namesake, this son of Abilene, Kansas. And then seek to emulate his genuine decency in your own lives." Well said.

Stanley B. Fry

Stanely (Stan) B. Fry is a former member of the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees and a generous supporter of the University. In 2003, Stan established the Fry Lecture Series Endowment Fund for the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communications at Franklin Pierce. The Fry Lecture Series brings to campus nationally recognized speakers distinguished for his/her contribution to the public discourse.

Stan attended graduate and undergraduate computer science courses at Pennsylvania State University. After serving as Director of Research and Development at Wang Laboratories from 1979-1995, he went on to become founder and chairman of numerous high technology companies. He is currently chairman and CEO of FlashPoint Technology, Inc., which he co-founded in 1996. Stan is recognized as a pioneer and expert in optical character recognition and image processing technology. Throughout his career, his contributions have helped shape the development, conceptualization, design, and creation of dozens of hardware and software imaging products. He holds multiple patents and is credited with developing the first commercially available scanner.

Stan is also an avid gardener and cultivates his gardens on 12 acres around his home in Peterborough, N.H. His gardens were featured on the HGTV show “Gardener’s Diary,” and they have been published in numerous magazines. Stan is also an active art collector.

Paul GoyetteMr. Paul M. Goyette

Paul M. Goyette graduated magna cum laude from Franklin Pierce University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Management in 1994. Paul attended Franklin Pierce’s College of Graduate & Professional Studies as an adult student and enrolled in evening classes to achieve his educational goals. After graduation, Paul joined Northeast Planning Associates, Inc. and has offices in Nashua and Bedford, N.H.

Paul is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner (CFP®), a Certified Estate Planner (CEP), and a Certified Funds Specialist (CFS), and works with individuals, families, and businesses. He specializes in creating financial strategies for retirees and pre-retirees, especially those who have family members with special needs children to develop and implement strategies to help them reach their financial objectives. His work with these families led him to work with the Special Olympics New Hampshire, where he has served as a board member. Paul has also served on the Board of Directors for Against All Odds, a cancer advocacy organization, and is currently a member of the Franklin Pierce University Board of Trustees. Paul resides in Bedford, N.H., with his wife, Suzanne, and their daughter, Grace. 

The Alumni Association Board selected Paul to receive the 2014 Leader of Conscience Award for his service and volunteerism.

Temple Grandin at Podium
Temple GrandinDr. Temple Grandin '70

Dr. Temple Grandin ’70 is recognized nationally and internationally for her extraordinary insights and accomplishments, particularly in the fields of animal science and autism. Today she is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and a highly sought- after consultant and designer of humane livestock handling facilities. She is an author and world-renowned scholar, writing numerous important works on animal welfare and behavior, genetics, and autism.

As a person with autism and a visual thinker, Grandin is able to understand how animals see and feel, and she’s translated these insights into revolutionary changes in the handling of livestock and other animals. “Animals don’t think in language,” says Grandin. “They’re sensory-based thinkers. They store information in their brains in pictures, sounds, smell and touch sensations. You’ve got to get away from language if you want to understand animals.” Her book, Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior describes animals’ emotions, means of communication, and the importance of humans socializing with them.

Dr. Grandin has also written numerous articles and books and provided invaluable guidance to families coping with autism. She was a consultant for the film Rain Man and her own story has been documented in the HBO movie, Temple Grandin. Grandin has also been named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.

At Franklin Pierce, Grandin recalls the value of small classes and professors who gave her individual attention and stuck with her despite her challenges. “Dean Coles, he let me into Franklin Pierce; he took a chance on me. And Norm Dion, I would have never gotten through math without him.” Grandin received the Alumni Leader of Conscience Award in 2008 and was given an honorary degree by Franklin Pierce at Commencement 2012.

Kevin GreenKevin M. Green 00'

Kevin Green is the Senior Vice President, Strategy, Analytics & New Business at Digital Influence and Racepoint Group in Boston, full service Marketing Communications agency headquartered in Boston with offices in London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, San Francisco and Washington D.C.. Responsible for developing innovative digital marketing and advertising solutions, Kevin works directly with senior executives at a wide range of organizations from Global Fortune 100 to young start-ups. Over the past decade, he has received numerous industry awards for work with clients such as IBM, Visa International, Electronic Arts, T-Mobile, Kaiser Permanente, General Electric, and Timberland. He has been quoted in many publications including Forbes, AdAge, and PharmaVoice and speaks frequently at industry events including the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA), MarketingProfs, and Future M. At Franklin Pierce, he focused in media studies and journalism.

