The Daily Pleasantville: Pace Introduces First Mental Health Counseling Doctoral Degree In N.Y.

Pace University’s Pleasantville campus has introduced the first doctoral degree in mental health counseling in New York State, in the just-begun fall term. (Left: Pace Professor Ross Robak, Ph.D., and students in the university’s new mental health counseling Ph.D. program.)

Pace University’s Pleasantville campus has introduced the first doctoral degree in mental health counseling in New York State, in the just-begun fall term.

As part of the psychology department of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, the program is designed to provide master’s-level students with advanced professional and scholarly training.

“Doctoral-level mental health counselors bring a depth and breadth of understanding to their work with clients as practitioners, as well as to the research of new therapeutic modalities,” says Rostyslaw Robak, department chair and professor of psychology on the Pleasantville campus. “The program will enrich our graduates’ ability to work successfully with clients and to develop new ways to treat mental health conditions that have the potential to significantly advance the field of mental health counseling.”

The doctoral program is open to applicants with a master’s degree in mental-health counseling or a closely related field. The program offers teaching, research and administrative assistantships with partial tuition remission.

To learn more about the program, call 914-422-4283, email gradwp@pace.edu, or visit www.pace.edu/phdmhc.

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The Pleasantville Daily Voice: Pace University Celebrates 50 Years in Westchester

The Pleasantville Daily Voice reported on the launch of the 50th anniversary celebration with cupcakes available campus-wide on the first day of classes Septemeber 4 in Pleasantville.

The Pleasantville Daily Voice reported on the launch of the 50th anniversary celebration with cupcakes available campus-wide on the first day of classes Septemeber 4 in Pleasantville.

“Pace University kicked off a year-long celebration marking the 50th anniversary of its Pleasantville campus this past Wednesday, the first day of classes for the 2013 fall semester.

Upcoming festivities will include both student-centered and public events. On Sept. 16, a Beatles tribute band will play at the Kessel Student Center at noon to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first day of classes at Pace in Pleasantville.

The first event in a special lecture series will be a panel discussion on telemedicine and the latest trends in healthcare to be held on Oct. 17 at 8 a.m. An anniversary dinner is planned for Oct. 26 as part of Pace’s homecoming weekend.

For more information Pace University’s 50 anniversary of its Pleasantville campus visit its website.”

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NEWS RELEASE: Pace University Staff Member Appointed Assistant Dean for Grants and Strategic Initiatives

Sophie R. Kaufman, DPS, has been appointed to the position of Assistant Dean for Grants and Strategic Initiatives at Pace University’s College of Health Professions.

Pace University Staff Member Appointed Assistant Dean for Grants and Strategic Initiatives

NEW YORK – Sophie R. Kaufman, DPS, has been appointed to the position of Assistant Dean for Grants and Strategic Initiatives at Pace University’s College of Health Professions.

Kaufman started at Pace in 2002 as Administrative Director and in 2011 was promoted to Executive Director of ALPS – Advancing Leadership, Partnerships and Scholarship, the College of Health Professions’ Center of Excellence.

During her time at Pace, Kaufman has facilitated the acquisition of millions of dollars of external grant funding, overseeing endowed student scholarships and other endowed accounts, assisting faculty to seek internal and external grant funding, coordinating the work of graduate assistants, fostering international partnerships for CHP faculty and students, and more. During the past few years she also pursued the Doctor of Professional Studies Degree at Pace/Lubin and walked at the May commencement to celebrate the culmination of this work.

Kaufman looks to continually expand opportunities for students and faculty to enhance their education and develop their scholarship by growing and diversifying funding for faculty research, student scholarships, and College of Health Professions programs. She supports innovative interprofessional and interdisciplinary initiatives, such as the $60,000 grant from the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women that was the first grant to support both nursing and physician assistant students, and the first grant specifically for female veterans and their dependents at Pace, and the $100,000 grant from Pilot Health Tech NYC for Pace’s interdisciplinary project with eCaring LLC involving nursing and computer science students serving clients at the Henry Street Settlement in New York City.

About the College of Health Professions at Pace University: The College of Health Professions was established in 2010 to showcase the breadth of health professions majors at Pace University. The College is made up of the Lienhard School of Nursing and the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Studies Program. The College’s vision is innovative leadership in education, practice, and scholarship for the health professions, and its mission is to educate and challenge students for the health professions to be innovators and leaders who will positively impact global health care.

