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For Immediate Release:

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006

New Hampshire’s World-Class Franklin Pierce College Commits To Goodyear


(GOODYEAR, AZ) The Board of Trustees of Franklin Pierce College of Rindge, New Hampshire enthusiastically supported President George J. Hagerty’s proposal to expand the college’s programs to fast-growing Goodyear, Arizona. Goodyear Mayor Jim Cavanaugh had solicited proposals from private institutions of higher learning in early 2006 to augment the City’s economic development efforts.


“Our commitment to move forward reflects our confidence in Goodyear’s vision to establish a thriving educational partnership that will benefit students, the City and the regional economy,” said Zeddie R. Bowen, chair of the Franklin Pierce College Board of Trustees. “With Goodyear experiencing a 16-18% annual growth rate, we look forward to extending our institutional mission and our proven programs to a new population of undergraduate and graduate students.”


The board approved the implementation of Phase I of its western expansion plan by agreeing to set up an office in Goodyear for the purpose of introducing Franklin Pierce College and its programs to Goodyear and the rest of Arizona.  Initially, the college will offer on-line undergraduate programs and graduate courses leading to a Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. The on-line courses will serve as an interim step until actual classrooms are available in Phase II.


Approval to begin due diligence on the establishment of a preliminary campus in Goodyear was also granted by Franklin Pierce’s board. College representatives will be researching available space for classroom and laboratory space for the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program. To fully utilize the space, business degree evening classes will also be offered.


Formal approval of Phase II is expected at the board of trustees’ meeting the second week in March.


“As a soon-to-be university with a growing national and global reach, Franklin Pierce is always looking at opportunities to extend the benefits of student-centered teaching and relevant degree programs to more students,” said President Hagerty. “We are very enthusiastic about Mayor Cavanaugh’s proposal, and this step to form a partnership with the City of Goodyear is well-aligned with our vision to build on our success in undergraduate and adult education.”


Franklin Pierce College was introduced to Goodyear at the City’s Higher Education Conference held in November.  Four other private colleges and one state school attended the conference hosted by Goodyear Mayor Jim Cavanaugh whose goal is to attract private colleges to expand the type of post-secondary educational opportunities available in Goodyear and Arizona.


“We are very excited about the board’s commitment to Goodyear. From the moment we met President Hagerty and Raymond Van der Riet, Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, we realized what a great fit Franklin Pierce and Goodyear would be,” states Mayor Cavanaugh.  “Franklin Pierce is a world-class educational institution with which we share the same basic values and principles.  We’re both dynamic and changing organizations that can definitely benefit each other.”


Franklin Pierce enrolls a total of 3,200 students at its residential, undergraduate campus in Rindge and five satellite campuses operated by the school’s Division of Graduate and Professional Studies, in Concord, Keene, Lebanon, Manchester and Portsmouth. Named after Franklin Pierce, the 14th and only New Hampshire-born president of the United States, Franklin Pierce College was founded in 1962.  It is a private, four-year, coeducational nonsectarian college with a curriculum that is a blend of traditional liberal arts, pre-professional study, teacher preparation programs and a nationally-recognized core curriculum, "The Individual and Community.



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