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Franklin Pierce University Campus History: Graduate & Professional Centers

Franklin Pierce University was founded in 1962 on the shores of Pearly Pond in Rindge, New Hampshire. This guide explores the growth of the campus over the past 50 years.

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Portsmouth Center
 
 
 
 
Portsmouth Center - Pease
Goodyear, Az.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Manchester Center
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
Manchester Center
 
Lebanon Center
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Keene Campus 1980 
 
 
 
 
Concord Campus

History of the Satellite Campuses

In 1973, the first graduate program began in Concord. The Franklin Pierce Law Center opened with a fulltime program of professional studies.  It was located on Mountain Road in East Concord. It had full enrollment for its first year.

In 1975, the Concord campus opened.

In 1980, the Keene campus opened.

In 1982, centers opened in Dover and Salem. The Salem campus was originally located at 200 Main St., but classes were held at the Woodbury Junior High School.   

The Nashua campus opened in 1983.

In 1987 the Salem campus moved to 91 Stiles Rd., in the Salem Professional Park. All offices and classrooms were located in the building.

A center at Pease Air Force Base opened in 1988 and closed in 1990?

On Tuesday July 16, 1991, the Portsmouth campus opened at the Portsmouth Circle Business Center.

In 1992 the Salem campus celebrated its tenth anniversary and a new location at 12 Industrial Way.

In 1998 the Concord campus moved to a new center on Pembroke Road.

In 1997 a professional studies campus opened in Lebanon. Classes were offered in the evening at Lebanon High School.

In 1998 the Portsmouth campus began construction on a 12,000 square foot facility in the Pease Tradeport. It was intended to house 12 classrooms, computer labs, administrative offices, and a student lounge. In the fall of 1998, the Lebanon campus opened on the second floor of the Trade Center in West Lebanon.  The centers at Keene, Salem, Nashua, and Concord all received overhauls of their computer labs and classroom furniture and media equipment was updated. (Pierce Magazine, v.16, no. 3 Winter 1998)

In 1999, Follett Company took over the bookstore in Rindge, and built bookstores at each campus.

In 2001 the Portsmouth and Concord centers expanded with an extension in Rochester and in Manchester.

In 2000, due to enrollment growth, the Keene campus was renovated in August, and expanded in size from 7400 sq. ft. to 12,800 sq.ft.

The 25th anniversary of the Concord campus and the 20th anniversary of the Keene campus were celebrated in 2000.

In 2002 the Concord campus moved to a new location to accommodate the Physical Therapy program. 

In 2004 the Concord Center moved into a new facility with 11 classrooms, two computer labs, a student lounge and reception area, three physical therapy labs, and expanded office space.

On August 18, 2004, the Manchester Center was opened on the second floor of the Jefferson Mills. The Salem campus was closed to make way for the Manchester campus.

The Keene Center celebrated its 25th anniversary in September 2005.  Originally, the Keene center operated out of Keene High School, in September of 1980. In 1993, it moved to a larger facility at 17 Bradco Street. In September 2000, the center expanded, nearly doubling in size, and adding classrooms, a large student lounge, an upgraded computer lab, and a quiet meeting/study area. (Pierce Arrow, 9/3/05)

In 2006 the University created a partnership with Luhansk University in the Ukraine and developed the first American MBA program. The program was partially funded by the U.S. State Department's contribution of $400,000. (Pierce Arrow, 8/30/08)

The Goodyear Arizona campus was approved in 2007 by the Arizona State Board of Postsecondary Education and opened in 2009, with the first 20 students enrolling in June. FPU Board of Trustees approved the campus in December 2006. Goodyear is 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix, with a growing population. The town was seeking post-secondary opportunities as part of the economic growth of the town.  (Pierce Arrow, 2/7/07)

In June 2013, the Concord campus was merged with the Manchester center to accommodate growing programs.  The new space in Manchester will be customized to provide the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program with state-of-the-art lab facilities and new classrooms and study space. The Manchester Center is now the home of CGPS, with offices for the CGPS Dean, Distance Education Dept., D.P.T. Program, Enrollment Management for CGPS, MBA Program Director, and the Graduate Teacher Education Program Director.

In August, 2013, the Portsmouth Center moved to 119 International Drive - Pease Tradeport.

 

                                     

 

Resources

Archives:

Campus Buildings Box CB9

Pierce Arrow

9/9/1973

9/3/2005

2/7/2007

8/30/2008

9/27/2012

Pierce Radius:

Fall 2007

Franklin Pierce Magazine:

Feb. 1983

Summer 1983

Spring 1987

Fall 1988

Spring/Summer 1991

Winter 1992

v.15, no. 3, Fall 1997

v.16, no. 1 Spring 1998

v.16, no. 3 Winter 1998

v.22, no. 1, 2004

v.22, no. 2, 2004

 Franklin Pierce Accomplishments, 1996-2000