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Press Release: Pace University Announces New Members to the Board of Trustees

02/26/2020

Press Release: Pace University Announces New Members to the Board of Trustees

Leaders in tech, media, and the nonprofit sector join board

NEW YORK (February 26, 2020) – Pace University’s Board of Trustees announced the election of three new board members. They include Peta-Gay Clarke (Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems)’15 of Google, Michael A. Clinton (Pace’s Lubin School of Business) ’83 of Hearst Magazines, and Eugene M. Tobin, PhD, of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

About the new board members:

Peta-Gay Clarke is a Diversity Manager and the Program lead for Code Next at Google, where she works to improve diversity and inclusion in tech. She joined Google in July 2015 first as a community manager before moving to her current role in September 2018. In addition to her work at Google, Peta serves as an Adjunct Professor at Pace University, teaching courses in the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.  Clarke has been a volunteer with Black Girls CODE (New York Chapter) and the New York City Department of Education where she worked with the city’s mentoring program. Clarke received her master’s from Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science in 2015.

“Peta-Gay earned her master of science at Pace only a few years ago, but she has accomplished great things since her graduation, now working at Google to lead a computer science education program for black and Latinx high schoolers,” said Mark Besca, chairman of Pace’s Board of Trustees. “We’re happy that she wants to give back to Pace and bring her expertise in computer programming, education, and advocacy to our board.”

Clarke said, “When I came to Pace I was a single parent, working full-time looking for a flexible learning environment and Pace offered that and so much more. I found the community at Pace to be supportive and exceptional. I was always presented with growth opportunities and given the agency to explore them. I’m honored and excited to give back in my new role as a member of the Board of Trustees.”

Michael A. Clinton is senior media advisor at Hearst Corporation. He spent 40 years in the publishing industry, serving in leadership roles at Hearst and Conde Nast. Clinton retired from his role as president of marketing and publishing director of Hearst Magazines in December 2019. Prior to this, he was the executive vice president, chief marketing officer, and publishing director of Hearst Magazines, a position he held since October 1997. Clinton is the founder and president of Circle of Generosity, a nonprofit organization that delivers random acts of kindness to individuals and families in need. He earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Pittsburgh, received his master of business administration from Pace’s Lubin School of Business in 1983 and received an honorary doctorate from Pace University.  Clinton is working on another master’s degree from Columbia University in nonprofit management.

“Michael is a proud Pace alumnus, a seasoned media executive, and has long been devoted to serving the University,” said Mark Besca, chairman of Pace’s Board of Trustees. “As he turns his primary focus to philanthropy, including the Circle of Generosity that he founded, we’re pleased that the Pace board will be a recipient of his time and wisdom.”

Clinton said, “As a firm believer in the power of education to transform lives, I’m thrilled to be joining Pace University’s Board of Trustees. My MBA from Pace provided me with an important toolkit that helped propel my career. I look forward to giving back and guiding the institution, because education is a lifelong journey and Pace has so much to offer.”

Eugene M. Tobin, PhD, is a retired senior program officer at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the program for Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities. Prior to his work at the foundation, Tobin spent 23 years at Hamilton College as a faculty member, department chair, dean of faculty, and as president. Tobin serves as a Trustee on the Board of The Swedish Program in Organizational Studies and Public Policy at Stockholm School of Economics. He received his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and his master’s and PhD in the History of American Civilization from Brandeis University.

“Gene’s expertise in guiding higher education institutions is nearly unmatched,” said Mark Besca, chairman of Pace’s Board of Trustees. “He brings a wide range of perspectives to our board, from his work as a scholar, at the Mellon Foundation, and at Hamilton College, where he served as president, and we’re very lucky to be able to benefit from his experience.”

Tobin said, “I am honored to join a thriving university community that embraces access, diversity, and inclusion as the keys to intergenerational mobility. Pace has a distinguished history of expanding opportunity and ensuring financial affordability for generations of traditional and returning students. I look forward to working to assure that Pace has the resources to maintain academic quality, increase educational attainment, shorten time to degree completion, and continue to reduce disparities in outcomes by race and socioeconomic status.”

About Pace University

Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides.

From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains.

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"Patch" featured David Z. Hirsh in "David Z. Hirsh to Join Pace University Board of Trustees"

11/12/2019

"Patch" featured David Z. Hirsh in "David Z. Hirsh to Join Pace University Board of Trustees"

David Z. Hirsh '84, a real estate investor and retired senior executive at Blackstone, has been appointed to Pace University's Board of Trustees. An alumnus, Hirsh strongly believes in Pace's mission of Opportunitas, which emphasizes providing opportunities for all hard-working, ambitious students regardless of their backgrounds.

