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Leadership A Special Report from Pace University

Pace University’s Person of the Year Stephen J. Friedman

Winter 2017

Leadership Magazine



Frederica N. Wald


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A Letter from the Board Chairman


President’s Letter


Legacy Pace’s Person of the Year Timeline of Accomplishments A Look Inside 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Stephen J. Friedman


In Their Own Words

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Year in Leadership


Pace in the News


Leadership Announcement


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A Letter from the Chairman

A Tribute to President Stephen J. Friedman By Mark M. Besca ’81 Chairman of the Board of Trustees


hen I think about Pace University’s most influential leaders since 1906, President Stephen J. Friedman stands beside Homer and Charles Pace and Dr. Edward Mortola on the University’s Mount Rushmore. His name is synonymous with Pace’s recent growth and revitalization. President Friedman’s unwavering belief in the power of education and his fervent desire to help young men and women realize their dreams cannot be overstated. For 13 years, first as Dean of the Law School and then as President of the University, he has embraced our mission and our smart, hungry students. He has worked tirelessly to provide young men and women from all economic backgrounds with a liberal arts education and career preparation, bring financial stability to the University, create a modern new campus in Pleasantville, build beautiful new facilities and revive student life on our New York City Campus, increase enrollment, improve fundraising, and oversee the creation of vital new academic programs. When I became Chairman of the Board of Trustees in 2013, President Friedman and I began having breakfast together once a month. We’ve sat at the same table in the same restaurant and worked through challenges, made decisions, and celebrated


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successes over eggs, toast, and coffee more than 40 times in almost four years. Very early on I realized President Friedman has more intellectual bandwidth than most people. He is brilliant, well-read, and intellectually curious. He is also calm, always prepared, and the one person you want managing a crisis. Here is a man who was a senior partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Equitable Companies’ general counsel. Yet he says Pace is the best job he ever had. We are forever in his debt. To properly honor President Friedman’s legacy we must continue to embrace Opportunitas and maintain our passion for the student experience, excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship. We must fortify the impact of a Pace education by continuing to transform ourselves and keep up with a society that typically evolves faster than higher education. Technology is behind society’s current evolution; therefore we must leverage technology and more efficiently deliver the outcome-focused value that employers and communities now require from graduates. President Friedman likes to say, “Technology is determining what we teach and how we teach it.” It is critical that we determine the “what” and the “how” faster than we ever have before. Institutions that can’t anticipate the future will get left behind. People who know us say that Pace knows how to get its students into the marketplace and contribute on a large scale. We should aspire, however, to have even more people recognize Pace for the value of our degree. President Friedman leaves Pace on a great trajectory. The University, like our students, is poised to do great things. Now it is up to us to realize the future he envisions for us. Pace really does educate the aspiring heart of America. If we continue to help students imagine new futures and advance their lives, we will also create a bright future for Pace and contribute to a stronger and more prosperous society.

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10 Years


By Stephen J. Friedman, President

s I write my last annual report as President of Pace, I find myself confronted with two very high hurdles. The first stems from the exceptional generosity of Mark Besca’s message that precedes this report. How to measure up to the extraordinary company in which Mark has placed me? And second, should this be just the usual annual report for FY 2016 or a grand attempt to sum up 10 years of progress and near misses? I decided to simply let the facts speak for themselves: to compare in relatively broad strokes where Pace is today to where it was 10 years ago, to explain what we have accomplished, and to describe what the opportunity to lead Pace University since the fall of 2007 has meant to me. In the fall of 2007, the University was at one of the low points in its history. Five years of declining core enrollment and three years of operating losses had eroded our financial flexibility, the University’s long-term debt rating had been downgraded to below-investment-grade status, and America was on the leading edge of the Great Recession. In contrast, for the fiscal year ended last June 30, Pace realized an operating surplus of $13.2 million; we completed the rebuilding of the Pleasantville Campus where steadily declining enrollment has now given way to three consecutive years of modest increases

in enrollment; the University’s long-term debt is once again rated investment grade; and its amount of floating rate debt has been sharply reduced. In addition to the Pleasantville construction project, there has been substantial modernization of academic facilities on both campuses funded by operating cash flow and, in New York City, the creation of two new high-rise modern residence halls with a total of 1,380 beds and a seven-story Performing Arts academic center at 140 William Street. In fall 2000, there were about 500 residential students on the New York City Campus, all in Maria’s Tower. Today there are about 2,600 residential students in New York City in three modern Pace student residences, plus Maria’s Tower. Pace is clearly no longer a commuter school, although students commuting from home remain valued members of the Pace Community. Most important in the area of physical renewal is the re-creation of our two main campuses in Pleasantville and New York City. I have been fascinated and greatly encouraged by the dramatic impact that significant improvements in academic facilities have on the student experience and by the enrollment response. The modernization of the laboratories in both Pleasantville and New York City, the creation of simulated hospital space on both campuses for nursing and physician assistant studies students, the new

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Performing Arts building in New York City, and the new video and media facilities on the Pleasantville Campus have all led to significant growth in student demand for those programs. The $118 million Pleasantville project was completed this past summer, and the campus is dramatically different: there are new residence halls, athletic facilities, student meeting spaces, a wholly new environmental center; and a large new quadrangle. These changes, coupled with the addition of 600 residential students from Briarcliff and graduate students from White Plains, have created a palpable increase in the vibrancy and engagement in student life on the new Pleasantville Campus. This summer, Pace will embark on Phase 1 of a major modernization of One Pace Plaza and 41 Park Row. This $190 million, three-phase project will create new homes for the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and the Lubin School of Business; a new face for One Pace Plaza that will embrace the exciting world that Lower Manhattan has become; there will be extensive new spaces for student collaboration with other students and faculty; and it will fashion new state-ofthe-art academic spaces that will provide the flexibility and technology required for a 21st century Pace education. Two new floors will be added to the top of the west building of One Pace Plaza. I am confident that the positive effect on student life in New York City will be significant. This ambitious project is critical to the future of Pace University. It will be funded by a comprehensive campaign that is off to a good start and a $100 million construction fund that is already in place. Of even more importance to the future of education at Pace, over the past 10 years 276 new full-time, tenuretrack, tenured, and clinical faculty have joined Pace. Most have replaced retiring and departing faculty. Some have departed, but there has been a net increase of 74 full-time faculty, and the additional faculty have been allocated to new and growing programs in virtually every school and college. During this period, the University added the first two full PhD programs (in Dyson College and in the Seidenberg School) to its group of clinical doctoral programs, and three more PhD programs are awaiting NYS approval. The College of Health Professions was created through the successive addition of new degree programs to the firm foundation of the Lienhard School of Nursing, and the undergraduate Performing Arts program became one of


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the most selective in the University and among the best in the country, propelling its transformation into the School of Performing Arts in Dyson College. There has been an explosion of students in the graduate programs in computer science in the Seidenberg School and moderate growth in the undergraduate programs of the Lubin School of Business. The Lubin School has established a growing number of new partnerships: with ACCA in accounting, with the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics for a 2+2 dual degree in accounting, with a major social media firm, and others. Overall, the last 10 years have seen a new emphasis on the importance of faculty scholarship and research, and an increasing amount of fascinating and important research is in progress. As the torch of faculty leadership is passed to the next generation and more teaching and scholarship is carried out by new and younger faculty members, those whom we hire, promote, and tenure will determine the academic quality of Pace University for the next 30 years. Overall core enrollment of undergraduate and graduate students has grown by about 2,000 FTEs over the past 10 years. Our undergraduate and graduate student body is more diverse and more international. Our students today come from 46 states and 62 countries.


n 2015, the Board adopted a new Strategic Plan for 2015–2020, Opportunitas: Embracing the Future. The Plan charts a course for continued growth in excellence, reputation, and stature under four broad themes: (1) Creating an Engaging and Transformational Student Experience, (2) A Persistent Emphasis on Student and Alumni Outcomes, (3) Institutional Vitality, and (4) A Community Dedicated to Excellence. Each year a number of the many initiatives under each of these themes are selected as priorities and progress is carefully assessed and evaluated, leading to mid-course adjustments in strategy and tactics. As stated in the Plan, Pace will emerge as a stronger institution with a unique and essential mission well suited to the needs of students in the 21st century. The path to success is never straight and without detours, failures, missed opportunities, and wrong judgments, and over the past 10 years we have certainly had our share of them. But the net result has been very strongly positive; Pace University is a very different place than it was in the

