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PLEASANTVILLE, NY — Pace University has announced the appointment of
Joseph F. O’Donnell as director of athletics and recreation.
O’Donnell served for eight years as director of athletics at American University in
Washington, D.C., responsible for the management and operation of a Division I athletics
program and an extensive intramural and recreational program. During his tenure, he
oversaw the construction of a $21-million facility that provides
a state-of-the-art venue for intercollegiate athletics, recreational and instructional
programs, convocations, graduations and other campus gatherings.
In announcing O’Donnell’s appointment, Philomena Mantella, vice president for
enrollment management and student life, said “He brings to Pace an extraordinary, broad-
based background with hands-on experience directing initiatives that form the centerpiece
of our athletics and recreational priorities over the next five years.”
O’Donnell was an assistant athletics director at Wichita State University in
Kansas. He served for 12 years as an assistant and associate athletics director at LaSalle
University in Philadelphia, and prior to that as a recr eation coordinator for the City of
Philadelphia. He also was a high school teacher and coach in the Catholic Diocese of
O’Donnell received a bachelor’s degree in economics from LaSalle University and
a master’s degree in educatio n with a concentration in athletics administration from
Temple University in Philadelphia.
Pace University’s varsity athletics program is recognized as a leader in the
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II in the northeast. The
University has 15 varsity sports teams and is a member of the NCAA, the Eastern
Collegiate Athletic Conference, and beginning in Fall 1997, the Northeast-10 Conference.
All Pace University sports teams, with the exception of the NCAA Divis ion I baseball
team, compete in the NCAA Division II.
Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City
and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and
graduate degree programs in t he Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of
Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education,
School of Law and Lienhard School of Nursing.