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Presidential Search Forums

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In a recent letter to the Pace Community, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and alumnus Mark Besca ’81 invites you to be a part of the search for the next President. Open forums will be held on March 15.

To:            The Pace University Community

From:        Mark M. Besca '81, Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Date:         February 25, 2016

What an exciting and important time this is in the life of the University. President Stephen J. Friedman has been an influential and transformative leader and he will continue to lead Pace forward through the conclusion of his current term on June 30, 2017. Just about every aspect of the University has been strengthened and renewed under his visionary leadership and through your support, dedication, and commitment to our students.

The Board of Trustees looks forward to commencing the Presidential Search process and to your participation in that process. I am currently appointing a Presidential Search Committee with faculty, student, trustee, and administrative representation that will advise me and the Board in connection with the selection of a new President. Vice Chairman of the Board Richard Zannino '84 will chair the Committee and we will announce the membership of the Committee as soon it has been finalized.

We have retained the services of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, an executive search firm specializing in higher education executive recruitment, to assist with the Presidential Search. They have conducted presidential searches for institutions such as Adelphi, Brandeis, the University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon. On Tuesday, March 15, Shelly Weiss Storbeck, managing partner and co-founder of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, and senior associate Julia Patton will be on Pace campuses to meet with faculty, students, and staff. We are interested in hearing your views on questions such as: How would you like to see Pace develop in the next 7–10 years? What would interest someone in becoming the President and what challenges would he or she face? What kind of leader are we looking for in terms of personal qualities and professional qualifications?

Your input is critical to a successful search and we look forward to seeing you on March 15. If you are unable to attend, please feel free to contact Storbeck/Pimentel with any ideas or thoughts you may have by writing to PacePresident@storbeckpimentel.com.

The schedule of the March 15 Open Forums is listed below and we hope you can attend.

Pleasantville Campus: Butcher Suite

9:00 a.m.–9:50 a.m.  

Staff/Administrators 

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. 

Faculty 

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m 

Students 

Law School Campus: Ottinger G-01

9:00 a.m.–9:50 a.m.  

Staff/Administrators 

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. 

Faculty

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.  

Students

New York City Campus: 163 William Street Amphitheater (entrance at 1st floor of 157 William Street)

1:30 p.m.–2:20 p.m.   

Staff/Administrators 

2:30 p.m.–3:20 p.m.  

Faculty

3:30 p.m.–4:20 p.m.  

Students

 

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