"David is a tremendous asset to Pace. His real estate expertise is invaluable and comes at a very exciting time for the University," said Mark Besca, chair of the Pace University Board of Trustees. "He brings to the University deep knowledge, decades of experience, and a commitment to the transformative power of higher education."

Hirsh has more than 30 years of experience across all major real estate product types in major U.S. markets. He retired from Blackstone's Real Estate Asset Management Group in 2018, having completed more than $30 billion in transactions during his career. Most recently, Hirsh co-founded a platform for investing in proptech startups. He holds a BBA in accounting from Pace University and an MS in real estate development and investment from New York University.

"My Pace education laid the foundation for my career," Hirsh said. "I'm a strong believer in Pace's mission to help change people's lives by providing the next generation of strivers and doers a college education. I look forward to putting my real estate experience to work building a greater sense of community and campus life at Pace."

In addition to his service to Pace University, Hirsh is involved in many philanthropic efforts, which include fighting thyroid, head and neck cancer and supporting families suffering from Alzheimer's disease. He also is active with New York University's Schack Institute of Real Estate.

Read the Patch article.

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Press Release: Real Estate Investor David Z. Hirsh to Join Pace’s Board of Trustees

11/11/2019

Press Release: Real Estate Investor David Z. Hirsh to Join Pace’s Board of Trustees

David Z. Hirsh ‘84, a real estate investor and retired senior executive at Blackstone, has been appointed to Pace University’s Board of Trustees. An alumnus, Hirsh strongly believes in Pace’s mission of Opportunitas, which emphasizes providing opportunities for all hard-working, ambitious students regardless of their backgrounds.

“David is a tremendous asset to Pace. His real estate expertise is invaluable and comes at a very exciting time for the University,” said Mark Besca, chair of the Pace University Board of Trustees. “He brings to the University deep knowledge, decades of experience, and a commitment to the transformative power of higher education.”

Hirsh has more than 30 years of experience across all major real estate product types in major U.S. markets. He retired from Blackstone’s Real Estate Asset Management Group in 2018, having completed more than $30 billion in transactions during his career. Most recently, Hirsh co-founded a platform for investing in proptech startups. He holds a BBA in accounting from Pace University and an MS in real estate development and investment from New York University.

“My Pace education laid the foundation for my career,” Hirsh said. “I'm a strong believer in Pace's mission to help change people's lives by providing the next generation of strivers and doers a college education. I look forward to putting my real estate experience to work building a greater sense of community and campus life at Pace.”

In addition to his service to Pace University, Hirsh is involved in many philanthropic efforts, which include fighting thyroid, head and neck cancer and supporting families suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He also is active with New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.

About Pace University

Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides. From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace University has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains. Follow us on Twitter or on the Pace News website.

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Press Release: Professor and Environmental Leader E. Melanie DuPuis Elected to Pace University Board of Trustees

09/12/2019

Press Release: Professor and Environmental Leader E. Melanie DuPuis Elected to Pace University Board of Trustees

E. Melanie DuPuis, Ph.D., professor and chair of Environmental Studies and Science in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University, has been appointed to Pace’s Board of Trustees effective immediately. Her first meeting will be in September.

DuPuis is an environmental sociologist who studies politics, governance and social movements around food, environment and sustainability. During her time at Pace DuPuis built a new interdisciplinary bi-campus department with new and existing faculty and staff. She worked with faculty to design new curriculum. Student enrollment has tripled in a four-year period.

She is the author of “Nature’s Perfect Food,” co-author, with David and Michael Goodman, of “Alternative Food Networks” and the editor of “Smoke and Mirrors: The Politics and Culture of Air Pollution.” Her newest book, “Dangerous Digestion,” looks at the history of American dietary advice as a mirror of the political ideas and tensions in American society. She is also the co-editor, with Matthew Garcia and Don Mitchell, of the collection, “Food Across Borders.”

“Melanie’s visionary leadership of Pace's Department of Environmental Studies and Science has led it quickly to prominence and respect,” said Mark Besca, chairman of Pace’s Board of Trustees. “Her experience as a thinker, an educator, a leader, and an academic entrepreneur will bring a strong new perspective to our board.”​

“We are in the middle of an exciting transition,” said DuPuis. “Pace deserves recognition as an educational institution that gives people a well-rounded education as well as access to a great career. I look forward to representing to the Board the perspective of the faculty on both campuses.”

Prior to coming to Pace, DuPuis held academic and administration positions at the University of California, Washington Center, in Washington, D.C. and University of California in Santa Cruz, Calif. DuPuis worked for 10 years with Power Economics as a member of a consulting firm management team that provided economics witnesses in energy and environmental administrative and judicial procedures, including testimony against Enron. She was also an Energy and Environment Policy Analyst for the New York State Department of Economic Development during the 1990s.