Dr. HagertyDr. George J. Hagerty

Dr. George J. Hagerty was Franklin Pierce’s third president; he served from 1995-2009 during a period of significant institutional transformation and growth, and shepherded the institution from a college to recognition as a university in 2007. A personable and charismatic leader, Dr. Hagerty took over the reins from Gov. Walter Peterson, saying, “I intend to continue Walter Person’s rich tradition of knowing every faculty and staff member, as well as every student.”

Under Dr. Hagerty's leadership, Franklin Pierce established graduate studies at several locations, new undergraduate majors, new Division II sports programs, and constructed the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Activity Center at Northfields (The Bubble) and the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication. Dr. Hagerty was inducted into the Northeast-10 Conference Hall of Fame in 2010 for his part in helping to move Division II sports forward at the school, conference, and national level.

Dr. Hagerty received a B.A. in Political Science at Stonehill College, and an M.Ed. in Education Policy and Finance and an Ed.D. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University. He worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the U.S. Department of Education and at the University of Maryland. Before serving at Franklin Pierce, Dr. Hagerty was a faculty member at both of his alma maters, and worked as the director of corporate, foundation, and government relations at Stonehill College.

Dr. Hagerty has received many different awards throughout his career, including the Fitzwater Medal for Leadership in Public Communications 2009 and the National Leadership Award from the National Council of Disabilities in Washington, D.C., in 1989, which he received for his work in the U.S. Department of Education. Over the years, Hagerty has also served on the board of directors for many organizations, including the New England Council, American Council on Education (ACE), and the National Collegiate Association of Athletes (NCAA).

The Franklin Pierce University community was delighted to welcome Dr. Hagerty back to campus during its 2012 Alumni & Reunion Weekend to begin the year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary!

Shaun HoffmanShaun Hoffman '02

Shaun Hoffman was heavily involved in the Theater and Student Activities Council, and as the manager of the Basketball team while at Franklin Pierce. After graduation, he moved to Boston and served as a waiter while managing the Semi Precious Weapons (SPW) band. After working with the group as their tour manager for a few years, Shaun moved to New York to be closer to SPW and took on a job at Planet Hollywood. After traveling the world with SPW, the group landed a tour with Lady Gaga, forcing Shaun to go back to waiting tables full time. But then, fate called when a connection presented Shaun with the opportunity to be the Tour Manager for Bruno Mars. Since January, 2011, Shaun has been part of Bruno’s amazing career-rise to the top, and Franklin Pierce is so proud of his outstanding accomplishments. 

Bruce and Patricia Brown KirshBruce '71 and Patricia Brown Kirsh '70

Bruce and Patricia Brown Kirsh met at Franklin Pierce Universityand have shared their lives and their many gifts with the Franklin Pierce community ever since.

Bruce has made innumerable contributions to Franklin Pierce University while serving in various capacities over the course of 41 years, including serving as the director of athletics for the last 35. Under his guidance, Franklin Pierce transitioned from the NAIA to NCAA Division II, and has won six NCAA championships since 1994. Among the many honors and distinctions he earned in athletics was being selected as one of five NAIA coaches by the U.S. State Department to conduct a series of clinics in Seychelles, Africa, in 1984, and being inducted into the Franklin Pierce Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992. Bruce has guided women’s basketball, men’s soccer, and has coached baseball, softball, golf, and women's tennis for various periods over the years.

Pat has dedicated her life to teaching, starting out as a student teacher at a small private kindergarten, in Troy, N.H.  Soon after she began her teaching career in Winchendon, Mass., Franklin Pierce reached out to Pat, asking her to take field observation students as well as student teachers in her classroom as part of the Field Observation/Student Teaching Program. Within a short period of time, Pat was placing Franklin Pierce Education students in her school. Upon retiring in 2006, after 34 years of teaching, Franklin Pierce University asked her to take a position at the University, coordinating all of the students’ placements and observations. Pat embraced the position and works with the Education Program at Franklin Pierce placing Education students in Elementary Education, Art Education, and Secondary Teacher Certification in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts school districts.
A new facility, the Bruce and Patricia Kirsh Baseball Clubhouse is currently in the planning stages, named in honor of Bruce and Pat to celebrate their remarkable commitment to the Franklin Pierce community and the inspiring legacy of service they have created.

Eric S. Marcus '80

Eric S. Marcus of Northborough, Mass., is a 1980 graduate of Franklin Pierce, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics/Management. Today, Marcus is president of The Marcus Agency, a life and health insurance brokerage firm with offices in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Since assuming the presidency in 1988, the agency has grown tenfold through increased production and the acquisition of two existing insurance brokerage agencies. During his time at Franklin Pierce, Marcus was honored with the Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities Award. Marcus has served the University as a member of the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees from 2009-2013. He has also served as a Class Correspondent for the Alumni Association.


MayburyDr. James F. Maybury

Dr. James F. Maybury graduated from American International College in 1959 with a degree in English. He went on to receive a Mandarin Chinese Certificate from Yale University in 1961, and then a master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Massachusetts in English and American Literature in 1968 and 1970 respectively. His scholarly essays and translations of classic Chinese poetry have appeared in various journals such as theHudson Review, the American Benedictine Review,and the New Orleans Review. Dr. Maybury can read a total of seven foreign languages, including Greek, French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Italian, and Latin. 

Dr. Maybury educated students at Franklin Pierce University from 1970-2013. During that time he taught more than 40 different courses at the University, ranging from “College Writing” to “History of the Theater.” In addition to his time spent at Franklin Pierce, Dr. Maybury also taught at three Chinese universities: Heilongjiang University in Harbin, Shanghai Teachers University, and Zheijiang University in Hangzhou.Dr. Maybury has traveled in Europe and throughout the Far East, which solidified his interest in European and Asian art. In the spring of 2013, a reception was held to honor Dr. Maybury and to celebrate his many years of teaching students at Franklin Pierce. It is easy to see why the campus will miss him!

Kim Mooney
Dr. Kim Mooney

Dr. Kim Mooney '83

Q: What are you doing now?
A: In addition to administering the work of academic affairs as provost and vice president of academic affairs, which is broad and complex in scope, I work with faculty and academic staff to develop and articulate the vision for our division, both in Rindge and in CGPS. I try to inspire colleagues to work toward that vision, whether it involves new programs or new ways to think about shared governance. Leadership often involves getting out of the way of others’ really good ideas, and I try to strike a productive balance between knowing when to take the lead and when to let the collaborative vision and opportunities inspire leadership in others.

Q: How did your Franklin Pierce education and experience impact your life and your career?
A: When I think about my undergraduate experience at Franklin Pierce, I recall two aspects most clearly: my wonderful, smart, and funny friends, and the passionate, challenging faculty who inspired me to work hard and think beyond the confines of the classroom. When I became a college professor in the late 1980’s, I emulated as much as possible the kind of teaching, caring, and mentoring I experienced from the faculty while at Franklin Pierce.

Q: What is your wish for Franklin Pierce in the coming 50 years? 
A: Colleges and universities need to accommodate the accessibility and financial needs of all students, and they need to respond to the demands for flexibility and innovation in the delivery of courses. I very much want to see the University continue to strengthen its academic reputation and its educational appeal to traditional and adult learners so it, too, can respond to the changing landscape in higher education and thrive while doing so. So many people carry a generous and heartwarming loyalty to this institution, and I wish for that responsiveness to Franklin Pierce University to flourish as well.

Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas

Arthur and Martha PappasDr. Arthur M. and Martha Pappas of Auburn, Mass., have given so much to Franklin Pierce University; they have been instrumental in the creation of new facilities on the Rindge campus that will positively impact students for many generations. Franklin Pierce and the leaders of conscience it strives to nurture are well served by the examples of generosity and community service in Dr. and Mrs. Pappas.

Dr. Pappas is considered the “founder” of sports medicine, served as medical director for the Boston Red Sox for over 25 years, and has had a distinguished career at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, serving as the founding chair of the Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation and professor and chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Pappas was a member of the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees from 1998-2006. In 2007 he received the Edward Bradford Award for his lifelong commitment to handicapped children and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Franklin Pierce. The Massachusetts Medical Society presented Dr. Pappas with a Lifetime Achievement award in 2011.

Martha Pappas has dedicated her life to providing opportunities for others. She has served on the boards of Auburn Youth and Family Services and the Auburn VNA, chaired the Distribution Committee of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, and created the Endowed Auburn Foundation Fund. Martha has a passion for education, which started with her career as a high school English teacher. She is also a published author of Heroes of the American West, a book about 19th century westward expansion.

