Antioch University New England
Antioch University New England is a private graduate school located in Keene, New Hampshire, United States. It is part of the Antioch University system, a private, non-profit, 5013 institution, that includes campuses in Seattle, Washington, it is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The most well-known campus was Antioch College, now independent of the Antioch University system. In 1964, Antioch College opened a new center on the East Coast to offer graduate education with a practical bent; the new school, called Antioch-Putney, opened its doors in Vermont. The school moved from Putney in the New Hampshire hills, it expanded, expanding the scope of the education department. The name was changed to Antioch New England Graduate School. Antioch College of Ohio was the most well-known campus in the system, founded in 1852 by Horace Mann and known for its liberal politics, for example its 1990 policy requiring explicit verbal consent before any sexual act amongst students. Coretta Scott King and Stephen Jay Gould were graduates.
However, the Antioch system faced difficult times in the 2000s. Its board chose to close Antioch College to reduce costs. An alumni-controlled group was able to negotiate a separation between Antioch College and the adult education system of which Antioch University New England is a part. AUNE no longer is affiliated with Antioch College. Antioch University New England, as it is known, is situated in a renovated furniture factory in Keene, New Hampshire exactly midway between the former locations, it serves a student body of around 1,000 students, offering four certificate programs, master's degrees in twenty-three different programs, three doctoral programs. According to Antioch University New England, 73% of their students are female and 70% are from New England. Students are required to perform up to 600 hours of on-the-job experience through internships. Classes are scheduled with the working student in mind. To create the time for those internships, each department holds all its classes on one or two days of the week.
Antioch University New England department of Applied Psychology offers master's degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, accredited by CACREP, prepares students to sit for examination as an LMHC/LPC, includes an option to focus on Substance Abuse Counseling. It is the only program in New England which offers graduates the ability to be dually licensed as Mental Health Counselors and Substance Abuse Counselors. Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling is one of only six graduate programs in the United States approved by the American Dance Therapy Association. Students in this program have the option of taking courses which will lead them to LMHC licensure. Marriage & Family Therapy. Accredited by COAMFTE, graduates of the Masters program are able to practice as Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists; the department offers: PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy Certificates in Marriage and Family Therapy, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis The New England campus of Antioch University offers an APA-accredited Doctor of Psychology program in clinical psychology.
Antioch University New England offers master's of education degrees in elementary, early childhood, special education teacher certification. The Working Educator MEd program offers seven concentrations: Next Generation Learning Using Technology, Educating for Sustainability, Teacher Leadership, Problem-Based Learning Using Critical Skills, Self-Designed, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Applied Behavior Analysis, as well as an MEd and a certificate in Principal Certification; the university offers one of three established Waldorf teacher training programs in the United States. Antioch's Waldorf training program offers optional state certification and master's degree additions to the Waldorf training; the Antioch Center for School Renewal, the service wing of the education department, provides support for teachers and schools. AUNE offers a master's degree in environmental studies with concentrations in conservation biology, advocacy for social justice and sustainability, environmental education, science teacher certification, sustainable development and climate change, self-designed studies.
It offers a master's degree in resource management and conservation, a PhD in environmental studies. Antioch University New England's Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability concentration was recognized by MoveOn.org's executive director, Eli Pariser, as a model program for working positively to promote and protect the environment. Antioch New England offers a Master's of Business Administration in sustainability, as well as a certificate is sustainable business. David Sobel is a faculty member in the Education Department, he has written about place-based education. He is the author of Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education, Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities, Mapmaking with Children: Sense-of-Place Education for the Elementary Years, Children's Special Places: Exploring the Role of Forts and Bush Houses in Middle Childhood. Tom Wessels is faculty emeritus in Antioch's Department of Environmental Studies faculty, his books include The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future, Untamed Vermont, The Granite Landscape: A Natural History of Ameri
Colby–Sawyer College is a private baccalaureate college in New London, New Hampshire. It sits on a 200-acre campus. A legislative charter was granted by the State of New Hampshire in 1837 to 11 New London citizens for the purpose of establishing a school in the town; the eleven men who were named as the academy’s incorporators were Joseph Colby, Anthony Colby, Perley Burpee, Jonathan Greeley, John Brown, Jonathan Herrick, David Everett, Samuel Carr, Walter Flanders, Jonathan Addison and Marshall Trayne. It was a coeducational secondary school, for which Susan Colby served as the first teacher and principal, it soon enrolled 54 male students. In 1858, the New Hampton Literary and Theological Institution moved to Fairfax and the New Hampshire Baptists, with encouragement from former Governor Anthony Colby and New London’s Baptist minister, Ebenezer Dodge, assumed responsibility for the Academy; the name was changed to the New London Scientific Institute. The new Board of Trustees was made up of 24 members, three-fourths of whom had to be from New Hampshire but not from New London, three-fourths of whom had to be Baptists in good standing.