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fall of 2007—stronger academically and financially, more resilient and agile, and increasingly better known throughout the country. Those changes have been accomplished by an exceptionally talented and committed team of administrative, decanal, and faculty leaders. I have been privileged to work with and rely on the members of the Operations Committee, many of whom have now worked together as a team for many years. Thanks to them, Pace University is today more than the sum of its parts. I have been constantly impressed by the professionalism, good judgment, good spirits, and hard work they have brought to creating a bright future for Pace. It has been a joy for me to work side-by-side with them. I wish that this report afforded me the time and space to detail their individual contributions to Pace University, which have been legion. No organization, whether a business or a nonprofit, stays the same for very long. A university must be constantly refreshed, reshaped, and recreated. Although the change is not always visible because it takes place in small increments, the University is in constant motion, every day getting better or slipping behind, as new faculty, students, and administrators arrive, others leave, new ideas supplant conventional wisdom, and technology works increasingly radical changes on what we teach and how we teach. This fluidity poses special challenges for a Board of Trustees, requiring it to be both very careful and courageous. During my tenure as President, I have been the deeply grateful beneficiary of a group of Trustees who have brought extensive business, academic, board, and alumni experience to bear on the many challenges we have faced and surmounted. Our Trustees have been careful, courageous, fully committed to a great future for Pace University, and generous in their support of that future. With careful examination of the risks involved in each major step, the Trustees have made the hard decisions required to move forward: the hiring of new faculty every year in the last 10, including the 2008 and 2009 years of the Great Recession; the sales of Briarcliff, the Graduate Center at Martine Avenue, and the dormitory at 106 Fulton Street in New York City; the incurrence of an additional $112 million of new debt to fund the major portion of the Pleasantville Master Site Plan (albeit at very favorable rates); after we assembled an initial $100 million construction fund, the commitment to the $190 million New York City Master Plan, along with the decision not to fund it with additional long-term debt; the approval of budgets to staff and teach

“Pace University is a very different place than it was in the fall of 2007— stronger academically and financially, more resilient and agile, and increasingly better known throughout the country. Those changes have been accomplished by an exceptionally talented and committed team of administrative, decanal, and faculty leaders.”

new and expanded programs; and many other actions. The Trustees had the courage of their convictions and the steps taken thus far have been proof points for the correctness of their convictions. I am grateful for their confidence in the future of Pace and in the administration of the University that those decisions reflect. Over the past 10 years, a number of long-serving Trustees have retired from the Board and those remaining have been joined by a group of experienced and talented new Trustees, both alumni and non-alumni who identify with our mission. Our Trustees have been wonderfully generous with their time, their deep interest in creating an ever-better Pace University, their commitment, and their financial support. A few months ago, they were joined on the Board by Liliane Haub, whose family recently committed to make the largest gift in the history of Pace University, all in support of the Law School’s Environmental Law program. That gift caps a three-generation partnership between the Haub family and the Law School in pursuit of environmental sustainability, and the Law School now proudly bears the name of

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Elisabeth Haub, the first of the Haub family to work with the Law School on environmental matters. It has been my special privilege to work closely with two exceptional Board Chairs, Neil Bianco ’61 and, for the past three-and-a-half years, Mark Besca ’81. Both Neil and Mark have been my partners and coaches in this effort. They have been a never-ending source of valuable advice, judgment, tough questions, celebration of our achievements, Board leadership, and love for Pace University. I shall be eternally grateful for everything they have done for Pace and to support our efforts. There has also been a major change in the level of engagement of our alumni. We now have 10 active alumni advisory boards plus a President’s Council in both New York City and Pleasantville. A signature element of the Pace Path is an alumni mentoring program for students in their second, third, and fourth years. In just a few short years the number of alumni mentors has grown to 125, and we expect it to continue to grow. Our objective is for each third and fourth year student to have a mentor from the industry or sector toward which the student is headed. The mentor’s role is to help the student understand the non-academic elements of what it takes to succeed in that industry or sector, the soft skills that employers tell every university are often missing in today’s graduates. We want alumni to be involved in other aspects of the life of the University as well, and they are increasingly responding.


n the end, the greatest satisfaction for me has been the University’s role in the lives of our students. The transformation from first year to Commencement is truly magical. The proof points of Pace’s contribution to the lives of our students start to accumulate very early with the success of our students in national competitions. The Dyson College Fed Challenge Team came in first in the nation in the Federal Reserve Board’s monetary policy competition two years in a row. Dyson’s Model UN teams win a long list of both regional and national awards. The Lubin Advertising and Pace Pitch student teams perform superbly in those contests. Two Seidenberg students were finalists in the world UX (user experience) competition last fall in Graz, Austria. Lienhard registered nurse candidates have a truly amazing pass record on their licensing exams. Most of all, when we reach Commence-


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ment season, I am so impressed with the calm, centered intelligence, ambition, and grit of our graduating students. It is the Pace faculty and their dedication to teaching that deserve full credit for the academic success and engagement of our students. I have so much respect for what they do and how much they care about individual students. Commencement is only the beginning of the contribution Pace makes to the lives of its students. Recently, a study was conducted of the impact of attendance at different colleges on the future economic mobility of their students. The authors looked at the portion of the class in all colleges and universities whose families came from the lowest 20% of the family income spectrum and asked what proportion of that group of students ended up in the top 20% of income earners in their early 30’s. Pace ranked second in the nation—55.6% of Pace students from the lowest 20% of family income ended up in the top 20% of earners in their early 30’s. Pace was also second in the nation when the authors looked at students from the bottom 40% of family income and the top 40% of earners. That extraordinary result reflects the special power of Opportunitas, the array of opportunities for intellectual and personal growth that Pace offers. I confess that when I began as President, I could not imagine that I would be repeating that word virtually every time I describe the University in a speech. No other university I know actually uses its Latin motto in everyday conversation. But I soon came to understand that the magic of what Pace does lies in the transformation it engenders in so many of its students. The “opportunity” its motto refers to is double-barreled— the opportunity for transformation that the Pace Path offers to Pace students, and the opportunity for success in life that is given to those who take full advantage of what Pace offers. For me, the opportunity to play a leading role in that journey has produced a deep and abiding love for Pace. Much remains to be done, but I am confident that Pace has a great future, and I know that I will leave Pace in good hands. Marvin Krislov, our new President as of August 1, 2017, has an outstanding record of accomplishment as a public servant and an academic leader. He is good as well as talented, wise as well as smart, and committed to both academic excellence and our mission. I have no doubt that he will continue to build Pace University’s stature, reputation, and excellence.


his special issue recognizes the distinguished leadership of President Stephen J. Friedman

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Person of the Year



Yourself ” Than

President Friedman on his decade with Pace and the aspiring heart of America

By Sarah H. O’Brien


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y almost any measure, President Stephen J. Friedman has had a profound impact on Pace University. During his decade at the helm, Pace emerged from a financial crisis and today enjoys a healthy balance sheet that has spurred progress across the canvas—from the hiring of 276 new full-time faculty members to the transformation of the Pleasantville Campus to the launch of a major revitalization in Lower Manhattan. The University has significantly expanded its nationally recognized internship programs; strengthened the undergraduate curriculum; and introduced the Pace Path, an innovative, intentional plan for student success combining academics, mentoring, and real-world experience. Under President Friedman’s leadership, Pace has strengthened its relationships with alumni and friends, and received the largest philanthropic gift in the University’s history, in celebration of which the Law School entered a new era as the Elisabeth Haub School of Law. When asked to consider his own legacy, however, President Friedman steers the conversation toward the impact that Pace has had on him over the past 10 years—and on its students over the past century. “When I look back at my decision to accept the presidency of Pace, I remember thinking that it would be an interesting job filled with compelling challenges. And it has been that, to be sure. What I hadn’t anticipated was the


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incredible satisfaction I would feel from being part of a University that truly—and I mean truly—changes students’ lives. What a wonderful privilege it has been to be a part of that tradition.” During his tenure, Friedman made refocusing Pace on its historic mission of preparing students for the professions one of his guiding principles, and he counts himself a proud steward of the University’s enduring traditions. “From the beginning, Pace has educated the aspiring heart of America and I thought it was very important that we get back to that. Their names may be different, but today’s Pace students have the same stories and the same dreams as Pace students did 50 and 100 years ago. When you understand the difference that Pace has made in the lives of so many over such a long time, it makes you see that you are part of something larger and more enduring than yourself.” Indeed, a recent article in The New York Times (“America’s Great Working Class Colleges”) provided vivid evidence of Pace’s impact on the aspiring heart of America under President Friedman’s leadership. In a survey of “The Upward Mobility Top 10,” which ranked colleges by percent of students from the bottom fifth of the income distribution who ended up in the top one fifth, Pace University placed second in the nation. The findings were based on millions of anonymous tax filings and financial aid records and described as the most comprehensive study of college graduates ever conducted. “This is an important affirmation of what we do at Pace and it’s just an incredible feeling to be part of that,” says Friedman.

