Pace University appoints Jeff Trexler, J.D., PhD, as Wilson Professor of Social Entrepreneurship

Pace University has appointed Jeff Trexler, J.D., PhD, as the new Helene and Grant Wilson Professor of Social Entrepreneurship. Funded through Pace’s Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the professorship is a joint appointment with the University’s Lubin School of Business and Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.

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Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

Pace University appoints Jeff Trexler, J.D., PhD,
as Wilson Professor of Social Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial lawyer and researcher has expertise in China and Russia, will expand Pace academic programs encouraging risk-taking spirit in nonprofits

New York, NY – September 19, 2006 – Pace University has appointed Jeff Trexler, J.D., PhD, as the new Helene and Grant Wilson Professor of Social Entrepreneurship. Funded through Pace’s Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the professorship is a joint appointment with the University’s Lubin School of Business and Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.

“Jeff Trexler is developing an academic program for the Wilson Center that integrates cutting-edge theory with innovative social enterprise,” says Pace President David A. Caputo. “His extensive experience will help us leverage Pace’s performance in nonprofit organization development and education, and create heightened awareness throughout the University of the nonprofit sector in civic life.”

Before joining Pace, Trexler taught nonprofit organization law at Saint Louis University, the SMU School of Law and the Yale Law School.

Emerging nonprofit areas. In his doctoral dissertation, Professor Trexler examined the link between nonprofit management and organizational identity in higher education, with a particular focus on educational missions to China. His recent writing and research cover topics in the area of social enterprise including Russian nonprofit law, Native American tribal philanthropy, the rhetoric of nonprofit design and the nature of nonprofit networks.

In addition to his academic research and teaching, Professor Trexler has worked with U.S. and foreign nongovernmental organizations to develop more effective nonprofit institutions. In the 1990s, he helped Russian lawyers and government officials establish a new legal framework for civil society in the post-Soviet era. As a practicing lawyer specializing in tax-exempt organizations, he has assisted groups covering a spectrum of nonprofit activity including venture philanthropy, grassroots education, health care, religion and mutual aid.

Pace University established the Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship in 2005 to help cultivate the risk-taking spirit and managerial skills of nonprofit organizations. The center was launched with a gift of $5 million from Helene and Grant Wilson, whose involvement with nonprofits convinced them that more entrepreneurial management can help these organizations increase their impact. With Executive Director Rob Johnston and Pace faculty members, the Wilson Center (www.pace.edu/wilsoncenter) provides scholarly research, short training courses, and advisory services to nonprofit organizations, in addition to contributing new nonprofit courses to the University’s current entrepreneurship offerings.

Celebrating its centennial in 2006, Pace University is known for an outcome-oriented environment that prepares students to succeed in a wide-range of professions. Pace has facilities in downtown and midtown New York City and in Westchester County at Pleasantville, Briarcliff, and White Plains (a graduate center and law school). A private metropolitan university, Pace enrolls approximately 14,000 students in undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Law School, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, and School of Education. www.pace.edu.

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