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President Marvin Krislov

Marvin Krislov became the eighth President of Pace University on August 1, 2017. He is deeply committed to Pace’s mission of Opportunitas—providing all students, regardless of economic background, access to the transformative power of education. He is guiding Pace through its New York City Master Plan to overhaul our downtown campus, and he’s working to bolster Pace’s status as the nation’s leading four-year private college for driving economic mobility. Prior to Krislov’s appointment at Pace, he served for 10 years as the president of Oberlin College, where he led collaborative, consensus-driven efforts to make the college more rigorous, diverse, inclusive, and accessible to students from every socioeconomic background. Prior to Oberlin, he was vice president and general counsel at the University of Michigan, where he led the legal defense of the University’s admission policies that resulted in the 2003 Supreme Court decision recognizing the importance of student body diversity. Krislov earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, at Yale University in 1982, and was named a Rhodes Scholar. He earned master’s degrees at Oxford University and Yale, and a juris doctor degree at Yale Law School in 1988. Prior to entering academic life, Krislov served as acting solicitor and then deputy solicitor of national operations in the US Department of Labor. He previously served as associate counsel in the Office of Counsel to the President under President Bill Clinton.


Dr. Michael A. Baston

Named by Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine among the most Notable Education Leaders of 2017, Dr. Michael A. Baston is the 7th President of Rockland Community College. The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Atlantic, the Community College Times, the Education Advisory Board, MSNBC, and two books, the Handbook for Student Affairs in Community Colleges and Race, Education, and Reintegrating Formerly Incarcerated Citizens have featured Dr. Baston’s work in developing comprehensive supports that foster college completion.

Dr. Baston consults with college leadership teams around the nation, helping them integrate student success initiatives to advance college completion through guided pathways. He is an American Association of Community Colleges Pathways coach and was a member of the inaugural class of Aspen Institute Presidential Fellows for Community College Excellence where he explored systemic issues affecting the educational access pipeline and student success.

Dr. Baston began his career as a public interest lawyer representing various educational institutions and social justice organizations. His work with academic clients led him to pursue a second career in academia as both a professor of legal studies and business and a student affairs administrator. Dr. Baston holds a BA from Iona College, a JD from Brooklyn Law School, and an EdD from St. John Fisher College.


Dr. Vanya Quinones

Vanya Quiñones, Ph.D., a neurobiologist and biopsychologist will assume the role of Provost of Pace, effective July 1, 2018.  Dr. Quiñones brings to Pace decades of experience in scientific research, academic administration, program- and research-focused fundraising, and a long record of working to improve diversity in science and the arts.

Dr. Quiñones joined Hunter College in 1997 as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. As a tenured professor, she went on to lead its biopsychology and neuroscience doctoral graduate sub-program before assuming the role of department chair. During her 20 years at Hunter she has held numerous positions culminating in her current role as associate provost for student success and retention. 


Dr. Nira Herrmann

Nira Herrmann, Ph.D., was appointed Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Pace University effective July 2017. Serving Pace University for over a decade, Dr. Herrmann’s efforts support the University through enrollment, retention, and technology improvement initiatives. Prior to her role as Provost, Dr. Herrmann served as the Dean of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University since 2004. Under Dr. Herrmann’s leadership, Dyson College increased enrollment by 32 percent between 2004 and 2016. Presently, the College has over 4,400 students, 3,730 of whom are undergraduates, with 252 full-time and over 550 part-time faculty located on campuses in Manhattan and Westchester County, NY.