About ALPS: The ALPS Center of Excellence is dedicated to supporting the academic mission of the College of Health Professions through external funding, facilitation of faculty scholarship, student opportunities, partnerships, and leadership development.  The center provides opportunities for faculty to develop their scholarship in education, research and practice through a variety of partnerships at the local, national, and international levels, and access to internal and external funding.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino Kicks off Week of Service at Pace

Pace’s Provost Uday Sukhatme, Ph.D., County Executive Robert Astorino and others wrote thank you notes to soldiers and police officers at Pace University in Pleasantville as part of the kick-off of the annual 9/11 week of service.

A press conference held at Pace University’s Plesantville campus kicked off the annual week of service in memory of those who were lost on 9/11. The event was covered by The Daily Voice, News 12, The Examiner, Patch.com, and Fox 5 News.

From the Examiner in Pleasantville:

In the dozen years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the National Day of Service and Remembrance has been organized to honor the memories of the nearly 3,000 victims lost on that day.

Westchester County and The Volunteer Center of United Way are doing even more. On Tuesday at Pace University in Pleasantville, County Executive Rob Astorino helped kick off a weeklong joint effort with the United Way to encourage county residents to participate in one of the more than 25 service events and activities in Westchester.

The “9/11: Serve & Remember” initiative, which is spread over nine days, will culminate on the evening of Sept. 11 at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla with the annual ceremony at the county’s memorial The Rising. During the final day of the effort, visitors can donate new and gently used soccer and baseball equipment that will be used by U.S. troops abroad through the Westchester-based nonprofit Let’s Play It Forward, Inc.

Individuals, students, families and members of the business community are encouraged to participate throughout the week.

“The families who lost loves ones that day didn’t just want us to reflect each year in sorrow,” said Alisa Kesten, executive director of The Volunteer Center. “They wanted us to do something positive to honor the memory of those we lost.”

Among the service projects the public can volunteer for are veteran and military outreach, helping at a soup kitchen, blood drives and food collections and removing vines from trees at FDR State Park in Yorktown.

Kesten said Serve & Remember has been extended to increase participation. If confined to one day, family, school and work obligations would exclude many residents who might otherwise want to serve, she said.

Astorino said the Serve & Remember week will remind people that there are hundreds of nonprofit organizations promoting a wide range of causes throughout the county that could use volunteers all year long. It will also help to rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that swept over the nation in the weeks and months following the terrorist attacks, he said.

“You don’t have to wait, obviously, until September of each year to become a volunteer,” Astorino said. “You don’t have to wait for a formal list of activities. There are agencies every day that can use your help. There are people, people that you know, people that are strangers who every day can benefit from a kind heart.”

The start of the effort was appropriately announced at Pace’s Kessel Student Center. Pace has been one of the leaders among colleges and universities in getting its students to participate in community service, said Provost Eday Sukhatme. Since 2006, the university has been named to the President of the United States’ honor roll to recognize organizations that promote service, he said.

For the past 11 years, Pace has required its undergraduate students to take a civic participation and public administration course, which introduces them to service events in the area.

“We have been doing this a long time because not only do the students benefit the community but the learning they acquire in the community benefits them,” Uday said. “So it’s a two-way street and we believe in it.”

During his visit to the student center, Astorino sat down with several students to write a letter to soldiers stationed abroad, one of the service projects the school has organized.

Senior Hasin Ahmed, student outreach coordinator at Pace’s Center for Community Action and Research, said he’s been doing service work since high school. His involvement through internships with nonprofits organizations has been personally fulfilling and has exposed him to the possibility of different careers.

“I’ve had six internships with six different nonprofits and that wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t volunteer in the first place,” Ahmed said.

For a full list of activities to volunteer for and to register, visit www.westchestergov.com. or www.volunteer-center.org/service2013.

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NEWS RELEASE: Lienhard School of Nursing Awarded Scholarships through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions has been selected for the third time as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN).

Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing Awarded Scholarships through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

 

RWJF New Careers in Nursing Program provides support to 52 schools of nursing for

second career nurses from groups underrepresented in the profession.

 

[New York, NY] – Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions has been selected for the third time as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN).  The Lienhard School of Nursing received $50,000 for the 2013-2014 academic year to support students in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program who are underrepresented in the field of nursing and are pursuing second careers. Five students entering Lienhard’s accelerated degree program in January 2014 will be awarded NCIN scholarships of $10,000 each.

