Pace Magazine

Leadership Letter: Fall 2021

October 15, 2021
marvin krislov and rob sands

New York City and Westchester have come back to vibrant life.

Sidewalks are busy, people are out, Broadway and other performances have restarted. We’re all still careful, and we’re all observing health and safety protocols, but in our highly vaccinated region, and on our vaccine-required campuses, things are feeling much more normal.

“New York Forever,” say the banners hanging all around the city. To which we can only respond: Pace Forever.

This year, we enrolled the biggest class of new undergraduates in at least 20 years (and possibly ever). We also enrolled more new graduate students than we have in years (and also possibly ever). And at Haub Law we enrolled more students than we have in 15 years. Our residence halls are full. Our campuses are bustling. It’s exciting to once again have to wait for busy elevators in One Pace Plaza!

We’re marching ahead with our transformation of the New York City Campus, with three floors of brand-new classrooms, including a new home for the Lubin School of Business, now open on the west side of One Pace Plaza. Work is underway for 15 Beekman Street, which will include a new residence hall to replace Maria’s Tower, new community spaces like a dining hall and library, and new learning spaces, including a dedicated home for the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. And we’re developing plans for an expanded new home for Pace Performing Arts.

In Pleasantville, we’re moving ahead with plans for a state-of-the-art new Healthcare Hub serving students in the College of Health Professions. We also renamed the former Wright Cottage in honor of CHP dean emerita Harriet Feldman (who is now our first-ever chief wellness officer).

And we’re starting to implement our new Strategic Plan, Pace Forward. We’re introducing new programs to meet the needs of today’s students and employers, like master’s degrees in health informatics, cybersecurity, and human-centered design and a new badge in human rights advocacy.

Finally, we’re pleased to be embarking on our new leadership partnership together, with Rob in his first semester as chair of Pace’s board of trustees and Marvin reappointed by the board this summer to another five-year term as president.

There’s a lot going on here at Pace. Together with you, we’re honored to be building this strong and successful future.

Let’s go get it,

Marvin Krislov

Rob Sands ’84
Chairman of the
Board of Trustees

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