Fall 2018

Setter Support

Athletes are only as strong as the teams that stand alongside them. And there’s a brand new team in town, ready to make the Pace Setters soar to new heights: The Pace Athletics Alumni Board. Created to serve as a leadership group for the Setters Club, the inaugural Pace Athletics Alumni Board is composed of alumni and parents committed to enhancing the experience of nearly 500 varsity athletes and helping them excel in the classroom, in competition, and in the community. The group will partner...
Michael Bohlander, Jackie Burd, Jody Hill, Robert Kranz, and Dan Mulholland at the 17th annual Hall of Fame ceremony

Claim to Fame

Pace Athletics celebrated another class of sports superstars at its 17th annual Hall of Fame ceremony. The class of 2018 inductees were Michael Bohlander ’02 (Baseball), Jackie Burd ’05 (Softball), Jody Hill ’94 (Women’s Basketball), Robert Kranz ’68 (Men’s Basketball), and Dan Mulholland (Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach 1983–1999, Men’s Lacrosse Volunteer Assistant Coach 2014–present, and Assistant Football Coach 1984–1993). Additionally, the 1999 Men’s Lacrosse team—led by Mulholland—was honored as...
Digital illustration of a New York City street

The Drive

It’s not where they started, it’s how they got to where they are. A bank teller who climbed the corporate ladder to CEO. • A journalist who became the first woman to serve as editor and publisher of the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the country and now New York State Secretary of State. • A struggling mom whose inventions like the Miracle Mop soaked up more than $3 billion in sales. • An immigrant from Guyana who shattered glass ceilings to lead information security at one of the... These inspiring people all have something in common. It’s not just that they are Pace Setters, but it’s something that Pace Setters are: driven. Whether you call it ambition, perseverance, motivation, determination, or what fellow alumnus and Acting CEO of CBS Joseph R. Ianniello ’90 refers to as “fire in the belly,” it’s the appetite we have and the way we strive for success. It’s the reason that Mark M. Besca ’81, a partner at EY and chairman of the Pace Board of Trustees, has said he’ll...
Pair of Army boots

Armed With Compassion

EVERY VETERAN’S DAY, we honor the brave men and women who have put their lives on the line and served our country, including the thousands who have walked through Pace’s doors to make a difference in their lives— and, in turn, ours. Meet three veterans who returned home from the battlefield, ready to take on another critical mission: supporting their military brothers and sisters. LIKE MANY TEENAGERS wrestling with the challenges of growing up, Steven Michael Hardy ’12 felt lost. He was bouncing around between part-time jobs, not ready to go to college, when his mom gave him an ultimatum: college or service. Hardy enrolled in the US Air Force, where he worked as a special agent for the US Air Force Office of Special Investigations, focusing on criminal and counterintelligence. He was stationed mainly overseas for 14 years. When Hardy returned home after combat in...

Class Notes - Fall 2018

Dear fellow Pace Setters, I’m Gary Laermer ’80, vice president for development and alumni relations at Pace, and it’s my pleasure to share with you some of the exciting things our alumni have been up to since the last issue of Pace Magazine. Taking on this job has been a homecoming of sorts for me, since I am a Pace alumnus myself, Class of 1980. Pace has changed quite a bit since then—there are so many great new majors and programs; new residence halls for students; and the University has...
Phil Bleser, Pace University ’81, ’84, ’94

Donor Profile: Phil Bleser ’81, ’84, ’94

By Robert Schurz ’18 Phil Bleser ’81, ’84, ’94 is a Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Company and a Director of both the Progressive Corporation and Francesca’s Holdings Corp. He is a highly experienced corporate banking executive, having worked for J.P. Morgan for 42 years. At J.P. Morgan, Bleser was Head of Corporate Banking in North America, providing traditional relationship banking services to large corporations, financial institutions, and global multinationals around the world. A Pace University Trustee since...

Spring 2018

Illustration of Joseph R. Ficalora, Robert S. Sands, Shaun E. Smith, JD, ’96, ’02

In Trust

By Staff Pace welcomes three new members—all Pace alumni —to the Board of Trustees.  Joseph R. Ficalora ’78, ’79 joined New York Community Bancorp as a teller at the age of 18 and has been with the bank ever since. In 1993, he was named President and CEO. Ficalora is a Vietnam veteran, having served for three years in the 1960s. Robert S. Sands, JD, ’84 is the Chief Executive Officer of Constellation Brands, Inc., a beer, wine, and spirits producer and marketer which was founded by his father in 1945....
Pace students and teachers at Lubin’s Executive in Residence program

Executive in Residence

CFO of leading global investment firm KKR William Janetschek ’93 (pictured at left) and Fran Hauser ’90, angel investor, women’s advocate, former President of Digital at Time Inc., and author of The Myth of the Nice Girl, shared wisdom and guidance with Pace students as part of Lubin’s Executive in Residence program, which has brought business leaders from the boardroom to the classroom for the last 30 years.


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