NCIN is a program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Pace University was among the first institutions to receive funding through the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program in 2008; the program has already supported 20 Lienhard students. With the five additional students this year, Pace will have received a total of a quarter of a million dollars through the NCIN program.

Lienhard offered the second Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the country. Since 1984, Pace has offered this accelerated curriculum for college graduates who are not nurses to study and earn a first professional nursing degree. Students who graduate in as little as 12 months are eligible to take the licensure exam and consistently pass at 100%. The school also prides itself on preparing culturally competent leaders.

“We are grateful for this opportunity to help ensure the nursing field has a diverse population of culturally competent practitioners,” said Harriet R. Feldman, Dean of the Lienhard School of Nursing and of Pace’s College of Health Professions. “Our NCIN scholars go on to do great things – from winning Fulbright awards that enable them to work abroad, to doing research locally to improve the care of the elderly and more.”

Ted Bailly, a NCIN scholar, recently won best poster at the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) conference.  His research poster was entitled “Student Perceptions of Older Adults: Outcomes of an Aging Sensitivity Program, A Qualitative Inquiry.”  Bailly is a graduate of the BSN portion of the accelerated program and is currently a Family Nurse Practitioner student.  Bailly speaks about being a NCIN scholar here: http://www.pace.edu/lienhard/cdp-student-testimonials.

“At this time when the nation’s need for highly educated nurses is growing, we are delighted to be able to support nursing students who will bring diverse and valuable perspectives to the field, and become capable, culturally-competent nurses,” said David Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP, RWJF senior program officer. “NCIN is not only helping these students succeed in school, it is helping prepare the nursing workforce to meet the challenges that lie ahead.”

Martha Greenberg, PhD, RN, is the principal investigator on the grant, and she says, “Our grant is particularly innovative and unique because of the leadership and mentoring components.  NCIN scholars will go through pre-immersion programs where they will develop skills in the following areas: test taking, time management, professional writing, medical terminology, and study skills.  They will have the opportunity to assess their learning styles, and a tailored approach can be developed to help ensure their success.”

Sharon Wexler, PhD, RN, project director, agrees.  “NCIN scholars will be paired with two mentors (one faculty and one non-faculty mentor), and they will have the opportunity to attend professional meetings and conferences with their mentors.  Former NCIN scholars will be mentors to the new group of NCIN scholars.”

In addition, NCIN scholars will write essays for the NCIN website as well as the Lienhard School of Nursing site; develop presentations on the accelerated program and the nursing experience; and present at information sessions, webinars, and at institutions with diverse student bodies.  They will also assume leadership of Student Nurses at Pace (SNAP) and will assume an evidence-based practice (EBP) research leader role in their nursing research courses.

“NCIN is strengthening nursing education and creating a culture of change at schools of nursing across the country,” said AACN President Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Our grantee schools are committed to enrolling students traditionally underrepresented in nursing, and students are benefiting from the emphasis on mentoring and leadership development that are hallmarks of the NCIN program. AACN is proud to collaborate with RWJF on this ground-breaking effort.”

Since 2008, the NCIN program has distributed 3,117 scholarships to students at 125 schools of nursing. This year, funding for 400 scholarships was granted to 52 schools of nursing.

The 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, recommends increasing the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree or higher, and increasing the diversity of students to create a nursing workforce prepared to meet the health care demands of diverse populations across the lifespan. NCIN is helping to advance those recommendations, enabling schools to expand student capacity in higher education, and encouraging more diversity.

By bringing more nurses into the profession at the baccalaureate and master’s degree levels, the NCIN program also helps to address the nation’s nurse faculty shortage. This trend is reflected in the NCIN scholars, as 91 percent of the students receiving funding in the first three years of the program indicate a desire to advance their education to the master’s and doctoral levels.

For more information about Lienhard School of Nursing’s Accelerated BSN program, visit http://www.pace.edu/lienhard/accelerated-BSN. To learn more about the NCIN program, visit www.NewCareersInNursing.org.

 

About NCIN: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) joined with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to create New Careers in Nursing (NCIN): an RWJF Scholarship Program to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through annual grants to schools of nursing, NCIN provides $10,000 scholarships to college graduates with degrees in other fields who wish to transition into nursing through an accelerated baccalaureate or master’s nursing program. For more information, visit www.newcareersinnursing.org.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For more than 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

About AACN: The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing. Representing more than 720 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN’s educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor’s and graduate degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research and practice. For more information, visit www.aacn.nche.edu.