In 2005, Dr. and Mrs. Pappas generously donated funds for the state-of-the-art baseball field that has since held the NCAA Regional Tournaments on five occasions. Renovations of stadium lights to the field in 2007 allowed for night games, and the dugouts were renovated in 2009 to include heaters and lights. Once again, generous support was given to the University for the newly built Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Health Sciences and Athletic Training Center, which was completed in the fall of 2012. This facility is a tremendous addition to the Rindge campus, providing excellent space for athletic training services, with laboratory and classroom space on the second floor to accommodate the new Health Sciences major.

Robert M. PettersonRobert M. Patterson '69

Robert M. Patterson ’69 is a satellite industry pioneer and innovator whose career is marked by numerous “firsts”. He’s also one of Franklin Pierce’s “firsts,” as one of the school’s first graduates. With a passion for sports and space exploration, in the early 70s Bob found himself on the cutting-edge of a new technology in his first job beaming signals via satellite around the world for radio and TV broadcast services for professional sports teams. He later started his own satellite company the SPACECONNECTION, which he sold in 2005 to Telesat, one of the world leaders in satellite operations and systems management.

During his 37 years in the industry, Bob has achieved many “firsts” including arranging China’s first entry into the world of satellite communications during President Nixon’s 1972 historic visit to China; arranging the first-ever live televised events of Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League in 1975. He’s also arranged the satellite transmission for such memorable occasions as the Apollo Moon missions, NASA’s Space Shuttle missions; the three Summit meetings between President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev; reunification of Germany with the fall of the Berlin Wall; John Glenn’s return to space in HDTV and many others.

Bob has shared his time and resources with Franklin Pierce for many years. He’s been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1999 serving on numerous committees and providing strategic counsel, energetic leadership and a steady commitment to seeing his alma mater mature and develop. He and his wife, Nancy are loyal supporters of Franklin Pierce and established the Patterson Endowed Scholarship in 1997. In 2002, the Fitzwater Center named its television studios, the “Patterson Broadcasting Suite.”

Dorothy Peterson
Dorothy PetersonDorothy Peterson

Dorothy Peterson was a beloved “First Lady” for 20 years, during which time her husband, the late Governor Walter Peterson, served as president of Franklin Pierce University. The Franklin Pierce community is delighted that Dorothy often participates in Franklin Pierce events, because her presence is always very much appreciated. 

Ever humble, Dorothy downplays the significant role she played as Governor Peterson’s wife of 61 years. “I’m glad I was able to be supportive to a man who was accomplishing a great deal in his life,” Dorothy said. “That was my job. I was home staff.” In addition, many organizations have been served extremely well by Dorothy’s talents and time. She has volunteered for numerous organizations, such as the Serendipity Shop at All Saints Church (you will still find her there!), the board of the Philbrook Children’s Foundation, and the Peterborough Historical Society, where Dorothy served as president of the board of directors for several terms. In 1978, Dorothy broke ground by becoming the first female president of the Monadnock Community Hospital Board of Trustees. 

Dorothy and Governor Peterson have received many awards for their philanthropic work, including the Hubbard Family Award for Service to Philanthropy in 2010, the highest honor bestowed by the UNH Foundation in recognition of philanthropic leadership that has significantly strengthened the state of New Hampshire, its communities, and UNH. After Governor Peterson passed away in 2010, Dorothy helped to establish the Honorable Walter R. Peterson Citizen Leader Award, which is given out at Franklin Pierce University to honor her husband’s lifelong commitment to public service, selfless contributions to higher education, and high moral character. 

Who better than Dorothy to understand the value of serving others, selfless contribution, and high moral character?  The Franklin Pierce community is proud to acknowledge Dorothy for the outstanding “First Lady” she will always be and the place she will always hold in our hearts.

