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Marijo Russell O’Grady
Associate Vice President/Dean for Students, New York City
Phone: (212) 346-1306

Marijo Russell O’Grady hails from Western New York, Chautauqua County. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from State University College at Buffalo in art education with a concentration in art therapy. She worked in residential life during her undergraduate and graduate tenure at SUC at Buffalo. O'Grady worked at North Adams State College as a residence director, then moved to Rivier College in Nashua, NH, as the director of student activities/assistant director of residents. She moved to New York City in 1989 and began a PhD program in higher education administration at New York University while working full-time in housing and residential life as the coordinator of residential student development. Her dissertation was centered around racial identity theory and first year African-American students at predominantly white institutions and was completed in 1999.

O'Grady has served as the dean for students at Pace University since June 1998 and oversees the areas of Student Development and Campus Activities, Orientation, Housing and Residential Life, counseling services including disabilities and wellness, Multicultural Affairs, the student information desk, and judicial affairs.

Rachel Carpenter
Associate Vice President/Dean for Students, Westchester
Phone: (914) 773-3351

Rachel Carpenter has worked at Pace University since June 2010. As of August 1, 2019 she serves as the Associate Vice President & Dean for Students on the Pleasantville campus. 

Growing up in a US Navy family, Carpenter spent most of her life living overseas. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/Japanese and a Master of Science in Public Services Administration from the University of Evansville. She worked at the University of Evansville as an area coordinator in residential life. Carpenter then served as Dean of Students at Harlaxton College – a study abroad campus in the United Kingdom. She returned to the US as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Center for Student Engagement at the University of Evansville. 

Carpenter moved to New York in 2010 to work at Pace University as the Director of Student Development & Campus Activities and soon after added the Assistant Dean of Assessment & Planning to her responsibilities. Carpenter is currently working on her dissertation which focuses on interpersonal relationships, emotions, affect, and team dynamics. 

As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, she enjoys helping others identify and build upon their strengths in personal and professional settings. When she is not at the university, Carpenter enjoys backpacking, travel, and outdoor experiences.\

Top 5 Strengths:
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