About CHP: The College of Health Professions was established in 2010 in an effort to showcase the breadth of health professions majors at Pace University. The College is made up of the Lienhard School of Nursing and the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Studies Program. The College’s vision is innovative leadership in education, practice, and scholarship for the health professions, and its mission is to educate and challenge students for the health professions to be innovators and leaders who will
positively impact global health care.

 

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Contact: Cara Cea, ccea@pace.edu; 914-906-9680

NEWS RELEASE: Actors Studio Drama School Alumni Produce “For a Good Time, Call Kathy Blanchard”

Actors Studio Drama School alumni have joined together to produce a new play that will premiere August 9th at the New York International Fringe Festival. Every member of the production– the writer, director, actors, and designers– are alumni of the Actors Studio Drama School.

OUTSIDE INSIDE PRESENTS

FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL KATHY BLANCHARD

a new play by Michael Ross Albert

 

NEW YORK – Outside Inside returns to the New York International Fringe Festival with the world premiere of Michael Ross Albert’s new play, For a Good Time, Call Kathy Blanchard.

Directed by the company’s founding co-artistic director, Kaitlyn Samuel, the production stars Ross Wellinger, Kaitlyn Huczko, and two lifetime members of the legendary Actors Studio, Hannah Timmons and David Dempsey.

Set during the fourth game of the Stanley Cup Finals in a house undergoing major renovations, For a Good Time, Call Kathy Blanchard is a comedy about hockey, heartbreak, and the places we used to call home. The script was one of the Top Ten plays shortlisted for the Toronto Fringe Festival’s Best New Play Contest.

Lawrence is having a meltdown. Sky’s been kicked out of his house. Amanda’s career seems to be going nowhere. Mary refuses to leave until someone wins the Stanley Cup. And they’re all preparing for a devastating loss. But, Lawrence has a plan…

A combination of boisterous slapstick and surprising emotional honesty, For a Good Time, Call Kathy Blanchard is a play about a generation at split ends, trying to re-discover where they come from, and decide where they’re headed.

Playwright Michael Ross Albert is the author of several plays including The Big Sandy River Plays (Jenny Wiley Theatre), Screech (finalist, Samuel French OOB Festival) and Tough Jews (The Unit, Toronto). His one-act play, Starfishes, is included in the 2010-2011 anthology of Best American Short Plays. He received an MFA in Playwriting from the Actors Studio Drama School, and is an associate member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Presented as part of the New York International Fringe Festival, For a Good Time, Call Kathy Blanchard will be performed at Venue #10: The Kraine Theatre (85 East 4th St) on August 10 at 12:30; August 11 at 10:15; August 12 at 5:00; August 15 at 7:00; and August 24 at 4:00.  For a detailed performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.fringenyc.org or call 866.468.7619.

Every member of the production– writer, director, actors, designers– are alumni of the Actors Studio Drama School which is currently housed at Pace University.

Outside Inside is a New York City based theatre company, founded by co-artistic directors Kaitlyn Samuel, Michael Ross Albert, and Adam Levi.  Their inaugural production was Chagrin by Michael Ross Albert, which was presented in association with HUBO Productions at the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival. They returned to FringeNYC in 2012 with the critically acclaimed adaptation of Arch Oboler’s science-fiction melodrama, Night of the Auk. The company and its artists are dedicated to the independent production of exciting new works for the stage.

Twitter: @OutsideInsideCo

CONTACT: Robert Schorr

PHONE: (818) 427 -3206

EMAIL: 13-1916@fringenyc.org

Journal News, Examiner, Westchester County Business Journal and Mid-Hudson News: Planners OK $100M Pace Expansion

The Master Plan for Pace’s Pleasantville campus recently received site plan approval from the Town of Mt. Pleasant Planning Board.

The Master Plan for Pace’s Pleasantville campus recently received site plan approval from the Town of Mt. Pleasant Planning Board. Work is set to begin in August.

The first phase of the plan includes relocating and expanding the environmental center, two new residence halls, new and improved athletic fields and facilities, and expanding the dining hall and student center.

Read the recent news coverage of the site plan approval in The Journal News, the Westchester County Business Journal, Mid-Hudson News, The Examiner, Construction News, and The Gazette.

