Dr. Kim Mooney, President, Franklin Pierce University

President Mooney - Day one in officePresident Mooney's first day in office (Aug. 1, 2016).

Photo of Dr. Kim Mooney - thumbs upPresident Kim Mooney at the 51st commencement exercises (5/14/16).

Dear Franklin Pierce University Community and Guests,

On behalf of the faculty, administration, and staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Franklin Pierce University!

It is our privilege to provide you with an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. Students choose Franklin Pierce University because of our wide array of academic programs and because we are committed to your success throughout your academic career and beyond.

Our programs are grounded in the liberal arts with a concentrated focus on professional programs. Our curriculum is designed to develop intellectual capacities and practical skills having application across all disciplines. We recognize that our diverse student population requires different delivery models and over a variety of educational experiences, from the traditional residential campus and courses to fully online degree programs at one of our graduate and professional studies centers.

Photo of Dr. Kim Mooney with Joe SciaccaPresident Kim Mooney with Joe Sciacca, Editor in Chief of the Boston Herald at the Franklin Pierce University’s Fitzwater Honors Program (April 19, 2016).

Franklin Pierce also provides you with an abundant range of co-curricular and athletic activities and experiential learning opportunities. These learning options will support your capacity as a graduate to adapt to evolving career paths, to pursue advanced education, and to succeed in a fast changing, global community. Enhancing your knowledge and skills in meaningful ways is the primary outcome of our collective work. Whether you are a first-time student or pursuing your doctoral degree, our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing you with a caring and supportive community where you can achieve success.

All good wishes for an exciting and successful educational journey.

Dr. Mooney not only earned her bachelor’s degree here and has led the university’s academic affairs division for the last seven years, but she has also been the architect of the university’s strategic plan and previously served as interim president and as a Franklin Pierce trustee before that.

- Michael Fallon, Board of Trustee Chairman







Heather Ringwald
Executive Assistant, President's Office

Phone: (603) 899-4128
FAX: 603.899.6448



In the Press


Sep. 12, 2016 Monadnock Ledger  Mooney Launches New Era at FPU

Aug. 18, 2016 Inside Higher Ed New Presidents or Provosts

Aug. 9, 2016 C-SPAN 3 The Presidency and the Press

Aug. 2, 2016 Keene Sentinel Mooney starts as new Franklin Pierce University president

Aug. 1, 2016 Concord Monitor Kim Mooney named first woman, alumna president of Franklin Pierce University

Aug. 1, 2016 Diverse Issue in Higher Education Franklin Pierce University has 1st Woman President

Aug. 1, 2016 The Patch Franklin Pierce University Names Sixth President

Aug. 1, 2016 Associated Press Franklin Pierce University has 1st Woman President

Aug. 1, 2016 Dr. Kim Mooney a Strategic Appointment as Franklin Pierce University's Sixth President

July 20, 2016 Hippo Press Making university history. Franklin Pierce welcomes first female president

July 11, 2016 NHPR: The Exchange- Small Colleges, Big Challenges

June 28, 2016 Keene Sentinel: Letter to the Editor- Mooney will continue to do Franklin Pierce proud

June 21, 2016 Keene Sentinel Franklin Pierce University names new president

June 20, 2016 Keene Sentinel Franklin Pierce names first female president

June 20, 2016 Monadnock Ledger FPU names sixth president

June 20, 2016 Union Leader FPU names Dr. Kim Mooney first woman president

June 20, 2016 Press Release: Franklin Pierce University Names Sixth President




Dr. Kim Mooney ’83 assumed the post of President on August 1, 2016. Her commitment to Franklin Pierce University spans several decades, from being an active alumna to serving on the Board of Trustees for seven years, then as interim president for six months prior to serving as provost and vice president of academic affairs for another seven years. She has spearheaded the development of the University’s new Strategic Plan and is making it a central focus of her presidency to capitalize on the important initiatives begun over the last several years. A proponent of shared governance, Dr. Mooney will also emphasize collaboration, communication, and community as guiding principles for her presidency.

Under her leadership as Provost, the University 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 introduction of nine new undergraduate majors, the support and expansion of the Academic Showcase, and the integration of graduate and undergraduate education into meaningful pathways for students from their first year through their masters or doctoral degrees. Moving the University firmly in a direction that ensures a high quality education in a community of support that extends far beyond graduation, Dr. Mooney has positioned Franklin Pierce University to continue its passion for the personal touch of its educators while staying competitive and current with rapidly changing trends in higher education and career pathways.

Prior to coming to Franklin Pierce, Dr. Mooney enjoyed a rewarding career at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY as a psychology faculty member. 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. 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, and received her B.A. from Franklin Pierce University in Psychology and English, magna cum laude.