On Passion and Public Service The desire to be part of something larger than himself has been one of the defining themes of Friedman’s long and distinguished professional life. A champion of public service, he cites the inspiration of early role models like Dean Acheson, Secretary of State under President Harry S. Truman, who moved

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back and forth between practicing law and serving in the government. Following a similar path, Friedman began his legal career by clerking for United States Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr., and then alternated work at the Securities and Exchange Commission and the United States Treasury Department with leadership positions at Equitable Life Insurance Company and Debevoise & Plimpton, where he served as senior partner and co-chair of the corporate department. He also worked on the presidential campaigns of Jimmy Carter and Robert Kennedy. When he reached Debevoise’s mandatory retirement age of 65, Friedman struck out on a new service path, when he became Dean of Pace Law School and then President of Pace University. A second defining theme might be called “passion for the job.” Friedman explains: “When I first heard Steve Jobs’ famous commencement speech, in which he urges graduates to find their passions, I was actually stumped because I didn’t have one particular passion. But then I realized that my passion is about being passionate! I love learning about new worlds and helping others to be their best. When I was at Debevoise, for example, I wanted it to be the best law firm. When I was at Equitable, I wanted it to be the best life insurance firm. And when I came to Pace, I wanted to help this remarkable university be the best it could be at achieving its mission, and I believe it is.” All this might have seemed like a heady dream back when Friedman was growing up in Flatbush, Brooklyn, the son of parents whose lives had been shaped by the Depression. Friedman’s mother worked long hours as a legal secretary, facing skepticism in the workplace about a woman’s ability to use a typewriter, and his father attended law school at night before beginning his legal career. Surprisingly, school was initially a challenge for the young Friedman. “I had what today would be called a reading disability,” he recalls. “I got terrible grades early on. I remember my first good grade was an A minus on a book review of a Captain Horatio Hornblower book. My teacher was the only person more astonished than I was, but

“When I look back at my decision to accept the presidency of Pace, I remember thinking that it would be an interesting job filled with compelling challenges. What I hadn’t anticipated was the incredible satisfaction I would feel from being part of a University that truly— and I mean truly—changes students’ lives. What a wonderful privilege it has been to be a part of that tradition.”

then I just did better and better as the years went by.” So well, in fact, that he went on to Princeton University and was one of the top students in his class at Harvard Law School. Friedman describes his time at Harvard as especially transformative, and he often recognizes that same experience of transformation in the students who come to Pace. “Harvard opened up a world of possibilities to me. I realized that I could really go anywhere and do anything. It was as if someone had reached behind me and opened the blinders from my eyes. And I looked out to the world and I thought to myself, you know, ‘I can do anything I want.’”

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Patience to Listen and Lead In a quirk of fate, it wasn’t until he returned to academic life some 40 years later that Friedman learned he actually couldn’t do just anything he wanted. “While I enjoyed the job right from the outset, it took me a surprisingly long time to understand that as president, you don’t control your product. A university is distinguished by its teaching, scholarship, and research, and that is the domain of the faculty. At the beginning, when we were dealing with a period of disruption and change, I found that lack of control to be frustrating, but it taught me a great deal about the art and skill of subtle leadership. I was really a professional for my whole career before I came to Pace, so this was my first true executive job—it formulated my management style.” Over time, Friedman found that patience and listening were critical skills for success in university leadership. To cite just one example, he describes working with the faculty over a period of time on ways to make technology a central part of the teaching and learning experience at Pace. “It was clear to me early on, as it was to many others, that technology was becoming more and more important in higher education. When I first arrived at Pace, most of the talk was about how we teach with the advent of developments like MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and distance education, but I felt that the much more profound impact would be on what we teach. Technology has become a game changer in almost every discipline. Evolutionary biology is less about bones now and all about DNA. Marketing relies on data and analytics. Every day I hear about a discipline that’s being totally changed by technology. I felt strongly that no institution is doing its job if it graduates students who aren’t technologically proficient in their fields.” Rather than charging forth to try to dictate change, however, Friedman says he just kept talking and sharing ideas with people across the University. “The faculty took the lead on creating a committee on how technology informs what we teach and our students are gaining critical new skills in the classroom. So I learned


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that if you talk about an idea enough, and it’s a good idea—that’s the critical part—then the academy will work together to adopt it.” Today Friedman says his favorite part of leadership is putting the right people together to find creative solutions to important problems. “As an executive, I’m very experimental. I like to try new things, and I like to encourage others to try new things as long as they won’t sink the ship if they don’t work! And a lot of the time, they won’t work but you have to create an environment in which that is okay.”

On Students and Alumni Friedman says that while he wishes he could have spent even more time with Pace students, he will forever treasure their spirit, tenacity, and compassion. Each year, he looked forward to being “the first and last word” as he welcomed students during Convocation and sent them off to their bright futures at Commencement. One of his favorite student memories is meeting with the members of Pace’s College Fed Challenge Team fresh off their triumphs in the New York and national competitions. “They were so excited and proud,” he recalls, “and I was so excited and proud for them. This was a tremendous accomplishment for these outstanding young people and their faculty coaches. It showed them that they could compete and succeed at the highest level, against any students in America. The best part was when I asked them the secret to their success, they simply replied, ‘We work harder than anyone else.’ I can’t think of a better testimony to the power of a Pace education.” Friedman also recalls the power of the Pace Community in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which caused tremendous destruction across New York. Without power, phone reception, or subway service, students in Lower Manhattan were effectively cut off from the rest of the city. Forced out of their residence halls, they bunked on cots in One Pace Plaza while Pace

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staff worked around the clock to ensure their safety. “I was so proud of the way our community came together,” he says. “In New York City, Pace students grabbed flashlights and delivered meals to elderly neighbors, who had become homebound by the storm. In Pleasantville, they invited neighbors to a warming center in Willcox Hall. It was a long and stressful time for everyone, but also a deeply moving reminder of what it means to be a member of the Pace family.” Friedman says that one of the most unexpected pleasures of the job turned out to be something many university presidents shy away from: fundraising. “At first, I didn’t think I would like it but then I realized that, like managing, the secret to fundraising is listening and helping people make a difference. When you approach it like that, it becomes an enormously satisfying process. Besides, we have so many interesting, smart, fun people who are alumni

that it’s wonderful to spend time with them. It’s really been a privilege to hear their view of the importance Pace played in their lives.”

On the Future

As he enters his second non-retirement, Friedman plans to put his experience to work as a coach for nonprofit leaders. While he says it will be difficult to leave Pace in June, he believes the time is right—both for himself and the University. “I have loved this job and truthfully, I will miss it very much, especially the people—the students, the faculty, the alumni, the Trustees, and my senior team. I am so proud of all that we have accomplished together. We have advanced every corner of this University and we have created a strong platform to launch Pace to even greater heights. I think Pace is now in a great position for a new president.”

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Momentum 2004 Stephen J. Friedman is named Dean of Pace Law School.

2005 Consistently ranked #3 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Pace Law School’s Environmental Law Program is awarded the 2005 American Bar Association Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy by the ABA’s Standing Committee on Environmental Law and Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources.

Pace Law School opens the Immigration Justice Clinic, providing legal services to indigent people living, working, or detained in the lower Hudson Valley and New York City. Pace Law School founds and hosts the International Criminal Court Moot Competition, the world’s first moot court competition based on the law and procedures used by the International Criminal Court in prosecutions of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

“We are honored and very pleased by this important recognition of the leading role that Pace Law School has played in the evolution of environmental law and in the education of a generation of lawyers in this critical area.” —DEAN FRIEDMAN


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Timeline of Accomplishments

During President Stephen J. Friedman’s 12 years of leadership, Pace University experienced tremendous growth—in its academic programs, enrollment, faculty, research, facilities, and campuses, and its pride.




The Lienhard School of Nursing is awarded a $2.8 million Veteran Affairs Nursing Academy grant for faculty development and expansion, one of only 15 nursing schools in the US to receive the award.

The Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies is launched with the goal of expanding collaboration on environmental issues across the University.

Fall 2008 enrolls the largest number of new students in 10 years.

The numbers don’t lie. Pace Law School experiences the best job placement rate in its 30-year history and the bar pass rate was the highest in more than 10 years, with the full-time class pass rate at 86.6%.


Stephen J. Friedman is named Acting President of Pace University on June 4, 2007. President Friedman unveils The Path to a Firm Foundation, a three-year (2007–2010) strategic plan, which sets the stage for the financial revitalization of the University. During fall 2007, Pace halts a four-year decline in enrollment. Pace’s $17.6 million operating loss is reduced to just $3.5 million in President Friedman’s first year.

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Pace establishes New York City’s first university-based Confucius Institute. Pace receives unconditional reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Work begins on a $7.5 million renovation of the Dyson Hall science labs in Pleasantville.


The Board of Trustees elects Stephen J. Friedman as President on February 11.

“Steve Friedman is bringing a clear vision to the next century of this 103-year-old institution. He understands the New York metropolitan area’s continuing need for professionals who know how to think about what they are doing, and he is intensifying Pace’s tradition of producing them.” —ANIELLO A. BIANCO ’61, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

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trategic Plan 2010-2015


Pace University successfully concludes the most ambitious

2012 The School of Education becomes one of only 10 schools nationwide to pilot the innovative, high-tech TeachLivE™ avatar teaching lab.

fundraising effort in its 103-year history. It’s Time: The Centennial Campaign for Pace University raised $101,096,941.