In 1854, the Ladies Boarding House was built on what is now the New London green to accommodate up to 40 female students and the female faculty. Anthony Colby purchased the original New London town meeting house and moved it to campus, where it was renovated to provide 20 double rooms for the male students; the building is called Colby Hall. In 1870, a brick Academy building was located on the present site of Colgate Hall; the building provided dormitory space for 100 female students as well as classrooms, library, gymnastic facilities, dining room and laundry facilities. It burned in 1892; the New London Literary and Scientific Institution was in 1878 renamed Colby Academy in tribute to the ongoing support of the Colby family of New London. Financed by Mary Colgate, Colgate Hall was completed and dedicated in 1912, named in honor of the Colgate family whose members were dedicated supporters of the college. Colgate Hall housed female students, administrative offices, a library, dining room, chapel and laundry.
The male students continued to reside in Colby Hall. After 90 years as a secondary school, Colby Academy trustees voted in 1927 to transform Colby Academy into a junior college and preparatory school for women. In 1930, 14 women received. McKean Hall was built in 1930 and named for Dr. Horace G. McKean, Colby Academy’s headmaster from 1899 to 1905. In 1931, Colby Hall was built, a residence hall named in honor of the Colby family. In 1931 Shepard Hall was built in honor of one of the original New London families who were trustees of the Academy and the College. In 1934 Burpee Hall was built, dedicated to the Burpee alumni, trustees; the hall housed the library collection until 1949. In 1933, by an act of the New Hampshire Legislature, Colby School for Girls was changed to Colby Junior College for Women; the preparatory courses were phased out. On Oct. 18, 1941, Eleanor Roosevelt visited the college and gave a speech to the community at the Baptist church. In 1943, the college charter was amended by the New Hampshire General Court to allow the granting of baccalaureate programs.
The Board of Trustees changed the name of the institution to Colby College-New Hampshire in 1973. In 1974, it was reported to the board that the college faced a lawsuit by Colby College, in Waterville, regarding its name, so in 1975, the Board of Trustees voted to change the name to Colby–Sawyer College; the Windy Hill School, a child study lab school, was established in 1976 as a site for teacher internships and student practica. The Windy Hill School is now housed in the college's first building designed to be LEED silver certified and remains one of the few lab schools in northern New England. In 1989, the Board of Trustees announced that Colby–Sawyer College would begin admitting male students beginning in the fall of 1990, returning the college to its coeducational roots. In 1990, the Ware Campus Center the Library-Commons building, was dedicated to Judge Martha Ware. In 1991 the Hogan Sports Center, dedicated to Daniel and Kathleen Hogan, the Kelsey Tennis Courts opened. In 1995, the Baker Communications Center was dedicated, named for Elbert H. Baker, distinguished in the communications industry and father of Martine Baker Anderson, a member of the Class of 1959.
