Announcements and Statements

A reorganization of leadership for the College of Health Professions

Jodi Staller
January 31, 2024

Dear colleagues,

The College of Health Professions is pleased to announce recent appointments and promotions.

Esma Paljevic, EdD, RN, CPNP, FNYAM, has been appointed Associate Dean of the Lienhard School of Nursing. Esma had been serving in this role as the interim and will continue to advance the academic mission by leading the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral nursing programs within an interprofessional environment. In addition, the associate dean will oversee the University Health Care (UHC) Center, a Pace University nurse practitioner-managed practice. Esma brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role, having demonstrated exceptional leadership during her time as the interim Associate Dean. Her commitment to advancing education, fostering innovation, and promoting excellence in nursing education aligns seamlessly with the goals and values of our institution.

Esma has been a faculty member in the Lienhard School of Nursing since 2012. Throughout her career, she has exhibited a deep passion for nursing education and a strong commitment to the success of our students. Her collaborative approach, coupled with her ability to inspire and motivate, has had a positive impact on both faculty and students alike.

Patricia (Patty) Myers, MSEd, MT (ASCP), CLS, CHSE, has been appointed Assistant Dean of Accreditation and Educational Support. In this role, Patty will oversee Accreditation and Assessment, the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Simulation, the coordination of interprofessional activities, developing a consolidated view of our clinical placements and projected needs, and helping Associate Deans with their enrollment targets. Patty has served as the Director of the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Simulation since 2014 and is well poised to take on these additional responsibilities.

Elizabeth (Liz) Colón, MS, has been appointed Assistant Dean of CHP Recruitment, Retention and Success. This new position will be responsible for developing and implementing retention initiatives, enhancing recruitment to graduate and undergraduate programs, and improving students’ path to graduation including facilitating combined advanced degrees for Health Science majors. In addition, Liz will develop CHP’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and belongingness (DEIB) initiatives and help programs as they address DEIB requirements of individual accreditors. Liz started at Pace in 2014 in academic advising. This experience, combined with her most recent role as Director of Undergraduate Recruitment, Retention, and Student Success provides a strong background for her new assignment.

I am particularly pleased that we were able to fill these opportunities from within CHP and Pace. The CHP team looks forward to advancing our mission in health professions education. We hope you join us supporting our new leaders.

Warm regards,

Marcus C. Tye, PhD [he/him]

Dean, College of Health Professions