“Since the start of the campaign, more than 16,813 individuals and organizations—including 12,365 alumni—have stepped forward to make critical investments in the school. This is truly inspiring and a vote of confidence in the University!” —PRESIDENT STEPHEN J. FRIEDMAN

2010 Opportunitas in the 21st Century: Seizing the Moment


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Strategic Plan 2010-2015

Building on the success of the previous plan, President Friedman introduces the 2010–2015 Strategic Plan, Opportunitas in the 21st Century: Seizing the Moment, reaffirming Pace’s historic role in American higher education and charting the course for continued growth in excellence, size, and reputation. Forbes names Pace University one of the top 20 “Colleges that Will Make You Rich.”


Pace introduces the College of Health Professions, comprising the Lienhard School of Nursing and the Pace Physician Assistant Studies Program, showcasing and expanding health majors at Pace.


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The Pace Board of Trustees votes unanimously to reappoint President Friedman to a second five-year term as President. Pace University launches the online degree completion program iPace. Aimed at addressing the dramatic needs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education, the School of Education and the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems launch the interdisciplinary STEM Collaboratory.

Pace’s Dyson College hosts the inaugural Summit on Resilience aimed at the partnership of the public and private sectors after disaster, featuring Tom Ridge, the first US Secretary of Homeland Security.

The Entrepreneurship Lab (eLab) is founded to offer Pace students across all disciplines a unique space and environment to collaborate and innovate.

Timeline of Accomplishments

2013 Pace University celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Pleasantville Campus and breaks ground on a $100 million revitalization of the Pleasantville Campus on October 23.

Pace responds successfully to the impact of Superstorm Sandy including loss of electricity and heat, and the relocation of residents, remaining in constant contact with students, parents, faculty, and staff; and establishing a University-wide task force and launching the Pace Cares Initiative/Fund, which collected more than 2,000 items of donated food, clothing, cleaning supplies, and other items, and raised more than $70,000 to provide financial assistance for students who were severely affected by the storm.


“This project, together with new academic programs and related enhancements, represents a significant investment in and commitment to the future of the Pleasantville Campus.” —PRESIDENT STEPHEN J. FRIEDMAN

2013 U.S. News & World Report ranks Pace’s online bachelor’s program #1 in the nation. Pace is named one of the top 5 schools in the nation for internship placement by U.S. New & World Report Short List. 140 William Street, the exclusive space for the undergraduate performing arts program, celebrates its grand opening. Pace introduces the Pace Path, an innovative program that helps each student excel in college, career, and life.

Pace cuts the ribbon on 182 Broadway, a state-of-the-art 23-story residence hall housing primarily first-year students. To meet the needs of adults in midlife and beyond looking for the next step in their career, Pace launches the Encore Transition Program, a program targeted to exploring nonprofit careers after retirement. Pace introduces its first Doctor of Philosophy degree: the PhD in Mental Health Counseling, the first such degree program in New York State.

2014 The curtain rises on Manhattan’s first performing arts school in nearly half a century, the Pace School of Performing Arts, reinforcing Pace’s leadership in the performing arts. Pace is chosen as a lead partner in a $5 million National Science Foundation grant, “Curriculum and Community Enterprise for New York Harbor Restoration in New York City Public Schools.”

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Pace debuts its brand new residence hall, Alumni Hall, and the state-of-theart Dyson Environmental Center Complex in Pleasantville.

Pace receives a $3.1 million gift to create new science laboratory facilities in NYC— the Alfred R. Goldstein Laboratories—with new biology, research, and crime reconstruction labs. Leveraging its reputation in accounting, Pace launches the Center for Excellence in Financial Reporting to encourage continuous improvements in financial reporting for the benefit of the investing public. Pace welcomes the largest number of entering undergraduate students in the last 15 years.

A recognized leader in cybersecurity, Pace is awarded a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

2015 Pace announces a new partnership with the renowned International Center of Photography.

33 Beekman, the world’s tallest residence hall, opens on the NYC Campus.


“33 Beekman is a transformative addition to our campus, a potent symbol of the new Pace University in New York, and a reminder to all that Pace is a vibrant presence in Lower Manhattan. Thousands of young men and women will live and work in this building and discover the true meaning of Pace’s motto of Opportunitas.” —PRESIDENT STEPHEN J. FRIEDMAN


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Pace unveils the 2015–2020 Strategic Plan, Opportunitas: Embracing the Future, which builds on progress of the last five years and focuses Pace on continuing to be an evolving, agile institution that educates undergraduate, graduate, adult, and non-traditional students through on-campus and online programs. For the second year in a row, Pace’s College Fed Challenge Team wins first place at the National College Fed Challenge. “This victory highlights Pace’s unique commitment to experiential learning and professional experience, giving our students a competitive advantage both during their college years and as they enter into highly competitive professional fields,” says President Friedman.

2016 In recognition of its commitment to veterans, G.I. Jobs magazine selects Pace as a Military Friendly School, an honor awarded to only 16% of colleges, universities, and trade schools nationwide. In addition, U.S. News & World Report ranks Pace among the top 10 online bachelor’s programs for veterans. The Elm Hall ribbon cutting marks the culmination of the Master Plan for Pleasantville. “This is much more than the opening of a new residence hall,” says

Timeline of Accomplishments


10+ Years of Growth President Friedman during the ceremony. “This is the realization of many years of hard work and planning to ensure that our students have facilities that are as outstanding as the quality of the education they receive here at Pace.”

Enrollment: 16% growth in undergraduate enrollment (based on headcount) 173% growth in undergraduate and graduate international enrollment (based on headcount) 90% new student enrollment from outside the tri-state area

Pace Law School receives the largest gift in Pace’s history, establishing the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in recognition of its long-standing partnership with the family of the late Elisabeth Haub, a tireless environmental advocate and philanthropist. Built on four pillars—customized goal setting, strong academics, real world experiences, and dedicated mentoring and advising—the Pace Path is fully integrated and launches the Early Start Program.

55% growth in underrepresented minorities

Faculty: 18% growth in full-time instructional faculty

Academic Programs: 117 new programs, including several doctoral programs

Career Services: 59% growth in internships reported by Career Services

Financials: 40% growth in operating revenues $240 million invested into campus improvements $100 million increase in liquidity

Customized Four-Year Plan Strong Academics

Dedicated Mentors and Advisers

Professional Internships

Get ready for the real world with the


Upgrade of the University’s credit rating by Standard & Poors

Community Service Hours: The New York City Master Plan, which will bring new and distinct homes for Dyson and Lubin, reimagined student space, new research and classroom space, and an inviting exterior, is formally announced.

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Pace University sees an operating surplus of $15 million, the largest in University history.

436,044 total community service hours via the Center for Community Action and Research and civic engagement since 2007

Sponsored Research Grants: $99,296,968 in grants awarded since 2007

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A Look Inside


Through his most treasured mementos and pictures, President Stephen J. Friedman shares thoughts of his family and his personal and professional experiences. 1 Father’s Desk: “This is the desk my father used at home. He passed away about 30 years ago, and I have brought it with me to five different offices. Although I don’t think about it much, it provides a tangible connection to my father and where I came from. Fathers and sons often have ups and downs and we were no different; but we were close at the end of his life and perhaps this is a subconscious way of extending that period.”

Plan groundbreaking on October 23, 2013.

7 Medals: These medals commemorate various milestones in President Friedman’s career: the 40th anniversary of his law firm; his work at the Treasury Department; and the first major conversion in modern times of a mutual life insurance company to stock form.

3 Presidential Scholarship: “My son

8 Family: “When I look at family pictures, I

and daughter and her family established a scholarship at Pace in my name in 2010. This gift means the world to me. The scholarship recognizes Pace University’s prominent role in my life, my view of the presidency as a form of public service, and my commitment to helping young people become the best they can be.”

wonder where all the time went. My daughter lives in Park Slope and is the Chief Fashion Critic and Fashion Director of The New York Times. My son lives in London and is CEO of an investment management company called GAM Holding AG. We see our grandchildren frequently and they probably won’t like me including their pictures because so many of the photos show them at a much younger age.”

2 Shovel: From the Pleasantville Master

4 Fly fishing: An avid fly fisherman, President Friedman shows off a big catch in Tierra del Fuego. 5 Dinner with MBA Students from

China: “I wanted to understand more deeply what it was like to be an international student at Pace and how we could be more helpful. I was so impressed with the bravery of these young men and women. They were almost 7,000 miles from home and in a very different culture.”

Photo: Jayne Wexler

6 Notable Meetings: “I have had the privilege to meet many distinguished and accomplished people during the course of my career. I enjoy getting my picture taken with them, but the picture I treasure the most is the one I took with our Pace mascot, T-Bone.”