In 2004, the Curtis L. Ivey Science Center opened, the student lodge was renamed the Lethbridge Lodge in honor of trustee and friend, George “Bud” Lethbridge. In fall 2010, Windy Hill School moved into its new building, in summer 2011, Colby-Sawyer introduced online summer courses. Colby-Sawyer was featured in the 2007 edition of U. S. News & World Report's "Great Schools, Great Prices" category of the top comprehensive baccalaureate colleges in the North. Dr. Sawyer served as president until his retirement in 1955, followed by Presidents Eugene M. Austin and Everett M. Woodman; the college began its transition to a senior institution during the administration of Louis C. Vaccaro and completed this change under the presidency of H. Nicholas Muller III. Peggy A. Stock, sixth president of the college, increased enrollment, completed a successful capital campaign, constructed or renovated several buildings, including Rooke Hall. Anne Ponder became the seventh president of the college in March 1996.
Nashua, New Hampshire
Nashua is a city in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. As of the 2010 census, Nashua had a population of 86,494, making it the second-largest city in the state after Manchester; as of 2017 the population had risen to an estimated 88,341. Built around the now-departed textile industry, in recent decades it has been swept up in southern New Hampshire's economic expansion as part of the Boston region. Nashua was twice named "Best Place" in annual surveys by Money magazine, it is the only city to get the No. 1 ranking on two occasions—in 1987 and 1998. The area was part of a 200-square-mile tract of land in Massachusetts called "Dunstable", awarded to Edward Tyng of Dunstable, England. Nashua lies in the center of the original 1673 grant. In 1732, Dunstable was split along the Merrimack River, with the town of Nottingham created out of the eastern portion; the disputed boundary between Massachusetts and New Hampshire was fixed in 1741 when the governorships of the two provinces were separated.
As a result, the township of Dunstable was divided in two. Tyngsborough and some of Dunstable remained in Massachusetts, while Dunstable, New Hampshire, was incorporated in 1746 from the northern section of the town. Located at the confluence of the Nashua and Merrimack rivers, Dunstable was first settled about 1654 as a fur trading town. Like many 19th century riverfront New England communities, it would be developed during the Industrial Revolution with textile mills operated from water power. By 1836, the Nashua Manufacturing Company had built three cotton mills which produced 9.3 million yards of cloth annually on 710 looms. On December 31, 1836, the New Hampshire half of Dunstable was renamed "Nashua", after the Nashua River, by a declaration of the New Hampshire legislature; the Nashua River was named by the Nashuway Indians, in the Penacook language it means "beautiful stream with a pebbly bottom", with an alternative meaning of "land between two rivers". In 1842 the town split again in two for eleven years following a dispute between the area north of the Nashua, the area south of the river.
During that time the northern area called itself "Nashville", while the southern part kept the name Nashua. They reconciled in 1853 and joined together to charter the "city of Nashua". Six railroad lines crossed the mill town, namely the Boston and Nashua; these various railroads led to all sections of the country, east and west. The Jackson Manufacturing Company employed hundreds of workers in the 1870s. Like the rival Amoskeag Manufacturing Company upriver in Manchester, the Nashua mills prospered until about World War I, after which a slow decline set in. Water power was replaced with newer forms of energy to run factories. Cotton could be manufactured into fabric; the textile business started moving to the South during the Great Depression, with the last mill closing in 1949. Many citizens were left unemployed, but Sanders Associates, a newly created defense firm, now part of BAE Systems, moved into one of the closed mills and launched the city's rebirth. Besides being credited with reviving the city's economy, Sanders Associates played a key role in the development of the home video game console market.
Ralph H. Baer, an employee of Sanders, developed what would become the Magnavox Odyssey, the first commercial home video game system. Sam Tamposi is credited with much of the city's revival; the arrival of Digital Equipment Corp. in the 1970s made the city part of the Boston-area high-tech corridor. Nashua is in southeastern Hillsborough County at 42°45′04″N 71°28′51″W, it is bordered to the south by Massachusetts. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.9 square miles, of which 30.8 square miles is land and 1.0 square mile is water, comprising 3.25% of the city. The eastern boundary of Nashua is formed by the Merrimack River, the city is drained by the Nashua River and Salmon Brook, tributaries of the Merrimack; the Nashua River bisects the city. Pennichuck Brook forms the city's northern boundary; the highest point in Nashua is Gilboa Hill in the southern part of the city, at 426 feet above sea level. The city is bordered on the east by the Merrimack River, across which lies the town of Hudson, New Hampshire.
