The Board of Trustees of Pace University has elected Dr. David A. Caputo the sixth president of Pace University, it was announced today by Board Chairman Aniello A. Bianco. Caputo, who is currently the president of Hunter College, the largest college in the City University of New York system, will
take office at Pace in July.
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NEW YORK, February 17, 2000 – The Board of Trustees of Pace University has elected
Dr. David A. Caputo the sixth president of Pace University, it was announced today
by Board Chairman Aniello A. Bianco. Caputo, who is currently the president of
Hunter College, the largest college in the City University of New York system, will
take office at Pace in July.
Dr. Caputo will succeed Dr. Patricia O. Ewers, who has served as Pace University’s
president since 1990. Dr. Ewers, the first woman to lead Pace in the school’s
94-year history, announced in March 1999 that she planned to retire when her decade
of leadership concluded.
“We are delighted to elect someone of David Caputo’s caliber to become the next president
of Pace University,” Bianco said. “He is an outstanding and experienced educator, an
accomplished scholar, and the ideal candidate for this institution. Pat Ewers has
positioned Pace for educational leadership, strengthened the organization and brought
vision and focus to our mission. David Caputo will lead the University to new heights
in the next millennium.”
Dr. Caputo was chosen as the new president of Pace from among more than 85 applicants from
across the United States. A Presidential Search Committee, chaired by Michael O’Reilly, a
1971 Pace alumnus and a trustee, was given the charge of finding a leader who would drive
the University forward with energy and vision as it approaches its centennial in 2006.
“I am very pleased to be given the chance to lead an outstanding University like Pace at a
time when there are so many exciting new opportunities in higher education,” said Dr. Caputo.
“I plan to work closely with Pace faculty, staff, students and alumni to continue positioning
the University as one of the leading comprehensive institutions in the region and a leader in
the national and international arenas.”
Dr. Caputo became the 12th president of Hunter College in July 1995. Founded in 1870, Hunter
is a multi-campus, public institution, which enrolls 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students
in its School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, the Schools of the Health Professions,
and the School of Social Work.
Among his accomplishments at Hunter, Dr. Caputo established the Office of Urban Outreach to work
closely with government, non-profit, and commercial organizations to help solve pressing urban
problems and to help coordinate Hunter’s many internship programs in the community. He also has
been instrumental in forming alliances with college neighbors, including both cultural organizations
and local residents. He has expanded the role of the Hunter College Foundation and established a
Corporate Advisory Council. He also has made significant investments in instructional technology,
interactive multimedia and distance learning.
Dr. Caputo serves as the co-chair of the New York State Professional Standards and Practices Board.
He also chairs an urban teacher evaluation subcommittee of the National Association of State
Universities and Land-Grant Colleges and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
Before joining Hunter College, Dr. Caputo spent more than 25 years in increasingly responsible positions
at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, last serving as dean of its School of Liberal Arts from
1987 to 1995. During his tenure, the school adopted a new undergraduate core curriculum, developed
initiatives for women and minorities, expanded faculty teaching and research support, and strengthened
its fund-raising efforts.
During Patricia Ewers’ decade of leadership at Pace, the University undertook and has nearly completed the
first successful comprehensive campaign in its history. The $55 million Campaign for Pace will provide
increased resources for endowment, new academic initiatives, enhanced technological capabilities and facility
improvements. At the conclusion of Patricia Ewers’ presidency, Pace is a strong University that features a
diverse student body, a rich and innovative curriculum that includes online courses and international programs,
a renewed commitment to adult and continuous learning, new and enhanced facilities on all of Pace’s campuses,
technologically mature academic and administrative programs, and an endowment of nearly $100 million – more
than four times what it had been when she assumed the leadership of Pace ten years earlier.
Dr. Caputo has received numerous honors, awards, and grants. Among them are two Fulbright awards for study in
Italy, including a 1993 Senior Fulbright Chair appointment at the University of Bologna; a National Science
Foundation Faculty Fellowship; and a Lilly Endowment Fellowship. In fall 1985, he was a Visiting Fellow at
Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and also served as a Visiting
Scholar at Harvard University’s Center for Population Studies.
He has authored or co-authored five books and more than 50 articles, book chapters, and research notes, with a
recent focus on urban governance.
Born and raised in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, David A. Caputo attended local public schools and was his high
school valedictorian. He received his B.A. in Government in 1965 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where
he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa and the student body president during his senior year.
In 1965, as the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, Dr. Caputo enrolled at Yale University, where
he went on to earn two master’s degrees in Political Science and his Ph.D. (1970), focusing his doctoral research
on municipal budgeting. At Yale, he was a graduate teaching fellow from 1966 to 1968. He and his wife, Alice,
a public school teacher, reside in Manhattan. They have three adult children.
Pace University is a comprehensive, independent New York institution of higher education with nearly 14,000
students. Having evolved from a school of accountancy into a comprehensive university, Pace offers a wide range
of academic and professional programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels in six colleges and schools: the
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems,
School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing, and the World Trade Institute.