9 Books: Every year, President Friedman

sends the Trustees and his colleagues books as holiday gifts. “The message in each book is important and relevant to our lives at Pace.” 10 Starfish: “In speeches, I often told a story about a young man who walked along a beach full of starfish and picked them up one by one and threw them back into the ocean. When someone pointed out that the beach was miles long, full of starfish, and the man couldn’t possibly make a difference he picked up one more starfish and replied, ‘I can make a difference to this one.’ I told the story so often my staff bought me this starfish. Looking at it always reminds me that everything we do, no matter how insignificant it may seem to others, makes a difference.”

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Things Know You Didn’t


Stephen J.

Interview by Sarah H. O’Brien


From summer camp in Canada to marching on Washington, here are 10 things that might surprise you about our Pace President.


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He was one of the best students in his class at Harvard Law School “During my second year of law school, I received the Sears Prize, which is given to the two students who receive the highest grade point average that year. (I was second in my class.) I was also elected to serve as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. These were both great honors and I was proud to receive them.”

10 Things You Didn’t Know


He and his wife Fredi participated in the March on Washington “I was in my 20s, fresh out of law school, and clerking for Justice Brennan at the Supreme Court. It was a sweltering hot day and there was a great deal of concern about whether the March would be peaceful. There were soldiers standing guard with rifles along the route. I had never seen that before in America, and it did not make anyone feel good. But the March was true to Dr. King’s beliefs. It was totally peaceful. When Dr. King came to the podium, I was stunned by the power of his delivery and the absolute rightness of his message. His ‘I Have a Dream’ speech lasted no more than 10 minutes, but when it was over, I knew that America had entered a new chapter in the long struggle for equal rights. It was a pivotal moment in my life and in the history of our country.”


He’s an avid fly fisherman “I love being in the river. There is just something magical about it. I started fly fishing about 20 years ago as a way of spending time with my son, Alexander, who is a mountain climber and outdoor adventurer. I spent a weekend at a fly fishing school in the Catskills run by Joan Wulff, a legend in the sport, and then we took our first trip to Labrador. Since then, I’ve fished in Alaska, Montana, Mexico, and Tierra del Fuego. Trout live in pristine waters, so these have all been true wilderness experiences. As an aside, I do catch and release, so in all this time I’ve only eaten one fish that I’ve caught!”


He worked with Senator Robert F. Kennedy on the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration “I was volunteering in Senator Kennedy’s office when he sponsored the legislation for a major urban renewal effort in BedfordStuyvesant. This was a very big effort to rehabilitate housing and make it affordable to the people who lived there. As a lawyer, I spent a year working with community leaders to organize the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. It was very exciting to be part of it and in the end, it was a huge achievement. It is still a major part of Senator Kennedy’s legacy in New York and continues to be a model for community development organizations around the country.”

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He’s still friends with his bunkmates from summer camp “When I was 10 years old, I went to Camp Wabikon in Northern Ontario. There were about a dozen boys in my bunk and somehow the ties we made that summer continue to bind us today. A few years ago, one of my bunkmates organized a reunion in Montreal. We hadn’t seen each other in many years but we had a wonderful time. Since then we have gotten together in other cities in Canada and the United States, including New York, and we have an active e-mail group. It’s been a source of real warmth and a pleasure to enjoy these relationships at this time in our lives.”


He was a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. “The Supreme Court is a unique experience, a unique institution. It’s unique because it’s so small for an institution at the apex of our government—there are only nine people who matter. One of the strongest lessons I took away was that it takes five votes to win. For example, Justice Black hated opinions that had Latin words in them. And his vote was essential to win. So everyone took those Latin words out of their opinions. Justice Brennan was an extraordinarily nice person. He had a very hard shell protecting his inner-self—I spent a lot of time with him, but I never felt that I knew him deeply. But I loved it; it was a great experience.” Left: President Friedman is the editor of An Affair with Freedom, a collection of Justice Brennan’s opinions and speeches during his first 10 years on the Supreme Court. In it, he concludes that Justice Brennan “has been true to his vision of a society in which personal liberty is sacred.”


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He served as the Chairman of American Ballet Theatre “I’ve always enjoyed the ballet, and after [my wife] Fredi and I moved to New York, we started going fairly often. When I was serving as general counsel at Equitable Life, I was asked to join the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) board. I did, and what’s interesting in terms of Pace is that the person I succeeded as Chairman of ABT was Charlie Dyson, who was then in his 80s. This was really a difficult time financially for ABT and it was my job to keep the company together and help steer it through the storm, as it were. I would say my major contribution was bringing in Kevin McKenzie as artistic director, who is still there today and doing a superb job.”

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He was a top ranked fencer in college “I attended a Friends high school that was so tiny, I managed to become the leading scorer on the basketball team. When I got to college, however, I learned in about five minutes that I was not going to be playing varsity basketball for Princeton. Luckily, the fencing coach encouraged me to try the sport and I did. I made the team and by the time I graduated, I was first in the Ivy League in sabre fencing. I also had the opportunity to compete in Eastern Sectionals. It was a great experience and I loved being on a varsity team.”


He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Capital Markets Policy at the United States Treasury Department and as Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission “When I graduated from law school, my heroes were people like Dean Acheson, who went back and forth between practicing law and serving in the government. I knew that was the kind of career I wanted to have. Serving in the Treasury under President Jimmy Carter was an explosive experience for me. I learned so much and I dealt with the most interesting issues on financial regulation, like the GlassSteagall Act. Just as I was about to go back to working in my law firm, I got a call from the chairman of the SEC asking me to serve as a commissioner. I was sworn in on a Tuesday and making major decisions on Thursday. That week we adopted regulations that had a profound effect on debt financing in the United States.”


He travels the world with his grandchildren “Fredi and I have three grandchildren and we have a tradition of taking them each on a special trip when they turn 12 years old. Traveling gives us an opportunity to spend quality time with each grandchild and visit some amazing places together. We took our first granddaughter to Istanbul, where we stayed in a hotel overlooking the Blue Mosque. We took the second grandchild to Greece, visiting Athens, Crete, and Santorini. We’re still figuring out where we’ll take our third grandchild next.”

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In Their Own Words

We asked members of the Pace Community to share their thoughts and personal stories of President Friedman­—whether it be a few words that describe him best, a memorable conversation, or how he’s impacted their lives.


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In Their Own Words

“When I joined the Pace Board at 33, I was by far the youngest board member. During those early

with up-to-date facilities and programs that would

meetings when I mustered up enough courage

provide and strengthen opportunities for the intellectual development of the students while

to provide my opinion, Steve always took my questions/comments seriously. The fact that SJF,

saw the route to success for the University of the

voice helped build my confidence. Over

future was to strengthen the relationship between

the years, Steve has also served as a great role

the faculty and administration; between alumni

model; through his career choices, Steve has

and the University, and the opportunity to add

legal success: private practice, public service, and academia or university administration.”

—Christopher A. Edwards ’95 Assistant Attorney General Financial Affairs Practice Group N.J. Department of Law and Public Safety Division of Law Pace Board of Trustees

“My most memorable experience with

providing real-world experiences that would help the students succeed in their chosen fields. He

a titan in the legal community, would affirm my

demonstrated that there are many pathways to

“Steve envisioned a forward-looking University

programs and fields of study that would set the University apart from its peers. As the foregoing

took shape and became reality, my pride in my

alma mater was restored and strengthened.” —James E. Healey ’64 Retired, Chief Financial Officer Nabisco, Inc. Pace Board of Trustees

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President Friedman was him hugging me at the Employee Recognition Ceremony last year. I celebrated five years at Pace and as I was walking to the front to collect my certificate from him, he had this big proud smile on his face. He shook my hand and

brought me in for a hug. It was a lovely moment.”

—Jennifer Ross Manager of Scheduling and Office Operations, Office of the President

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“My most memorable experience with President Friedman was actually an e-mail I read from him that had been sent out to the whole school. After election results sent many Pace students into a tailspin of worry, that e-mail was exactly what was needed. I was surprised and glad to have a

University President that took the time to send that message out.”

—Larissa M. Jeanniton ’17 Student

“It has been a privilege and honor to know and work with Steve. His smile, positive attitude, and intellectual curiosity are contagious. For me personally, I’ve learned from Steve’s thirst for knowledge and from his management style. I’ve enjoyed Steve’s suggested readings which span from inspirational experiences to biographies of controversial political figures. They have expanded my horizons. Steve is a great listener and inspires collaboration even when there are numerous divergent views. His focus, energy level, and breadth of leadership, experience, and success have benefited me and Pace in countless ways. Steve is one of those people who makes more than a career out of their work... He’s made

a difference. Steve leaves Pace a much stronger institution. A place that will continue to transform ‘the aspiring heart of America.’”

—Philip F. Bleser ’84, ’94 Former Global Chairman of Corporate Banking and Global Head of Multinational Corporate Subsidiary Coverage J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Pace Board of Trustees


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“My most memorable conversation and experience with Steve is when I asked him to become Interim President of the University. He thought we were getting together because I needed contacts for my consulting practice at Debevoise, his old law firm. He was surprised and shocked when I asked if he would be interested in becoming the head of the University. We spent about 15 or 20 minutes discussing some of the issues and then he said (to my great relief) of course he would accept. There were many other very interesting and impactful conversations

we had during my tenure as chair, but none more memorable than this one.”

