Dr. Kim Mooney ’83 became the sixth President of Franklin Pierce University on August 1, 2016, as both the first woman and the first alumna to assume the role. However, President Mooney’s commitment to her alma mater spans several decades, from being an active alumna, to serving the University on its Board of Trustees, as its interim president, and most recently, as the provost and vice president of academic affairs.
Under her leadership as provost, the University launched a major process of self-assessment and re-alignment, resulting in such far-reaching initiatives as the revision of the general and liberal education curriculum, the introduction of nine new undergraduate majors, expansion of the annual 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.
President Mooney spearheaded the development of the University’s Strategic Plan, a vision that capitalizes on the important initiatives begun over the last several years. A proponent of shared governance, President Mooney also emphasizes collaboration, communication, and community as guiding principles for the University.
Franklin Pierce University ensures a high-quality education in a community of support that extends far beyond graduation. President Mooney has positioned the University to deliver on its passion for maximizing the potential of every student, while staying competitive and current with rapidly changing trends in higher education.
Prior to her return to Franklin Pierce as an administrator, President Mooney enjoyed a rewarding career as a psychology faculty member 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.
President 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 Bachelor of Arts from Franklin Pierce University in Psychology and English, magna cum laude.
President Mooney reacts to remarks at the 2017 Commencement Exercises.
President Mooney with Diane Rehm during the 2017 Fitzwater Honors celebration.
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.
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