Nashua has a four-season humid continental climate, with long, snowy winters, warm and somewhat humid summers. The monthly daily average temperature ranges from 22.7 °F in January to 70.9 °F in July. On average, there are 9.4 days of 8.7 days of sub-0 °F lows. Precipitation is well-spread throughout the year. Snowfall, the heaviest of which comes from nor'easters, averages around 55 inches per season, but can vary from year to year; as of the census of 2010, there were 86,494 people, 35,044 households, 21,876 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,719.9 people per square mile. There were 37,168 housing units at an average density of 1,202.8 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 83.4% White, 2.7% African American, 0.3% Native American, 6.5% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.6% from some other race, 2.5
New England College
New England College is a private college in Henniker, New Hampshire. It enrolls 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students; the college is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Colleges. Founded in 1946, New England College was established to serve the needs of servicemen and women attending college on the G. I. Bill after World War II. In 1970, the college purchased the Tortington Park School for Girls in Arundel, in the English county of West Sussex. For a time, the school functioned as an extension campus for NEC students wishing to study abroad. However, the Arundel campus closed in 1998. For many years, the Theatre Department sent a group of students over to the British campus during the January term and spring term to prepare three shows for touring in England, Scotland and sometimes elsewhere in Europe; this was a model program. NEC is located in the small town of Henniker, New Hampshire 17 miles west of Concord, the state's capital, 31 miles northwest of Manchester, 81 miles northwest of Boston, Massachusetts.
The Contoocook River runs alongside the NEC campus. A covered bridge joins the main campus with 20 acres of athletic fields; the 225-acre campus, which has no distinct borders separating it from the town of Henniker, features 30 buildings, many of which feature white clapboard-style siding or brick mid-century architecture. The campus is known throughout New England for promoting environmental education initiatives. Pats Peak ski resort lies just outside the village center, many students participate in outdoor activities such as skiing, whitewater rafting, hiking in the White Mountains, rock-climbing. New England College offers 37 bachelor's degree programs, 12 master's degree programs, one doctoral degree program; the programs are divided into four divisions: the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Education, the School of Management & the School of Natural & Social Sciences. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
Additionally, the school's Teacher Education Program are approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education. The school employs 40 full-time faculty members and holds a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio; the college's business degree programs have received "Candidate for Accreditation" Status by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, one of three non-profit business school accrediting agencies recognized by CHEA. New England College emphasizes experiential learning as an essential component in the development of an enduring academic community. Building upon a strong liberal arts foundation, the College challenges its students to reach their full potential through informed discourse and the pursuit of excellence in a framework of academic freedom that reflects the College's values. U. S. News & World Report ranks New England College #146-#187 in "Regional Universities - North, Tier 2." The college ranked tied for 107th out of 1,388 on the U. S. News & World Report lists for "Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs."
The college is home to several student organizations, including various student government committees. Students publish an award-winning campus newspaper called The New Englander, operate a campus-based radio station, WNEC-FM. Fraternities and sororities are an active and vital part of campus life at New England College; the Greek life chapter on campus is fraternity Phi Mu Delta. There were five chapters of Greek life. Two sororities and three fraternities, but those were eradicated through the years, beginning in the late 2000s. NEC has been publicly recognized by Time magazine as one of the top 25 colleges in the nation which have diversified their student body the most since 1990; the college strengthened its diversity efforts by establishing an Office of Diversity and Inclusion, whose mission is to "provide intentional programs and services which enhance self-awareness, academic success, cross-cultural engagement, as well as encourage individual and collective advocacy. The ODI will assist in creating an inclusive campus environment that fosters respect for each person, appreciation for all cultures, promote diverse ideas within the New England College community.