—Aniello A. Bianco ’61 Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees

In Their Own Words

“One of my conversations with President Friedman centered around what college meant to him. I remember very clearly how he said that college was a place to widen a student’s knowledge and more importantly his or her sense of the world. What deeply resonated with me was how the message was universal—it was inclusive. That moment was important as it served as a foundation to my platform of student leadership: to widen

“President Friedman has strengthened the University to its core: we have meaningful faculty governance, new facilities and programs, and most important, a great cadre of new faculty. I still see myself as a young professor and can easily see a future where I want to Thank you, Steve.”

opportunities for everyone on campus, in line with our motto of Opportunitas. During that conversation, President Friedman sat next to me and not in front

” In a few words... “ of me—a testament to how he listens and works with and guides students literally side-by-side.”

—Marc Rinosa ’17 Executive President, Student Government Association

teach for another 10–15 years. —Joseph F. Ryan, PhD Professor, Chair, and Director, Department of Criminal Justice and Security, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

“I first got to know Steve in the process of completing the new Faculty Handbook. He led the administration side in the negotiations; having him on the opposite side of the table forced me to learn fast and bring my best game to each session. Steve was unfailingly gracious and curious about

“A visionary leader”

—Freddi N. Wald, CMO and Vice President for University Relations

“Good sense of humor, good listener, great smile” —Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, PhD, Associate Vice President and Dean for Students (Pleasantville)

“Driven by dedication and the sense of a higher purpose” —Robina C. Schepp, Vice President for Enrollment and Placement

how the faculty see their teaching, research, and the University as a whole. He understands that each of us ‘stands where you sit,’ but was able to reach across that divide to create solutions that worked

for almost everyone. For me, it was a master class in professional interpersonal skills.”

—Nancy Reagin, PhD Professor and Chair, Women’s and Gender Studies, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Chair of the New York Faculty Council

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“Steve Friedman confirmed my 40 years of academic endeavors in building Pace’s environmental legal studies with a

In a few words...

partnership which bonded the success of these years with the Law School’s 2016 endowment from the Haub Family. My

“Vision and integrity” —Kim DeBeaumont, University Curator

capstone work at Pace advanced because of Steve’s personal integrity and empathetic collaboration. But everyone’s work at Pace benefited in ways comparable to my own. Quietly, behind the scenes, Steve restructured the University’s finances and governance, adapting us for the demands of this new century. Steve’s loyalty was to everybody at Pace, not any one person.

“Infectious sense of purpose” —Robert C. Almon, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration and CFO

“Intelligent, personable, and a storyteller” —Marijo Russell-O’Grady, PhD, Associate Vice President and Dean for Students (New York City)

Beyond sustaining the vision of Pace and

”“ “ ” Mortola, Steve’s work impacted the lives of each of us at Pace University.”

—Nicholas A. Robinson University Professor on the Environment, Elisabeth Haub School of Law

“Steve Friedman is the primary reason I joined the Pace Board. He is a person of high moral principle who is entirely dedicated to Pace’s special mission. He has brought to the Pace Presidency a rare combination of skills accumulated over a lifetime of

“Being asked by Steve and then serving

service in the law, in government, and in academia.

as Interim Provost had a profound

He sees opportunities and challenges clearly and

impact on me. Knowing that the

responds to them with both intellect and heart.

President had confidence in me to do

Brilliant, thoughtful, modest, and kind—Steve

the job was important and knowing that

has the confidence and judgment to surround

Steve respected my judgment meant a

himself with an exceptional administrative team.

great deal.”

His leadership has advanced Pace along a strong

—Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN Dean, College of Health Professions


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upward trajectory and I have been honored to serve with him as a Trustee.” —Susan S. Wallach Board of Trustees

In Their Own Words

“Steve co-taught an introductory business law course with me at our NYC Campus; he prepared and used illustrative changeable slides for his presentations and engaged the students in dialogue. A few weeks into the semester, Steve exhibited samurai-like flexibility and intelligence by adjusting his class format to include assigned case presentations and discussions by the

“During the spring 2013 semester, President Stephen J. Friedman gave a guest presentation about the stock market and the banking system to my history class. President Friedman and my students had a spirited discussion about the regulation of the stock market and the banks, both during the Great Depression and in today’s economy. Over the years, I have appreciated President Friedman’s

students themselves. The large lecture hall

accessibility, approachability, and genuine

class exploded with student observations

concern for the students and other members of

and inquiries! The experience—for Steve, the students, and me—was a delight. A community of scholars appeared.”

—Richard Kraus, PhD Retired Professor, Legal Studies and Taxation, Lubin School of Business

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our University community.”

—Durahn Taylor, PhD Assistant Professor, Economics, History, and Political Science, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

“Steve Friedman, after establishing the Law School as a leading national environmental center, has rebuilt and expanded the University’s facilities and programs both in New York and Westchester. The University now has a premier reputation in film, business, the environment, and other specialties. In Westchester, Steve has opened the University’s doors to firstgeneration students by offering generous transfer scholarships to

graduates of Westchester Community College. Steve has transformed Pace into a major university.”

—David A. Swope Jr. President’s Legacy Committee

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The Year in Leadership

A Day Tue Give Thanks


ace University surpassed its 2016 #GivingTuesday goal, raising more than $126,000, a remarkable achievement that displays the immense strength and generosity of

the Pace Community. With the support of more than 425 alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents, and friends, Pace set a new record for #GivingTuesday! For a second year, the Board of Trustees matched all gifts made as part of the #GivingTuesday efforts, meaning more than $252,000 was raised in support of Pace students.

Dean David Yassky, President Stephen J. Friedman, Liliane and Christian W.E. Haub, and Professor Nicholas A. Robinson at the Community Celebration and Reception for the Haub Family.

Introducing the Elisabeth Haub School of Law

This is my


Paula Castelblanco Finance and Management

As general manager of Pace Mart—one of the three student-run businesses coordinated by the Center for Student Enterprise—Paula Castelblanco ’17 recognized a need for a delivery business on campus to make getting food easier for students. Taking her first-place idea from a student competition, she cofounded Pace Delivers, which will provide students with a convenient way to order delivery from restaurants in the Pleasantville area.

“I am looking forward to seeing Pace Delivers succeed as a business, but also to give students the opportunity for real life experience.”


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In May, Pace University announced the renaming of its law school to the Elisabeth Haub School of Law, in recognition of its long-standing partnership with the family of the late environmental advocate and philanthropist Elisabeth Haub, and a generous donation from the Haub family. The gift, the largest in Pace history, will establish an endowment for the Law School, strengthen the school’s renowned environmental law program, and fund innovative teaching initiatives.

“Pace University is thrilled to deepen and broaden its partnership with the Haub family, bolster our environmental curriculum, and continue leading the progress of environmental law and regulation,” said Pace President Stephen J. Friedman. “An extraordinary gift of this kind occurs when donors and institutions come together in support of a shared vision. We are deeply grateful to the Haub family and look forward to building on Elisabeth Haub’s admirable legacy at Pace University.”

“We are enormously grateful to the Haub family for their support of the Law School and our approach to legal education.” —David Yassky, Dean, Elisabeth Haub School of Law

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Ava Posner

On September 30, Pace University opened the first-ever Design Factory Global Network (DFGN) institute in New York City, only the second DFGN hub in the US and the eleventh in the world. “Innovative thinking, creative problem-solving, and entrepreneurial skills are what the Design Factory focuses on developing,” says Jonathan H. Hill, DPS, dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. “Its unique mix of academic theory, hands-on applied work, and realworld corporate sponsors perfectly complements the technology industry workplace our students will graduate into.” This innovative collaboration connects Pace students with companies all over the world to provide creative solutions to real, design-based problems through project-based learning with organizations like Nokia, Porsche, Infineon, and others.


Information Technology

From the Seidenberg classroom and creative labs to Austria and Finland, Ava Posner ’18 is working to crack the code—and the glass ceiling—for women in technology. Inspired by classmates and mentors and through a unique partnership with the Aalto Design Factory, Posner and a team of students will present their Product Development Project—a 3D scanning project for the startup NOMO 3D—in May 2017 at the Product Design Gala in Helsinki.

“Through the Pace Path journey, I have had many mentors, alumni, and professors guide me in the right direction. Without it, the major impact each person has had on me wouldn’t exist and I wouldn’t be the person I am today.”

