President Kim Mooney

Mooney

RINDGE — Franklin Pierce University’s first female president began her tenure on Monday.

Kim M. Mooney, who is also an alumna of the university, becomes Franklin Pierce’s sixth president.

In addition to receiving her bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from the university, she has served in other administrative positions at Franklin Pierce.

She was a Franklin Pierce trustee from 2001 to 2008, and also was interim president from January to June 2009. She became provost and vice president for academic affairs that year.

Mooney succeeds Andrew H. Card Jr., who announced in June he was stepping down from the presidency Aug. 1 after more than a year and a half on the job.

She said she plans to shape her presidency on three principles: collaboration, communication and community, according to a news release from the university.

“The students, alumni, faculty, and staff can expect to be part of an institution that works with its constituents collaboratively, in a close-knit community where clear communication is the standard,” Mooney said in the news release.

“Franklin Pierce is a family that is as strong as all the people who contribute to its momentum and success.”