NEWS RELEASE: Pace University Alumnus and Adjunct Faculty Member Inducted as Fellow of American Association of Nurse Practitioners

New Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners was among the first cohort of Pace’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program and is an adjunct faculty member at Pace’s Lienhard School of Nursing.

Pace University Alumnus and Adjunct Faculty Member Inducted as Fellow of American Association of Nurse Practitioners

NEW YORK – Stephen A. Ferrara, DNP, RN, FNP, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) during the AANP annual national conference in Las Vegas in June.

Ferrara graduated from the first cohort of Pace University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. He is a clinical preceptor, is an adjunct faculty member at Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing, and is a health policy leader who has lectured at numerous conferences.

Ferrara is a practicing nurse practitioner with over 12 years of clinical experience. He is a senior clinical associate at Montefiore Medical Center’s Occupational Health Services in the Bronx, NY and the Executive Director of The Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State. He has experience in college, correctional and men’s health. He received the 2012 AANP State Award for clinical excellence. Ferrara has a passion for health care technology and integrating evidence into daily practice.

The FAANP program was established in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education, or policy. Priority initiatives of AANP are the development of leadership and mentorship programs for nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner students. Fellows of the AANP are visionaries committed to the global advancement of nursing through the development of imaginative and creative future nurse practitioner leaders, and as such, hold an annual think tank to strategize about the future of nurse practitioners and health care outside the confines of traditional thinking. A limited number of nurse practitioners are selected for this highly coveted distinction each year.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners is the largest, full-service national professional organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. With more than 45,000 individual members and 200 group members, AANP represents the interests of approximately 167,000 nurse practitioners around the country. AANP continually advocates for the active role of nurse practitioners as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, personalized, patient-centered health care.

About the College of Health Professions at Pace University: The College of Health Professions was established in 2010 to showcase the breadth of health professions majors at Pace University. The College is made up of the Lienhard School of Nursing and the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Studies Program. The College’s vision is innovative leadership in education, practice, and scholarship for the health professions, and its mission is to educate and challenge students for the health professions to be innovators and leaders who will positively impact global health care.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

NEWS RELEASE: Mark M. Besca Succeeds Aniello A. Bianco as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Pace University

Pace University Vice Chairman Mark M. Besca will succeed Aniello A. Bianco as Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees effective July 1, Pace President Stephen J. Friedman announced.

Mark M. Besca Succeeds Aniello A. Bianco as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Pace University

NEW YORK, July 1 – Pace University Vice Chairman Mark M. Besca will succeed Aniello A. Bianco as Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees effective July 1, Pace President Stephen J. Friedman announced. After 14 years of leadership, Bianco concluded his term as Chairman on June 30. He will continue to serve as a member of the Board for another year.

The transition takes place after several years of impressive growth at the University, with higher enrollments, new academic programs, national recognition for the high employment rate and earning power of Pace graduates, and significant investments in the learning and living facilities on  Pace’s campuses in New York City and Pleasantville.

“This is a time of great momentum at Pace, fueled by an ever growing awareness that the education we offer is especially responsive to the needs of individuals and the nation today,” said President Friedman. “I am delighted that Mark Besca will serve as the next Chairman of the Board of Trustees because he possesses both proven success as a business leader and a deep personal love of Pace that will help us drive this momentum across the University. I know Mark will be a strong and effective Chairman and I look forward to working closely with him.”

“I couldn’t be more pleased to help further position our students and faculty in realizing their individual dreams of achievement and our university mission of Opportunitas,” said Besca. “I am honored to assume the chairmanship from Neil Bianco, a man I deeply admire and respect. Neil’s great support of and affection for Pace University, combined with his visionary leadership as Chairman for the past 14 years, has positioned the University for continued excellence and growth.”

A 1981 graduate of the Lubin School of Business, Besca is the New York City Office Managing Partner at Ernst & Young.  After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pace, Besca went on to earn an MBA in finance from Columbia University.  He has been a Pace Trustee since October 2001.

Mark is also a David Rockefeller Fellow of The New York City Partnership, a Vice Chairman of the UJA Executive Media and Entertainment Group and is a member of the AICPA and the New York Society of CPA’s.

Until August 2011, Besca was the Northeast Industry Leader for the Media and Entertainment group where he served multinational clients and also frequently represented the firmon national broadcasts such as the Primetime Emmy Awards and American Music Award shows.  He began his career through Pace’s career services as an intern with Arthur Young in 1979.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Media Contact: Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

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