The Petrocelli Family: Attilio and Beverly Petrocelli, Michael and Jill (Petrocelli) Lamoretti, Melissa (Petrocelli) and Michael Weinbaum
Attilio F. and Beverly L. Petrocelli, from Great Neck, N.Y., sent both of their daughters to Franklin Pierce. Thus began a momentous institutional relationship with many wonderful outcomes! Both daughters, Jill and Melissa, met their future spouses – Michael Lamoretti '90 and Michael Weinbaum ’89 – at Franklin Pierce, where the young men were roommates. Melissa '89, who goes by Missy, and Michael Weinbaum, met in an economics class. Michael majored in management, and Missy in Theater Arts; Missy performed in many plays throughout her Franklin Pierce career. Jill '91 and Michael Lamoretti met during Michael’s freshman year when Jill was on campus visiting her sister. Jill enrolled in Franklin Pierce the following year to study business management, and Michael studied finance.

Petrocelli FamilyThe relationship did not stop there! The entire family has remained loyal to the University and has made a tremendously significant impact on it. In 2007, Mr. and Mrs. Petrocelli donated a gift of $1 million to Franklin Pierce, enabling the construction of a beautiful new academic building on the Rindge campus: Attilio and Beverly Petrocelli Hall. The facility was completed in 2008 and contains classrooms wired for technology and arranged to foster collaborative learning and close engagement between students and faculty. Petrocelli Hall is a three-story brick building that houses the arts, humanities, and the social science programs at Franklin Pierce University, and is also outfitted with a computer lab, digital photo lab and darkroom, print labs, and faculty and administrative offices. Franklin Pierce University is extremely grateful to the Petrocelli family for their generosity and commitment to the University.

James SanterreJames Santerre '66

James L. James (Jim) Santerre is a seasoned executive experienced in all phases of corporate management in a wide range of industries from jewelry manufacturing to the restaurant business to organic farming and cattle ranching, and many more things in between. He has an impressive record of stepping in to help turn failing companies into profitable success stories.

During his career, Mr. Santerre has been Chairman of the Phaeton Corporation, Interim Vice Chairman of LG Balfour, President, CEO and director of AmBrit, Inc., President and CEO of Islay Company Inc./Wilbur Chocolate Company and Product/Brand Manager for the Nashua Corporation. He has also operated a cattle ranch and an organic vegetable farm in Florida.

Mr. Santerre graduated from Franklin Pierce in 1966 with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in history. While a student at Franklin Pierce, Jim was an active skier and started the ski team and the Southern New England Ski Conference. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1996 serving on numerous committees including the development committee and audit committee as well as chairing the finance and investment committee for a number of years. During his ten-year tenure as a Trustee, Mr. Santerre provided tremendous leadership and support for the institution demonstrating his sincere commitment to Franklin Pierce and his belief in the value of a Franklin Pierce education. He has been a generous donor to the University for more than a generation supporting both the Annual Fund and various other campaigns and fundraising priorities.

Eugene R. Schiavone ’69

Upon graduating from New York Military Academy, Gene Schiavone enrolled at Franklin Pierce and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1969. After college, Gene held several accounting positions, ultimately specializing in marine banking until he decided to start his own consumer financing company in 1981.

Building on his management expertise and a deep understanding of the value of highly personal customer service, Gene, with the help of his wife Ellen, built their company, Essex Credit Corporation, into the nation's largest privately owned consumer finance business. After overseeing a dramatic growth in business over many years, he sold the firm and retired in 1997. Returning from retirement in 2000, Gene founded the Financial Underwriter's Network (FUN). FUN has been successful in providing consumers with financing for recreational products such as pleasure boats and recreational vehicles by simplifying the loan process.

A man of many talents, Gene, who had enjoyed photography as a hobby for years, dove into the art of photography upon the 1997 sale of his company. He has become a highly respected photographer, whose work can be seen on American Ballet Theatre's website, as well as in prominent dance magazines. The Huffington Post writes, “In the world of dance photography, Gene Schiavone's photographs are acclaimed for their brilliant clarity and his exceptional ability to capture those special moments that define the art of ballet. He is one of the very best of an elite cadre of photographers.” Read the full article here. Not one to rest on past success, Gene is working on a new series of photos taken in cemeteries to evoke meditations on the theme of life and death.

Gene served on the Board of Trustees of Franklin Pierce from 1999-2005, where he was the first recipient of the Alumni Leader of Conscience Award. He is also a former Board of Trustees president at New York Military Academy and recipient of their Alumni Meritorious Service Award.

Don Schriefer

Don Schriefer met President Walter Peterson on the basketball court in Peterborough, N.H., in 1977, and the rest is history. Don went on to serve Franklin Pierce for 21 years before retiring in 1998. He spent nine of those years in the Student Development department as associate dean and acting dean. He focused primarily on directing the orientation program, leadership training, and student activities. During his tenure in Student Development, Don helped initiate, along with student leaders, an Adventure Challenge course that was eventually incorporated into freshman orientation. It received national recognition at the National Orientation Director’s Association.

