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Franklin Pierce University
Rindge, NH - United States
The Board of Trustees of Franklin Pierce University, in partnership with WittKieffer, seeks nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for a visionary leader to join their community as the University’s next president.
Franklin Pierce University, an accredited private institution located in New Hampshire began as a college, founded in 1962 by Frank S. DiPietro, who maintained a vision that “only the small college can provide the intimate relationships between those who learn and those who teach.” The College formally changed to University status in 2007, reflecting the addition of graduate-level degrees and the institution’s expanding national reach. Today, the University includes a 1200-acre main residential campus in Rindge, NH, as well as centers in Manchester and Lebanon NH, Goodyear, AZ, and Round Rock, TX.
Franklin Pierce University achieves outstanding student success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. Drawing on a strong foundation in liberal arts education, Franklin Pierce University offers highly personalized, financially accessible academic programs that develop essential professional skills, promote close community connections, and help students realize their potential to become engaged and qualified leaders. FPU faculty are consistently rated above the national average by students on their commitment to helping students discern their unique capabilities and interests. Faculty are immersed in their fields and are a valued source of industry and professional connections.
In 2019, the University realigned its academic structure into three discipline-based colleges, aligning undergraduate and graduate programs within disciplines. This restructuring allows students to maximize their learning, offers deliberate and guided pathways to the University’s graduate programs, and enhances the opportunity for effective career-related and professional advising. Beginning in 2021, the University leveraged this new structure to market PATHS@PIERCE which supports students, both undergraduate and graduate, on their pathway at Franklin Pierce University.
Franklin Pierce University seeks a new president to join its community in envisioning and pursuing an energetic vision and plan for its future. The new president will be integral to the Franklin Pierce experience as an active and engaged leader of a welcoming, inclusive, and equitable community. The University seeks a president with the vision, enthusiasm, creativity, and commitment to secure the University’s future as an innovative and flexible model for 21st-Century higher education. Experience with strategic planning and implementation; executive management skills; and the ability to recruit, retain, mentor, and inspire talented faculty, staff, and administrators is required. The ideal candidate must be capable of making decisions in a complex organizational environment and catalyzing success through the strategic deployment of resources.
All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. Professional references are not requested at this time.
WittKieffer is assisting Franklin Pierce University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 21, 2024.
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Franklin Pierce University, in recognition of its obligations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1984, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), has established the following policy on non-discrimination:
Franklin Pierce University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital status or other legally protected classification in hiring, promotion and terms and conditions of employment and/or in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship or loan programs, and/or athletic and other University administered programs or activities.