The ODI holds annual events that observe minority communities such as African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American & LGBTQ students." During the 2016 United States presidential primary election, New England College hosted town hall meetings for many invited candidates such as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Bernie Sanders. Every year the President's Speaker Series brings to campus prominent leaders and innovators from business, public policy, issue-areas for students and members of the NEC community. Among these speakers are former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and business leader Larry Weber, former CEO of Priceline Jeff Boyd, New Hampshire state senator Sylvia Larsen. New England College's Pilgrims compete in 18 intercollegiate NCAA Division III athletic sports, including soccer, ice hockey, field hockey, s
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire University is a private university located between Manchester and Hooksett, New Hampshire. The university is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, along with national accreditations for some hospitality, health and business degrees. With its online programs expanding, SNHU is one of the fastest-growing universities in the United States. SNHU uses an open enrollment policy that requires only a high school diploma or GED; the university was founded in 1932 by Harry A. B. Shapiro and his wife Gertrude Crockett Shapiro as a for-profit institution focused on teaching business, it was opened under the name the New Hampshire School of Secretarial Science. In 1961, it was renamed New Hampshire College of Accounting and Commerce; the state of New Hampshire granted the college its charter in 1963, which gave it degree-granting authority. The first associate degrees were awarded that year, the first bachelor's degrees were conferred in 1966.
The college became a nonprofit institution under a board of trustees in September 1968, its name was shortened to New Hampshire College in 1969. The 1970s were a time of change; the college moved from its downtown Manchester site to the now 300-acre campus along the Merrimack River at the northern border of Manchester with the town of Hooksett in 1971. Academic offerings expanded with the Master of Business Administration's introduction in 1974, as well the human services programs adopted from Franconia College, which closed in 1978. In 1981, New Hampshire College received authorization from the New Hampshire legislature to offer Master of Science degrees in business-related subjects, as well as Master of Human Services degrees; that same year, the college opened its North Campus on the site of the former Mount Saint Mary College, which had shut down three years earlier. The North Campus became the home of the culinary arts program, established in 1983; the North Campus was sold, all its academic programs were reconsolidated onto the main campus.
This spurred several major construction projects on the main campus in the mid-1990s: Washington Hall, a residence hall. In 1995, New Hampshire College began offering distance learning programs through the Internet. In 1998, academic degrees were expanded to include the Ph. D. in community economic development and the Doctor of Business Administration. New Hampshire College became Southern New Hampshire University on July 1, 2001. A new residence hall, New Castle Hall, was completed in 2001, while a new academic facility, Robert Frost Hall, containing the McIninch Art Gallery, was completed in 2002; when nearby Notre Dame College closed, three of Notre Dame's graduate education programs and two undergraduate education programs transferred to SNHU. When president Paul LeBlanc took over in 2003, the early 2000s recession had affected the school with rising tuition and shrinking enrollment. LeBlanc addressed this in 2009 with an increased focus on the College of Online & Continuing Education. Rapid revenue growth from the division helped save the struggling main campus, where enrollment had slumped.
The school focused on increasing graduation rates and adjusting the online college to meet the needs of the working adults that make up most of its student body. Student housing continued to grow with Conway and Lincoln Halls opening in 2004, Hampton and Windsor Halls in 2006. SNHU became New Hampshire's first carbon-neutral university in 2007, when president LeBlanc signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment The Academic Center and the Dining Center were completed by 2009. A new 152-room residence hall, Tuckerman Hall, was opened in the fall of 2013. A 50,000-square-foot Learning Commons was opened in 2014, housing the library, the information technology help desk, a café, media production services; the former Shapiro Library was reopened as the William S. and Joan Green Center for Student Success, a student center housing conference rooms and meeting space, along with student services for women, learning disabilities and other groups. The university purchased naming rights to the downtown Manchester Civic Arena in September 2016, naming it SNHU Arena for at least 10 years in a deal that included internships for students and use of the facility for graduation and athletic events.
