- GRADUATE STUDIES
- STUDENT LIFE
We're here to make sure your residential life experience at Franklin Pierce is rewarding, safe and fully-integrated
with all aspects of living and learning in a liberal arts community. You will meet three types of staff in your residence hall. Each has a role in helping students adjust to college life and make the most of residential, social and academic life at Franklin Pierce.
A Graduate Assistant is a professional staff member who resides in campus housing. Their role is to be an adult presence within their area, uphold University policy, as well as assist their respective Experience Director in day-to-day tasks.
A Community Assistant is a carefully selected upper- class student leader who assists in developing a community. CA's fulfill many roles including programmer, administrator, and policy enforcer. They are familiar with the University's goals, services, policies and procedures. Community Assistants are directly supervised by the Experience Directors.
Director of Residential Life
Ken is from Rochester, New Hampshire and graduated from Franklin Pierce with both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Ken played on the Men’s Basketball Team and graduated in 1996 with his Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Marketing. Ken returned to Franklin Pierce in the summer of 1999, worked in Residential Life and in the Athletics Department with the Men’s Basketball Team, and in 2003 attained his Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Leadership. Ken is in his fifteenth year in Residential Life and eleventh as Director.
Ken lives in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire and is married to Liz Nelson, 1998 Franklin Pierce alum, and they have three children: Zachariah, Isaiah, and Victoria. Ken and his family are often seen on campus during the evenings and weekends enjoying and supporting students in their academic, athletic, and social experiences.
Administrative Coordinator for Residential Operations
Mary is originally from Mineola, New York and moved to Rindge thirty-seven years ago. Mary began working at Franklin Pierce in 1983 and is responsible for a number of data entry processes, to include: housing assignments, room changes, meal plan changes, student withdrawal/leave of absence, student re-admission, and dorm damage, and returning student Room Lottery.
Mary has been an Intermediate Emergency Medical Technician for twenty-two years and is a proud member of the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance Service for also twenty-two years. In addition Mary serves as a New Hampshire State Instructor Coordinator for the last seventeen years, teaching and preparing Franklin Pierce students and community members for the National Emergency Medical Technician certification/license.
Administrative Assistant for Residential Life
Peggy has been employed in Residential Life for 16 years and is the first person students and families see when entering the office and in most cases she is on the other end of any phone calls made to the office.
Peggy and her husband live in Rindge and they have 4 children, 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Outside of her job Peggy enjoys walking, kayaking with grandchildren, reading, and vacationing in Aruba.
Senior Experience Director
Cheshire, Edgewood, & Monadnock Halls
Chris Johnson is from Bath, Maine. He attended the University of Maine at Machias, where he graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Level Education with a concentration in English. He has been working in Residential Life at Franklin Pierce for 15 years. While in college, he was a Resident Assistant for a year, as well as a Head Resident Assistant for two years. Throughout his time at Pierce, Chris has been involved in many different facets of the community. He currently advises the Student Government Association, sponsors many children’s events that bring the residents of the surrounding towns to campus in interact with Franklin Pierce students, teaches the required math class, Foundation of Math, facilitates an alcohol workshop, and tries to interact with students in as many ways as possible.
Chris, his wife, and their son, Wesley, live on campus. When Chris is not working he is an avid reader, enjoys video games and is an aspiring writer.