Dean’s Message: Seeking a Deeper Meaning
A Time of Transition
I am excited and pleased to share with you that on August 1, Pace University will be welcoming its eighth president, Marvin Krislov. We are enthusiastically looking forward to working with him to continue to build upon the strengths of the university, and provide a growing number of students with the opportunity to realize their dreams through a high quality education at Pace. You can learn more about Mr. Krislov here.
In addition, I am pleased to tell you that I have the honor of serving as interim provost during the transition period. Pace University has formed a Provost search committee of faculty and senior administrators and will be launching the search for a permanent provost in the fall.
During the transition period, I am happy to announce that Dyson College’s Senior Associate Dean Richard Schlesinger will serve as acting dean of the College. Rich came to Pace as chair of the Biology departments on both campuses in 2002, and has served as associate dean and then senior associate dean for 11 years. He is very familiar with Dyson College and been integral to many of our achievements and key initiatives. Rich will keep the College moving on its current successful trajectory during this transitional period. I will continue to confer with him, as well as all the other deans at Pace University, as interim provost.
Best wishes for a wonderful summer.
Nira Herrmann, PhD
Interim Provost, Pace University
Seeking a Deeper Meaning
As Dean Herrmann has indicated, this is an exciting time for Dyson College and the entire Pace community. I look forward to working with Dr. Herrmann in her new role as interim provost to continue providing students with an outstanding educational experience that enriches their lives and prepares them for success in whatever their pursuits may be.
In the complex world we live in, with so much information and evolving technologies that pervade our personal and professional lives, specializing in one task or skill does not always prepare students to meet all challenges in the workplace. We must train our students to be open and curious, to consider things from multiple perspectives and differing points of view, to pull things apart and seek out true meanings that often are not always apparent. That is where study in the liberal arts is a critical component of the college educational experience.
The liberal arts train students in the skills that enable them to flourish in a complex environment of subjectivity and uncertainty, of competing factors and changing priorities. It is not a black or white, yes or no world in which we live, but a world that is rife with many choices and many potential solutions to problems, where skills such as creativity and critical thinking are not only needed, but in demand in the job market regardless of the specific field.
This issue’s theme is arts and entertainment. In it, you will see interesting ways in which a Dyson professor, who teaches students how to see what is behind a film in order to analyze and understand its deeper meaning; Dyson students, whose photography expresses economic conditions; and a Dyson alumnus, who is successful as an executive producer for MTV and VH1, all demonstrate how a liberal arts education allowed for the development of creative and critical thinking skills, and how those skills have served them in their specific field.
I hope you enjoy this issue of the Dyson Digital Digest. If you have a story you would like to share in future issues, please contact Angela Nally ’99, ’06, assistant dean for Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best wishes for an enjoyable summer and I look forward to working with all of you in the upcoming academic year.
Rich Schlesinger, PhD, Fellow ATS
Acting Dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences