College Receives Gift Supporting New Master’s Program
Campus News

Franklin College has received a $150,000 gift from Drs. Leonard and Teresa Bissonnette in support of the college’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program. This is the third notable gift the college has announced in recent weeks.

Leonard Bissonnette is a 1962 alumnus of the college. 

The gift provides additional fuel for the January 2019 launch of the master’s program, upon approval and accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA).

“The continued support of Franklin College by the Bissonnettes will allow the developing Physician Assistant Studies program to bring innovative technology into the classroom to better educate the next generation of PA’s,” said Thomas Meehan, Ph.D., PA-C, program director for the college’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

“Franklin College provided me with a wonderful educational foundation on which to build a professional career as a doctor,” said Leonard Bissonnette. “Terry and I are very impressed with Dr. Meehan and the Physician Assistant Studies program he is building.  We are honored to support this program and its impact on students and the college.”

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is made possible by a nearly $1 million grant awarded to the college in 2014 from the Lilly Endowment Inc., as part of its Initiative to Promote Opportunities Through Educational Collaborations. This will be the second master’s program launched by the college – the first being the Master of Science in Athletic Training in 2016 – and will build on its strong track record in science and pre-professional health programs.   

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.


(Edited Jan. 27, 2020)


POSTED Sep 24, 2018