The Business of Beverages


any businesses in the growing ‘farm to table’ economy start out in someone’s kitchen, backyard, or even roof garden,” said David Yassky, dean of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. “When these businesses grow, new legal issues emerge and often these entrepreneurs can’t afford the legal help they need. Our Clinic will fill that gap. We are enormously grateful to our alumnus, Rob Sands, for his support and vision for this project.” This past June, a $400,000 grant from Constellation Brands and its CEO and President Rob Sands ’84 sponsored a two-year pilot of a new Food and Beverage Law Clinic that will provide transactional legal services to farmers, community and grassroots groups, and mission-oriented food and beverage entrepreneurs. The Clinic is part of a broader collaboration between the Law School and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

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Zelig Williams

A FOCUS ON RESEARCH Pace’s commitment to research

Commercial Dance

is the lifeblood of its academic

For Zelig Williams ’18, his Pace Path led

spirit. In 2016, Pace was awarded

right to Broadway. Through a professor’s

$9,589,872 in grants—including

connection to a choreographer, Williams

$100,000 grants to the Pace

auditioned for and landed a role in the

Women’s Justice Center and Latino U College Access,

Tony, Grammy, and Pulitzer Prize-

and continued National Science Foundation funding

winning hit musical, Hamilton. Balancing his coursework and his role as Man-Four in the ensemble, Williams is definitely “not throwing away his shot.”

“Pace has made me the dancer I am right now.”

for the “Curriculum and Community Enterprise for the Restoration of New York Harbor in New York City Public Schools,” which uses STEM education and community engagement to revitalize New York City’s natural environment.

A Voice in Environmental Advocacy


yson College’s Environmental Policy Clinic made a remarkable impact this year. In December, the clinic’s study found that the US Coast Guard circumvented its own procedures to the benefit of the shipping industry when the agency launched a proposal to create 43 anchorages for oil barges on the Hudson River. In a letter to Commandant Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, the Environmental Policy Clinic urged that he withdraw the proposal and begin the proper public process. Students from the Clinic appeared at a press conference with New York State Senators Terrence Murphy, Sue Serino, and David Carlucci, and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. “How amazing is it that it took students from Pace University to shame and embarrass and expose the federal government on a situation like this?” said Astorino. Last May, The New York Times Editorial Board cited the Clinic for its work writing and lobbying the Elephant Protection Act, which passed unanimously in the New York State Senate. Team-taught by Pace Academy professors John Cronin and Michelle Land, JD, the Clinic is training the next generation of environmental policy and advocacy leaders. “At Dyson College we put a premium on the ability of our students to focus on information-based solutions, and learn professional skills by entering the public fray. The work of our students is a prime example of what we call the Dyson Advantage of the Pace Path, which provides students the opportunity to apply classroom theory directly to real-world experience,” says Cronin.


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Pace students and officials call for the Coast Guard to scrap its anchorage proposal for the Hudson. L to R: Peggy Doyle, Micah Steele, Rowan Lanning, Pavan Naidu, Christina Thomas, Senator Terrence Murphy, Nadya Hall, Senator Sue Serino, Senator Frank Carlucci, Professor John Cronin (hidden), Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Professor Michelle Land (hidden), and Alexandra DeRosa.

The Year in Leadership


From A-list stars to C-Suite execs, these are just some of the people who came to Pace this year.

2016 was a star-studded year for Inside the Actors Studio. After winning a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Reality Show Host, James Lipton sat down with Golden Globe Award-winning actress Jessica Chastain, Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr., former Law & Order: SVU star Christopher Meloni, and the cast of HBO’s Girls on Pace’s NYC Campus.

Founder and CEO of FUBU Daymond John gave an inspiring talk on February 3 about how he went from Red Lobster waiter to Shark Tank investor.

President Friedman sat down with New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña ’88 on March 16 for an important discussion on the changing state of public education and what it’s like to run the NYC public school system, which if it was a city, would be the tenth largest in the US.


No stranger to Pace University, Ellen Burstyn, co-president of The Actors Studio, celebrated the Actors Studio Drama School’s graduating actors, playwrights, and directors at the annual Repertory Season in May.

Inventor, entrepreneur, and Pace alumna Joy Mangano ’78 returned to her Pace roots as an honorary degree recipient at Commencement on May 19, challenging the Class of 2016: “Don’t ask what you want to do for the rest of your life; ask yourself ‘what do I want to do first?’”


Former Inspector General and Senior Counsel at the National Security Agency Joel F. Brenner and President Friedman discussed cyberattacks and vulnerabilities, and the security of federal government and state communications on October 28.

College Football Hall of Famer and NFL veteran Don McPherson tackled crucial topics like gender inequality, misogyny, alcohol and substance abuse, bullying, and sexual and domestic violence during an evening with studentathletes and other members of the Pace student body on October 10. Dozens of top media executives spent the day at Pace on October 21 networking and sharing advice with college students as part of the One Day Immersion in TV, Cable, and Digital Entertainment. Among the speakers was industry powerhouse Richard Plepler, chairman and CEO of HBO.

Author and activist Cornel West spoke to a packed Schimmel Center on October 13 about the future of race in America.

Robert Wankel, president and co-CEO of the Shubert Organization, which owns and operates 17 Broadway theaters and six off-Broadway venues, offered up business advice to students as part of Lubin’s Executive in Residence program on October 31.


Homecoming weekend kicked off with the queen of party anthems, Billboard chart topper Kesha, who headlined the Homecoming concert on October 27 for Pace students and alumni.

Record producer, composer, songwriter, and performer Rob Mathes, who’s worked with music icons such as Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé, and Pavarotti, performed a holiday concert at Pace with a special performance by Sting, on December 18.

Credits:–Chastain: Helga Esteb; Gooding: Tinseltown; Meloni: Jaguar PS; Williams: DFree; Dunham: DFree; John: Leonard Zhukovsky; Burstyn: Helga Esteb; Mangano: Helga Esteb; Kesha: Tinseltown; Noah: Sam Aronov; Sting: Krista Kennell; West: a katz

Pace’s Black Student Union brought civil rights activist and New York Daily News writer Shaun King and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah to campus on December 1 for an event centered around social justice.

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The Year in Leadership This is my


Taslim Tavarez

Political Science Taslim Tavarez ’18, who came to the US from the Dominican Republic when she was nine, is working tirelessly toward her goal of becoming an immigration attorney to help undocumented high school students—like she once was—navigate how they can go to college. Through prestigious awards like the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which took her to Bolivia to conduct research and make a film about femicide, and the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, which gave her hands-on experience through internships at the Institute of International Education, 100 Resilient Cities, and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, Tavarez is on her path to success.

“I want to be remembered as a change agent—someone who is able to create change not only on campus, but also within the community.”

Provost Returns to the Classroom


ace University Provost Uday Sukhatme, ScD, will not seek reappointment after his term ends on on June 30, 2017. “Provost Sukhatme has made major contributions to Pace in raising the level of new faculty hires in the course of guiding a major renewal of the faculty, supporting new and growing programs by both reallocating existing faculty lines and adding new full-time faculty lines, and increasing the level and importance of faculty scholarship, which is an essential step in raising the academic reputation of Pace,” said President Friedman. A distinguished physicist, Sukhatme will bring his passion for research and teaching back into the classroom as a professor of physics.

Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Studies students raised their lanterns—and $19,547—at the 2016 Light the Night event, setting their all-time high for charitable giving. “It’s an incredible accomplishment,” said Professor Kate Kunstel, who coordinated the partnership between Pace and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. “It’s something to be very proud of, and a wonderful representation of what our program and our students are all about.”


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The Year in Leadership

A WINNING TRADITION 2016 was a great year for Pace Athletics, both on and off the field. In the spring, softball swung their way to their firstever NE-10 title, baseball fielded their second straight NE10 title, and women’s lacrosse netted their first-ever ECAC championship. In the fall, the women’s volleyball team spiked their way to the NE-10 semis, and the basketball program hosted their first—and highly successful—LGBTQ Pride Hoops Night, which honored Pace alumnus, LGBTQ activist, and basketball coach Anthony Nicodemo ’05. Pace Athletics was also recognized for its success in the classroom, with 72% of student-athletes on the Northeast-10 Conference Fall 2016 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, a record-breaking number for Pace.

The School of Education celebrated its 50th anniversary with a gathering of past and present deans. Pictured: Frederick Bunt, EdD; David Avdul, EdD; Jan McDonald, PhD; Harriet Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN; Andrea (Penny) Spencer, PhD; and Xiao-lei Wang, PhD.

Pace at the UN Pace’s Model United Nations team had a banner year, taking home an impressive 14 awards, the second most in the country, at the 2016 National Model UN Conference held in Washington, DC. The Pace Community also experienced great success at the real United Nations, where Dyson Assistant Professor Emily Bent, PhD, and student Rachel Salcedo ’17 addressed the UN General Assembly regarding disarmament and education. In her statement Salcedo said, “education can help empower the greater participation of youth, women, survivors of violence, and people from the Global South in peace and security policymaking.”

