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Rachel Carpenter
Interim University Dean for Students
Phone: (914) 773-3351

Dean (Rachel) Carpenter has nearly 20 years experience in student affairs and higher education. She first started at Pace in 2010. As a student affairs professional, she has overseen areas including student activities, volunteer services, international student involvement, orientation, fraternity and sorority life, risk management, residential life, counseling, health services, recreation and intramural sports, and security.

Dean Carpenter previously served as a Dean for Students at a study abroad campus in England and has served as the Interim Dean for Students at Pace (spring 2015 and the 2019–2020 academic year). As part of the inaugural year for the MA in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs program at Pace, she will serve as an adjunct faculty member teaching student development theory and assessment. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, she has helped students, staff, faculty, and industry leaders identify and build upon their strengths for most of her career.

Growing up in a US Navy family, she spent most of her life overseas and enjoyed travelling and living in unique areas of the world. Her biggest adventure included travelling to Moscow and St. Petersburg as part of a travel group in which she knew no one. Her international upbringing influenced her to earn a BA in International Studies and Japanese followed by an MS in Public Services Administration from the University of Evansville. An avid international traveler, she always has her passport ready. Dean Carpenter is currently working on her dissertation to complete her doctorate in management.

At Pace, her favorite campus tradition is New Student and Family Orientation. When not supporting students on campus, she is out on the trails seeking adventure while backpacking and hiking.

Top 5 Strengths:
Learner | Context | Intellection | Input | Achiever

"Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." - Jack Welch

Todd Smith-Bergollo
Interim Senior Associate Dean for Students, New York City
Phone: (212) 346-1306

Todd has worked in the field of student affairs for over 20 years, with positions in residence life, LGBQA and multicultural student services, civic engagement, orientation, and student activities. Todd came to Pace in 2015 to serve as the Assistant Dean for Students and Director of Student Development and Campus Activities.

Todd received his BA in Mathematics and Secondary Education from the State University of New York College at Geneseo where he got his start in the field of Student Affairs, serving as an RA and an active student leader on campus involved in student government, Greek life, and other organizations. After college he worked with teens at a non-profit agency in Nashville, TN followed by a stint in Alumni Affairs at Vanderbilt University. He moved to New York City to obtain his MA in Higher Education Administration from New York University where he then served as the Director of the Office of LGBT Student Services for several years. During this time he served in a national leadership role in the field of LGBT campus services. He then moved to Columbia University as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, eventually serving as the Interim Dean for Community Development overseeing student activities, residence life and multicultural affairs. Todd came to Pace in 2015 as the Assistant Dean for Students and Director of Student Development and Campus Activities.

During his time at Pace he has overseen the transformation of SDACA's programs and services, including the creation of a more exciting, engaging, and informative Orientation program, an increase in the number of student organizations, and a myriad of leadership and community-building programs. Todd also serves on the boards of two student affairs professional organizations. Todd's motivation lies in providing opportunities for students to discover themselves and their passions, leading to their success in college and beyond.

Todd enjoys spending time with his husband and son, traveling to explore different cultures, and loves to bake. He has also worked with his business partner for many years to facilitate diversity and social justice workshops to faculty, staff and students at institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations.

Top 5 Strengths:
Communication | Developer | Consistency | Empathy | Positivity