Don became the first full-time director of Alumni Relations in 1986, and later served as director of Development, assistant to the president of Institutional Advancement, and eventually vice president for Institutional Advancement. Don said with enthusiasm, “Franklin Pierce was a fantastic place to work. As an educator, I had the opportunity to institute and develop programs that were part of the college’s overall development and were challenging and fulfilling. I have also had the unique experience of watching Pierce students grow and develop as students, as well as watch them mature as adult alumni. Pierce has been true to its mission, and its alumni are a testimonial to that mission.”

After retiring from Franklin Pierce, Don, and wife, Judy, worked with developmentally challenged young people, enjoyed spoiling grandchildren, traveled extensively, and have continued their friendships with numerous Pierce alumni. Judy and Don agree, “Pierce was a great place to work. We hope we played a small role in helping the students, and the college, develop into who they are today.”

Judy Schriefer

During her nearly 20 years at Franklin Pierce, Judy Schriefer wore many hats and had the opportunity to develop several new initiatives and services for students. She worked closely with both academic and student affairs staff and faculty. Judy came to Franklin Pierce in 1979 as a counselor for students in the advising office. In a short time, she became the coordinator for advising. Judy added more structure, expanded services, and created resource materials. She developed training programs for advisors, peer advising programs, career exploration services, and services for students with learning challenges and difficulties.

Judy was actively involved with other professional staff in planning and implementing the orientation program, retention efforts, academic programs, and, of course, the advising program. For several years she worked closely with her husband, Don, who was then the associate dean of students; they collaborated in planning orientation and student leadership training. Judy has great memories of building the Adventure Challenge courses with student leaders and then seeing all the freshmen go through the course led by their faculty and peer advisors.

“As a student advocate and support person, my greatest satisfaction came from seeing each student be successful and satisfied with his or her Franklin Pierce experiences. My job was a rewarding one,” says Judy. Nearly midway through her tenure at Franklin Pierce, Judy became the director of the Academic Resource Center; tutoring programs and additional support programs for the academic area were developed and implemented. In 1997, Judy and her staff presented the Franklin Pierce Academic Resource Model at the National Advising Conference. Judy left Franklin Pierce in 1995 after thoroughly enjoying her nearly 20 years of work with students. She remembers many students, faculty, and staff with great fondness and believes her work did make a difference in the lives of many.

Jonathan Slavin '92

Since leaving the military in 1996, Jonathan Slavin ’92 has been a financial trader and currently manages an equity trading desk in New York City for a global asset management firm based in Newport Beach, Calif. Growing up in Springfield, Mass., the only child of a grocery store clerk and a stay-at-home mother who battled kidney disease, Jon says he was “more or less prepped to get serious about thinking of my future and school at an earlier age than most.” As a Franklin Pierce donor and volunteer, Jon focuses his efforts on helping the next generation get serious about their future and find their way to a satisfying work life. Jon has been back to campus several times to talk with students about his career and has helped many make professional connections, some of which have led directly to jobs in their field.

Jon and his wife, Lori (Weinstein) Slavin, have been generous and unwavering donors to Franklin Pierce students, supporting scholarship funds and the Annual Fund for twenty years. Jon recognizes the critical role scholarship support played in his own education, “I chose Franklin Pierce because I wanted to stay in the Northeast, it had a beautiful campus, the classes were small, and honestly, the school gave me the best financial aid package. We give back to Franklin Pierce because Franklin Pierce showed its dedication to me when I needed it.” 

Kerry Stein
Kerry Stien

Kerry Stein '80

Board of Trustee Member, Kerry Stein, Class of 1980, remembers his time at Franklin Pierce as small and intimate, providing a good training ground for an entrepreneurial spirit because it gave you access to everyone – from the provost, to the president. Attending the College under the leadership of Walter Peterson, many little things fostered the impression that Kerry meant something. He recalls that, “Peterson knew my name, and whenever he saw me he would ask how I was doing and be genuinely interested.” 