This is my


Elliana Gianacopoulos Biology

A recipient of the Provost Undergraduate Research Grant, Elliana Gianacopoulos ’18 is conducting cutting-edge research on Mycobacterium bovis (BCG)—the current vaccine for Mycobacterium tuberculosis— alongside Professor and Assistant Chair of

Open for Business The Pace University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) celebrated 30 years of helping small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs launch or grow their business. Since 1986, the Center’s experienced and NYScertified business advisers have worked directly with nearly 16,000 small businesses, helping them to invest more than $166 million in the area’s economy, and create or save nearly 7,000 jobs.

Biology Marcy Kelly, PhD. With dedicated mentorship from Kelly, Gianacopoulos won first place at the end of year showcase in 2016 with a $2,000 scholarship to present their work at a national conference.

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Pace in the News



Media Highlights

#2 in the nation for upward mobility —The Equality of Opportunity Project Top 11% for ROI out of 1,223 colleges

ABC News

News 12


Accounting Today


#11 best online bachelor’s program

Associated Press

New York Law Journal

—U.S. News & World Report


New York Post

Top 50 Best for Vets College



CBS News


#3 environmental law program

CFO Magazine



San Francisco Chronicle

—Military Times

—U.S. News & World Report

Top 6% for best graduate schools —

The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University and Pace School of Performing Arts ranked among the top 25 graduate and undergraduate drama schools —Hollywood Reporter

Top 9% based on future salary potential —

Top 8% for best schools by salary potential for business majors —

One of only 16% of US colleges, universities, and trade schools selected as a Military Friendly School —G.I. Jobs magazine

#3 MBA in Taxation

Crain’s New York Business


Daily Mail

The Christian Science Monitor

Daily News Discover E-Commerce Times Education Week Entrepreneur

The Huffington Post

Financial Times

The New York Times


The Scientist


The Wall Street Journal

Houston Chronicle

#14 best online graduate computer information technology program —U.S. News & World Report

#11 best online graduate criminal justice program —U.S. News & World Report

#3 best school for public interest law —preLaw Magazine

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The Hill’s “Congress” blog

Fast Company

#9 MS in Accounting

—The Princeton Review

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Hollywood Reporter

—TaxTalent Educational Survey Series

One of the Best Colleges in the Northeast

The Atlantic


Fox Broadcasting Company




Inside Higher Ed

The Washington Post U.S. News & World Report

International Business Times

USA Today

La Opinión


Law 360


Los Angeles Times MarketWatch

Westchester County Business Journal

Miami Herald


Vanity Fair

Leadership Announcement

President Stephen J. Friedman congratulates his successor Marvin Krislov.

Announcing Pace University’s Eighth President Marvin Krislov


arvin Krislov, president of Oberlin College since 2007, has been unanimously elected the eighth president of

Pace University. Krislov will take office on August 1, 2017. “I am honored to be chosen to lead Pace University during this exciting period of growth and revitalization as the University advances its position as one of the nation’s foremost institutions in fostering the leaders of tomorrow. Pace’s commitment to access and pathways to success for students inspires me. I look forward to joining a community of scholars and leaders who are dedicated to academic excellence and who have such a powerful impact on so many lives,” said Krislov. You can learn more about President-elect Krislov by visiting

Photo: Drew Levin

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Pace University Leadership Board of Trustees Photeine Anagnostopoulos

Former Deputy Chancellor New York City Department of Education

Mark M. Besca ’81

Cynthia Greer Goldstein ’77, ’81

Jack L. Salzman ’68

Barry M. Gosin

Ivan G. Seidenberg ’81

Tax Attorney, CPA Law Offices of Cynthia Greer Goldstein Chief Executive Officer Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Chairman, Pace University Board of Trustees NYC Office Managing Partner Ernst & Young, LLP

Bridget-Anne Hampden ’79

Philip F. Bleser ’84, ’94

Liliane A. Haub

Former Global Chairman of Corporate Banking and Global Head of Multinational Corporate Subsidiary Coverage J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

John C. Byrne, PhD

Professor, Management and Management Science Lubin School of Business Pace University

Christopher A. Edwards ’95

Assistant Attorney General Financial Affairs Practice Group NJ Department of Law and Public Safety Division of Law

Stephen J. Friedman President Pace University

Nancy A. Garvey, PhD Retired Controller AlliedSignal

John A. Gerson ’69

Chief Financial Officer Paladin Realty Partners, LLC

President and Chief Executive Officer JHR and Associates, LLC

James E. Healey ’64

Retired, Chief Financial Officer Nabisco, Inc.

Senior Managing Partner Kings Point Capital Management, LLC Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Verizon Communications, Inc. Advisory Partner, Perella Weinberg Partners

Marie J. Toulantis ’81 Susan S. Wallach

Retired Special Counsel Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Richard F. Zannino ’84

Joseph R. Ianniello ’90

Managing Director CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC

Edward F. Murphy ’74

Trustees Emeriti

Chief Operating Officer CBS Corporation

Retired Executive Vice President Federal Reserve Bank of New York

John T. O’Connor, Esq. ’86 Partner Hunton & Williams LLP

David J. Pecker ’72

Aniello A. Bianco ’61 Chairman Emeritus Pace University

Donald L. Boudreau ’70 C. Gerald Goldsmith

Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer American Media, Inc.

Alfred R. Goldstein

Thomas J. Quinlan III ’85

Ian McDougall ’54

Jack J. Ribeiro ’78

Henry G. Miller, Esq.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer LCS Communications Retired Global Managing Partner Financial Services Industry Deloitte LLP

Charles F. Jacey Jr. ’57 Retired Vice Chairman and CFO INCO Limited Senior Member Clark, Gagliardi, and Miller, PC

Edward J. Noha ’51

Chairman Emeritus CNA Financial Corporation

Michael O’Reilly ’71

Retired Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer The Chubb Corporation

Carl H. Pforzheimer III

Chairman Emeritus and Managing Partner Carl H. Pforzheimer & Co., LLC

Hal J. Upbin ’61

Chairman Emeritus Kellwood Company

Charles J. Urstadt

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Urstadt Biddle Properties, Inc.

J. Fred Weintz Jr.

BCRS Associates, LLC

Ivor A. Whitson ’68

Chairman and CEO The Whitson Group, Inc.


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Pace University Leadership Senior Administration Stephen J. Friedman President

Robert C. Almon

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Henry Baker

Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management

Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, PhD

Associate Vice President and Dean for Students (Westchester)

Neil S. Braun

Dean, Lubin School of Business

Stephen Brodsky University Counsel

Dominick Bumbaco

Assistant Vice President for Academic Finance

Joseph Capparelli

Associate Vice President for Finance/ Controller

Elizabeth Garti

Dawn Rigney

James Curry

Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Angela M. D’Agostino, JD

Cindy Heilberger

Marijo Russell-O’Grady, PhD

Assistant Vice President for OSA Dean for Students and Campus Affairs (Elisabeth Haub School of Law)

Chief of Staff and Corporate Secretary

Paul Dampier

Dean of Admissions

Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Nancy DeRiggi

Assistant Vice President, Office of Planning, Assessment, and Research (OPAIR)

Sally Dickerson, PhD

Associate Provost for Sponsored Research

Susan Dinan, PhD

Dean, Pforzheimer Honors College

Christopher Elarde

Assistant Vice President for Information Technology Services

Todd E. Heilman Vanessa Herman

Assistant Vice President, Government and Community Relations

Nira Herrmann, PhD

Dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Jonathan H. Hill, DPS

Dean, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems

Angelica Ferreira

Arletha Miles

Susan L. Maxam, PhD

Assistant Vice President for Budget and Planning

Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator

Leila Franchi

Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Christine Shakespeare, PhD

Assistant Vice President for Continuing and Professional Education

Barry Stinson, PhD

Assistant Vice President for International Programs and Services

Uday Sukhatme, ScD Nicole Thompson

Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Education, Division of Student Success

Jean Gallagher

Vice President for Enrollment and Placement

Robert G.M. Keating

Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN

Assistant Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Robina C. Schepp

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Brian Evans, EdD

Dean, College of Health Professions

Associate Vice President and Dean for Students (New York City)

Assistant Vice President, Cultural Affairs

Martin Kagan

Senior Advisor to the President

Assistant Provost for Experiential Learning

Assistant Vice President for Alumni and Parent Relations

Matt Renna

Nina Restuccia

Interim Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

Associate Vice President for Administrative Operations and Technology

Frederica N. Wald

Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for University Relations

Xiao-lei Wang, PhD

Acting Dean, School of Education

Adelia Williams, PhD

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Associate Vice President for Pleasantville

David S. Yassky, JD

Dean, Elisabeth Haub School of Law

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“My time at Pace as Dean of the Law School and President has been the most challenging and rewarding period of a long and varied professional life. As I reflect on the reasons for that conclusion, they come down, as do all important decisions here, to our students and our mission—to the truly magical transformation in the still unformed young men and women who enter our doors...It has been a privilege to be part of their lives and the life of Pace University.” —President Stephen J. Friedman

Leadership Report 2017 – Legacy Issue  
Leadership Report 2017 – Legacy Issue