As the sixth President of Franklin Pierce University — with the distinction of being both the first female and the first alumna to serve in the role — Dr. Kim Mooney ’83 is dedicated to forging a sustainable future focused on student success.
President Mooney has inspired an exciting new era of evolution at Franklin Pierce under the guiding principles of collaboration, communication, and community. She 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 more in preparation for life on the other side of a university degree.
While she is only one year into her presidency, which began on August 1, 2016, President Mooney’s commitment to her alma mater spans several decades, from being an active alumna on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, to serving the Franklin Pierce University Board of Trustees as Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, to stepping in as interim president, and most recently prior to her presidency, as the provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Across her many roles at Franklin Pierce, President Mooney has remained devoted to one mission: ensuring that every student has a place at Pierce, and the opportunity to discover their passion and greatest potential.
Under her leadership as provost, the University launched a new strategic planning process and plans for a College of Business, and reintroduced a faculty senate model of shared governance. As Franklin Pierce evolved from the College it was to the University it is, President Mooney led a corresponding process of self-assessment and re-alignment that resulted in such far-reaching initiatives as the revision of the general and liberal education curriculum, the introduction of nine new undergraduate majors, the expansion of the annual Academic Showcase, and the integration of graduate and undergraduate education into meaningful pathways for students from their first year through a masters or doctoral degree.
Prior to her return to Franklin Pierce as an administrator, President Mooney enjoyed a rewarding career as a psychology faculty member and academic administrator at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. During her twenty-year tenure at St. Lawrence, 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. While at St. Lawrence, she authored multiple articles in peer-reviewed publications, wrote several successfully funded grant-proposals, and regularly presented her scholarship at national higher education conferences. She holds her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of New Hampshire, and received her bachelor of arts from Franklin Pierce College in psychology and English, magna cum laude.
President Mooney is dedicated to serving the Monadnock Region, with Franklin Pierce as its flagship university, and to creating partnerships around the state of New Hampshire that mutually serve Pierce students and businesses in need of a highly-prepared employee base. Her commitment to the community reaches far beyond her role at Franklin Pierce. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship, which provides the space, tools and connections that innovative entrepreneurs need to build strong businesses, thriving local economies, and vibrant communities in the Monadnock Region. She also serves and supports Linda’s Closet, a Keene-based clothing resource dedicated to the success and quality of life of women in the Monadnock Region who are entering or re-entering the work force.
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.
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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