SNHU absorbed the faculty and staff at Daniel Webster College along with the engineering and aviation programs, operating the college's campus in Nashua for the rest of the 2016-17 academic year after its parent company, ITT Technical Institute, filed for bankruptcy. SNHU purchased the college's aviation facilities at Nashua Airport, for $410,000 and enrolled up to 30 students in their Aviation Operations and Management bachelor’s degree program. An undisclosed Chinese university, which plans to open a satellite campus, outbid SNHU for the former campus. To accommodate the new students, SNHU converted an unused warehouse on campus into space for classrooms, a machine shop. SNHU plans to construct an additional engineering building by 2019. Three major construction projects were completed in 2017: the Gustafson Center, a new welcome center named for the former university president Richard A. Gustafson.
National League for Nursing
The National League for Nursing is a national organization for faculty nurses and leaders in nurse education. It offers faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, public policy initiatives to more than 40,000 individual and 1,200 education and associate members; the National League for Nursing promotes excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of our nation and the global community. The NLN was founded in 1893 as the American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools for Nurses and was the first organization for nursing in the U. S. In 1912, it was renamed the National League for Nursing Education and released the first Standard Curriculum for Schools of Nursing in 1917. In 1942, the NLNE created individual membership, enabling African-American nurses to participate in the organization. In 1952, the NLNE combined with the National Organization for Public Health Nursing and the Association for Collegiate Schools of Nursing as the National League for Nursing, the United States Department of Education recognized the NLN, including it on the initial list of recognized accrediting agencies.
This allowed the NLN to assume responsibility for the accreditation of nursing schools in the U. S. At this time the NLN included African-American nurses in positions, including the board of directors. Willie Mae Jackson Jones, of the Community Nursing Services of Montclair, New Jersey, served as the first African-American in the organization, as a member of the first NLN board of directors. Additionally, Dr. Lillian Holland Harvey, the Dean of the Tuskegee Institute School of Nursing, was on the board of directors. In 1996, the NLN Board of Governors approved establishment of an independent entity within the organization to be known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. In 1997, the NLNAC began operations with sole authority and accountability for carrying out the responsibilities inherent to the accreditation processes. Fifteen Commissioners were appointed: nine nurse educators, three nursing service representatives, three public members; the Commissioners assumed responsibilities for the management, financial decisions, policy-making, general administration of the NLNAC.
The NLNAC was incorporated as a subsidiary of the NLN in 2001, twelve years the name of the NLNAC was changed to the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, the name under which the subsidiary continues to operate. On December 1, 2014, Marsal P. Stoll, EdD, MSN, was appointed the chief executive officer of the ACEN. In 2014, the NLN created an additional commission for nursing education accreditation, the Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation. On July 1, 2014, Judith A. Halstead, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, was appointed executive director of the CNEA. Both organizations operate to support the interests of nursing education through accreditation. A core difference is that the ACEN is recognized by the USDE; this recognition includes the ACEN being recognized by the USDE as an “institutional” accreditation agency, as such the nursing program offered by the “institution” can be eligible for Higher Education Reauthorization Act, Title IV funds through the ACEN. A collection of papers including proceedings of annual conventions, meeting minutes, biographical data of early leaders and photos are held at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.
Accredited Programs The number of accredited programs awarding academic degrees, diplomas or certificates by the NLNAC as of 2010: Clinical Doctorate — 2 Nursing Doctorate — 1 Master of Nursing — 197 Baccalaureate — 234 Associate — 673 Diploma — 53 Practical Nursing — 162 The NLN provides the Total Assessment Program for NCLEX Success, a comprehensive testing services program for nurse educators and practitioners. TAP is a complete preparation package to assess students’ abilities and achievement prior to admission, after specific courses, at the completion of nursing programs; the TAP package consists of Pre-Admission Exams. List of nursing organizations Lucile Petry Leone Official website http://www.acenursing.org
Franklin Pierce University
Franklin Pierce University is a private university in rural Rindge, New Hampshire. It was founded as Franklin Pierce College in 1962, combining a liberal arts foundation with coursework for professional preparation; the school gained university status in 2007 and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The university has an enrollment of 1,400 students and overlooks Pearly Pond, just a few miles from Mount Monadnock; the campus covers 1,200 acres. Kim Mooney is the current president of Franklin Pierce University, replacing outgoing president Andrew Card in August 2016; the university operates the College of Graduate and Professional Studies with campuses in Manchester and Lebanon, New Hampshire, as well as Goodyear, Arizona. The College at Rindge houses three institutes: the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication, named for Marlin Fitzwater; the school was founded by Frank S. DiPietro in 1962 as Franklin Pierce College, named after Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States and the only U.
