Affiliated Centers and Partnerships

The MPA program partners with multiple academic and research institutions to provide students with executive training, access to key industry conferences, internships, and other valuable learning and networking opportunities.

Community Partnerships

Westchester County

Westchester County, home of the Department of Public Administration and the Michaelian Institute, provides all County and local government employees with the opportunity to apply for a Michaelian Scholarship for Pace’s MPA program as well as graduate programs in business, computer science, and nursing. Each academic year, the Westchester County Department of Social Services selects qualified employees to receive a full scholarship for the MPA program.


The Public Administration department at Pace University maintains affiliations with the some of the best organizations in the field, which translates into a deeper and richer experience for our students.

  • The Public Administration Department is a member of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The Department and its affiliate, the Michaelian Institute of Public Policy and Research, are also affiliated with the New York State and Westchester Municipal Managers Associations, the New York State Government Finance Officers Association, the Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). The department serves as a secretariat for two of these organizations, and the organizations provide scholarships, opportunities for internships, job contacts, and other resources helpful to MPA students.
  • The Public Administration Department maintains a chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for the field of public affairs and administration.
  • National Honor Society - Pace University’s MPA Program is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society formed to recognize and promote excellence in the study and practice of public affairs and administration.
  • The Public Administration Department maintains a Student Chapter of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).  The purpose of the ICMA Student Chapter is to provide inspiration, education and integrate students into the local government management profession.  A primary goal in forming this chapter is to help Pace University's future public leaders gain access to influential local leaders.
    Coming Soon! Student Officers 2018-2019  Elections will be held in September 2018. 
    Contact Chapter Advisor Dr. Andy Crosby at for information!

The Center for Health Care Policy, Education, and Research

The Center for Health Care Policy, Education and Research was founded in 1996 by the program in Public Administration in order to advance health care policy education and research activities at Pace University, and to provide assistance to the health care field in the Hudson Valley and the Greater New York area in meeting the needs of their communities.

The activities of the Center are broad and varied, including essentially all efforts of the health care section of the MPA program which go beyond the program’s specific academic pursuits. These activities include:

  • Educational conferences offered to professionals in the field, and community members as well, on a regular basis. The conferences have attracted as many as 200 attendees, with an average attendance of about 75. The programs are co-sponsored with leading health care groups in the area and feature highly regarded experts as speakers on topical issues. The conferences provide good networking opportunities for attendees, including students.
  • A NYS training grant for the retraining of health care workers in the Hudson Valley in partnership with the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association and Pace’s Lienhard School of Nursing. Through this multi-million dollar effort, more than 15,000 health care workers have been retrained thus far through a consortium effort involving over 60 health care providers and 25 educational institutions. Pace University acts as the coordinator for the education institutions throughout the Hudson Valley.
  • Internship locations in health care and related institutions have been received for students desiring semester-long onsite experience to supplement their classroom work. At this point, 15 different locations have participated, including facilities in Westchester County, Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn.
  • An Advisory Board, comprised of leaders in the health care field representing both Westchester County and New York City, meets with the leadership of Dyson College and the Program on a regular basis regarding the health care management program, including curriculum review and discussion of program issues.
  • The Center provides facilitators and consulting services for the Physician Assistant Program, which is a joint effort with Lenox Hill Hospital. These efforts helped the program earn its recent national accreditation.
  • The Center has cooperated in joint efforts with not only the School of Nursing, but also the Schools of Law, Business and Computer Science of Pace University. Recent efforts involve the planning for non-credit learning/ training programs for health care professionals at the Graduate Center in White Plains or on site at certain health care provider locations.

Advisory Board

The MPA Program is supported by an advisory panel of health care executives, which meets twice a year to review program activities.

Current Members


  • Jon Schandler, President & CEO, White Plains Hospital Center


  • Neil Abitabilo, President, Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association
  • Cheryl Archbald, MD, Acting Commissioner, Westchester County Department of Health
  • Gary Brudnicki, Senior Executive Vice President, Westchester Medical Center
  • Robert B. Conaty, Executive VP/Operations, Montefiore Medical Center
  • James Davis, President & CEO, Amsterdam Nursing Home Corporation
  • Brian Foy, Executive Director, Westchester county Medical Society
  • David H. Freed, President & CEO, Nyack Hospital
  • Regina M. Kelly, Chief Planning Officer, Blythedale Children's Hospital
  • Douglas O. Landy, Executive VP/COO, Sound Shore Medical Center
  • John Mastronardi, Assistant Administrator, Aging in America
  • Joseph S. Orlando, President/CEO, Bergen Regional Medical Center
  • Lee H. Perlman, Executive Vice President, Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Greater NY Hospital Association
  • William T. Smith, Ph.D., President/CEO, Aging in America
  • Bernard M. Weinstein, Past Director, Center for Health Care Policy, Education and Research, Pace University 

Director of Human Resources

  • Michael Pagliaro, White Plains Hospital Center

Social Entrepreneurship Enrichment Series

In partnership with Pace University’s Helen and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the Edwin G. Michaelian Institute for Public Policy & Management, the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, and the Lubin School of Business, students are offered an additional array of unique learning experiences and opportunities. These opportunities are open to all certificate and matriculated students.

For students in the Social Entrepreneurship subspecialization in the Not-For-Profit Management Graduate Certificate Program, involvement in one of the following experiences is mandatory. Moreover, reflections of any of the above enrichment experiences are strongly suggested for inclusion in the culminating reflective portfolio submitted at the end of the program.

  • Attendance at the Wilson Center Visiting Scholar Lecture Series for every semester that a student is in-residence (lectures are conducted once in both the Fall and Spring semesters);
  • Participation as a contestant in the annual (December) Pace Pitch Contest, a University-wide competition involving the presentation of extremely concise entrepreneurial (social or profit) ideas;
  • Participation as a contestant in the annual Pace Business Plan Competition;
  • Attendance in three not-for-profit management workshops offered through the Pace University-United Way Not-For-Profit Management Training Center;
  • Write and publish an article for the Wilson Center Blog (;
  • Active organization of and participation in a major project of the Pace Association for Collegiate Entrepreneurs (P.A.C.E.), Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) or other student organization involved with social entrepreneurship;
  • Connect with any one the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems of 15 service-learning courses and analyze the impact of technology on a not-for-profit organization.

Students must submit documentation of satisfactory completion of one of the above enrichment experiences to the MPA departmental office to be made part of the student’s file.