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Rob Sands ’84 Appointed Chair of Pace’s Board of Trustees

October 15, 2021
Robert Sands

Rob Sands ’84 knows the value of a Pace education. After receiving his JD from Pace, Sands went on to become the President and CEO of Constellation Brands, a Fortune 500 company with more than 100 brands in its portfolio.

In the coming years, Sands will fortify his strategic and leadership expertise in a new role—as the newly appointed Chair of Pace’s Board of Trustees.

“Rob Sands is a visionary business leader and a proud Pace alumnus,” says Pace University President Marvin Krislov.

“Rob Sands is a visionary business leader and a proud Pace alumnus,” says Pace University President Marvin Krislov. “He has been an essential member of our Board of Trustees for the past three years, and I’m incredibly pleased he has agreed to serve as our Board chair. I must also extend my deepest thanks to my friend Mark Besca, who is stepping down as chair after eight years of dedicated service, and I’m gratified that he’ll remain on the Board as a trustee.”

Sands succeeds Mark M. Besca, who completed an eight-year term as chair and will remain on the board. Sands, who has been on the board since 2018, began his term as chair on July 1, 2021.

“I am honored to be named chair of Pace University’s Board of Trustees and eager to work with my colleagues on creating opportunities and providing access to education for ambitious, dedicated students,” says Sands. “I’m also grateful to Mark Besca for his leadership, continued support and dedication to Pace University.”

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