S. president from New Hampshire. The school opened its doors to its first set of students in the winter of 1963, they began with six full-time professors. The campus consisted of four older buildings known as the Manor, Rindge Hall, The White House, Ravencroft Theatre. Many classes were conducted in downtown Rindge, while other buildings there were used as residence halls. In the winter of 1964, Crestview Hall was built, by the college had 150 students; that building was used for both dorms and classrooms, enabling the college to move to its current location. In the winter of 1965, Monadnock Hall was built for more classrooms on the ground floor and residence halls on the above floor; that year Edgewood was built. At that time the cafeteria moved from the Manor to the ground floor with residence halls on the two upper floors; that year, the DiGregorio building was built and housed a post office along with student lounges, a snack bar, book store. Still, despite the additional buildings, the campus remained overcrowded as the student body grew to over 500 students.
The school still lacked a library, so in 1967 a resource center was built. The library moved from one of the classroom/dorm buildings to the resource center along with academic and administrative offices; the television production center, radio station, computer labs, the cable TV system headend would be located there. In the fall of 1968, Granite Hall opened as a dormitory with health services in the basement; that year, the Fieldhouse was built to accommodate sports programs. In 1969, New Hampshire Hall opened for more dormitories with the fire department in the basement. Mt. Washington Hall was built as an extension to New Hampshire in 1969 and housed the music department. In 1971, Marcucella Hall was built for classrooms, enabling most of the classrooms in Crestview and Monadnock to relocate there; the Manor remained a student center as Rindge Hall became financial registration offices. Franklin Pierce held its first graduation in 1967 and became accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in 1968.
While the college was overcrowded by 1970 despite building projects, the student body began to shrink by 1972. The college stayed the same size throughout the 1970s. In 1975, Frank DiPietro stepped down as college president, former New Hampshire governor Walter Peterson took over. Under Peterson, the college returned to financial solvency. In the late 1970s to the early 1980s, the focus was maintenance of the student body rather than growth. By the early'80s, the college was ready for expansion. In 1985, the Emily Flint Campus Center began to be built and opened in the fall of 1986; this would house the post office, Student Activities, conference centers, snack bar, book store, among other uses. The former cafeteria became residence halls on a workout room on the other side; the Degregorio building became bursar's office. A cable television system was installed in 1986. In 1987, trailers were added to house students. In 1988, apartment-type residences called. Throughout the'70s and'80s, satellite campuses were added around New Hampshire for adult education.
In the mid-1990s, Northwoods were built for more apartments replacing the 1987 trailers. In 1995, Walter Peterson stepped down and George Haggerty took over as college president; that year North Fields Activity Center, an athletic building known as "the Bubble", was built, Crestview was converted into classroom buildings. In 1998, Cheshire Hall was built with apartment-style housing. In 2002, the library building added a new floor, this became the Fitzwater Communication Center. In 2007, the college was renamed Franklin Pierce University. In 2008, the White House was torn down, a new classroom building called Petrocelli Hall was built in its place. In 2009, James F. Birge became the university's fourth president. In 2012, the university welcomed 550 freshmen, the largest group in its 50-year history, as well as 56 transfer students and 10 part-time students, for a total of 616 new students. In the same year, the university completed $1 million in renovations to its dining hall as well as completed construction of the Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Health Science and Athletic Training Center to support its new Health Sciences program.
Andrew Card began his tenure as the fifth president of Franklin Pierce University in December 2014. On August 28, 2015, President Card announced the demolition of the Ravencroft Theat