While at Franklin Pierce, Stein was chairman of the social committee for a year and a half, and participated in student government. Don Schriefer, former associate dean of students, had this to say: "In his position as chairperson of the social committee, Kerry not only organized major concerts and events for the college community, but also had the foresight to realize he had an opportunity to develop a number of transferable skills, such as communicating, organizing, and negotiating that would benefit him later in his professional career. I had the good fortune of working with Kerry and watching him develop into a person of integrity with much to offer in his chosen career and in society." 

After graduation, Stein knew he didn’t want to work in the city, so took different jobs at a paper company, an accounting firm, and a bank. Finding his stride in 1985, he went to work at Drexel Burnham and Lambert. Despite the tough competition there – with many who worked there right out of college from Stanford, Yale, and Harvard – after time, Stein found that he was stronger at the practicality involved that he got from Franklin Pierce, than those whose degrees secured their position. “It was interesting,” he said. “We were fortunate at Franklin Pierce to study under Harvard professors who were on sabbaticals, while those Harvard students were studying with the grad students who stepped in for the professors while they were away.” Stein said there was a necessity for resourcefulness at Franklin Pierce, and the one thing that still resonates from his days at Rindge is, “If there is something you want to do, there are people who will help you do it.” 

For the last eight years, Stein has sat on the Board of Trustees and enjoys being able to give back. Returning to campus four to five times a year now, Stein is encouraged to see how the University has evolved, especially through the leadership. He is impressed with how the campus has the unique ability to grow and modernize – while still feeling like the home he once knew. 

Currently, Stein is now the managing director and head of trading for Llyods Bank. Franklin Pierce University is proud to have Kerry Stein ’80 back home, especially as a member of the Board of Trustees, and to honor him with this Profile of Excellence.

John WashingtonJohn F. Washington Jr '83

By profession, John is a police officer; he is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State Police Southeast Training Academy. John is a pioneer in bike patrol, and in addition to founding the first tri-state bike patrol unit over 20 years ago he has also traveled to 17 countries training police forces and public safety officials from Argentina to Sweden. John is active with Rotary International and has traveled numerous times to rural Argentina. He has funded many of these trips personally and has brought with him more than $40,000 worth of police and fire equipment, which he donates and then provides the training needed to safely and effectively use the equipment. John and his wife, Kathy, host countless international visitors through Rotary. John is a faculty member for the Rotary Leadership Institute and has served with distinction as club president three times in ten years.John graduated from Franklin Pierce in 1983 with a degree in anthropology/archaeology and a minor in secondary education. He was active in many campus activities, including student government, the student EMS and fire department, the American Red Cross, the cross country team, Rindge Fire Department, and the Jaffrey-Rindge Recreation department as a gymnastics instructor. In his senior year he was given the “Walter Peterson Outstanding Service to the Community” award.

Town of Rindge, NH
Town of Rindge

Town of Rindge

Rindge, N.H., a picturesque town with a population just over 6,000, has been home to Franklin Pierce University for 50 years. In the early days, Rindge residents literally opened their doors by housing students in their homes, and the town allowed the fledgling institution to rent its town hall and town library for classroom space. They even rented out the elementary school’s gym as an area for intramural sports for the Franklin Pierce students.

Over the years, as Franklin Pierce grew, the relationship between the school and the Town experienced some growing pains. Local residents had to adjust to an influx of young people from all over New England and beyond. The new, young population brought with them additional demands on Town resources, such as fire and police services. The student population also brought new energy to the Town and a new source of revenue for retail establishments. Over time, the Town has flexed and grown, along with Franklin Pierce, and today, a healthy Town Gown team meets each month to continue to improve and build upon this 50-year relationship.

The Rindge Historical Society has set up a room in this 50th Anniversary year, dedicated to Franklin Pierce memorabilia. It is a delightful trip through time, celebrating the many ways that the Town and its residents have worked, lived, and played together over the decades. Franklin Pierce University is grateful for the partnership that has been forged with the Town and its residents. We couldn’t have it without them!

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Share your story

The story of Franklin Pierce would be incomplete without your chapter. We want to hear your story detailing the impact that the University has had on your life, family and career. Stories collected may be used in print publications, on the Web or other collateral materials as determined by the University. To share your story, contact the Alumni Relations office at 1.877.372.2586 or .

If you would like more information about the plans for the 50th Anniversary Celebration, please contact the committee chairman, Rick Falconi '69, at 50thanniversary@franklinpierce.edu or the Alumni Relations Office at 1.877.372.2586. Thank you.

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