DuPuis graduated with honors from Harvard University with a B. A. in Anthropology. She earned her M.A. and her Ph.D. from Cornell University in Development Sociology with a minor in City and Regional Planning.

For a complete list of Pace University’s Board of Trustees, visit the Pace website here.

About Pace University

Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides.

From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains. www.pace.edu

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Press Release: Investment Management Leader Lofton Holder Appointed to Pace University’s Board of Trustees

04/12/2019

Press Release: Investment Management Leader Lofton Holder Appointed to Pace University’s Board of Trustees

Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Pine Street Alternative Asset Management, Lofton Holder, has been appointed to Pace University’s Board of Trustees. His company uses its own performance attribution and risk analysis tools to provide seed and acceleration capital to hedge fund managers who can demonstrate unique investment skills within the hedge fund industry, with a particular focus on women and minority-owned fund managers. 

Holder joins Pace at a time of great momentum for the university. Recent revitalization projects in lower Manhattan and Pleasantville have transformed Pace’s campuses with additional vibrant, living-learning facilities to meet the needs of today’s college students and curriculum. New programs, including a Masters in occupational therapy and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a healthcare focus, the first such program in Manhattan, address changing needs of the area and the workforce. The environmental law program at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace is ranked number one in the country by U.S. News & World Report for 2019. 

“Lofton knows first-hand the impact Pace can have on its students, because his grandfather took accounting and finance courses at what was then Pace College several decades ago,” said Mark Besca,chairman of Pace’s Board of Trustees. “He is excited to help Pace continue its longstanding mission of creating opportunities for our students, and I’m very pleased he’ll share his expertise with our board.”

Holder’s grandfatherwas the son of immigrants. He was an entrepreneur with a business in Lower Manhattan. “My grandfather was a prototypical Pace student whose actions instilled in me the values of the importance of education and the communal benefits of entrepreneurialism, particularly within immigrant communities.”

“There is nothing more important to advancing our society than broad access to quality educational opportunities,” said Holder. “I am very much interested in supporting excellence in education that is focused on not only preparing a truly diverse student body to succeed in an evolving workplace but also facilitating the ethos of students becoming contributing and leading members in their respective communities. Pace’s strong and important tradition of providing a top rate academic experience enhanced by hands-on experience through internships and fieldwork in the greatest city and state in the world makes this institution the ideal place for me to contribute to that mission.”

Prior to Pine Street Alternative Asset Management, Holder worked for Investcorp, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, and Credit Suisse. Holder currently serves as a Trustee for the Edwin Gould Foundation for Children and Maimonides Medical Center.

Holder received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and his masters of business administration from Yale University.  Holder lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  

About Pace University

Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides. 

From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains.

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Press Release: Managing Partner Sameer Mittal to join Pace’s Board of Trustees

04/12/2019

Press Release: Managing Partner Sameer Mittal to join Pace’s Board of Trustees

Founder and managing partner of Principal’s Equity Sameer Mittal has been appointed to Pace University’s Board of Trustees. His company provides advisory services, capital procurement, strategic initiatives, and joint ventures partnerships, with an overall focus to help business growth.

Mittal also currently serves in an executive in residence capacity as president and chief financial officer for Paraflex Industries, Chairman for Come Clean, LLC, and Advisor to PGV Advisors. Before launching Principals Equity, Mittal focused on deal sourcing, structuring and operations management as the co-founder and managing partner of Great Oaks Advisors. He led a wide range of deals including working with a family office to acquire one of the largest craft brewing companies in the United States. 

“Sameer Mittal, who arrived in the United States as an immigrant from India and went on to achieve tremendous success, understands the importance of Pace’s role in educating immigrant and first-generation students,” said Mark Besca, chairman of Pace’s Board of Trustees. “He is committed to the transformative power of an education, and I’m eager to welcome his knowledge and experience to our board.”

Mittal joins Pace at a time of great momentum. Recent revitalization projects in lower Manhattan and Pleasantville have transformed Pace’s campuses with additional vibrant, living-learning facilities to meet the needs of today’s college students and curriculum. New programs, including a Masters in occupational therapy and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a healthcare focus, the first such program in Manhattan, address changing needs of the area and the workforce. The environmental law program at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace is ranked number one in the country by U.S. News & World Report for 2019. 

Mittal is active in the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), where he has been a member since 2010. Mittal has also received a number of honors throughout his career and serves on a number of boards for charitable organizations and businesses. Mittal has also helped raise funds for non-profit, Pratham USA, which provides education to children in Mumbai slums. In 2008, he won an award for Top Manufacturing Firm in the Inc 5000 and in 2009, he received an award for outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business.

Mittal received his bachelor’s and master’s in business administration from the Florida Institute of Technology. 

About Pace University

Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides. 

From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains.

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