Andrea Spencer of Bank Street College to Lead Pace University’s School of Education as New Dean

Theory-based educator, mobile learning innovator, entrepreneur, and special education advocate who successfully obtained more than $4 million in federal grants over a four-year period.

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Andrea Spencer of Bank Street College to Lead Pace University’s School of Education as New Dean

Theory-based educator, mobile learning innovator, entrepreneur, and special education advocate who successfully obtained more than $4 million in federal grants over a four-year period

NEW YORK, NY, June 24, 2010 – Andrea (Penny) M. Spencer, Ph.D., associate dean for Academic Affairs at Bank Street College in New York City, has been named dean of Pace University’s School of Education, effective July 1, announced Stephen J. Friedman, president of Pace University.

She succeeds Harriet R. Feldman, Ph.D., who has served as interim dean for the School of Education since 2006 and continues as dean of Pace’s Lienhard School of Nursing.

“Penny’s experience at administrative levels in a regional public education agency, as well as departmental and division levels at Bank Street College, make her an ideal match for our mission and vision,” said Pace President Stephen J. Friedman.

Since joining Bank Street College in 2004, Spencer has worked with students in their supervised fieldwork placements, taught online and traditional special education courses, and provided professional development to general education and special education teachers in elementary and middle schools in New York City.  She also collaborated within the College to develop a successful proposal that brought in more than $4 million in federal grants over a four-year period.

One reason Spencer was attracted to Pace was the University’s dedication to preparing the teachers of tomorrow through Pace High School in Chinatown, which functions as a laboratory for the University’s education school. Another was Pace’s pioneering work in the field of autism education.

A champion for students from underserved groups, Spencer has led a seven-year advocacy and research effort related to truancy and the need to hold public education accountable for the success of every child.  “My own research, having compiled more than 300 case reviews, suggests that teachers must be prepared to recognize and respond effectively and efficiently to support children struggling academically and emotionally from the very first day of school,” she said.

Verizon Thinkfinity grants awarded to a number of School of Education faculty members who support research on the use of videos and web 2.0 technologies in the classroom was another appealing aspect to Spencer. “The 21st century world of education demands the ability for educators and their students to actively seek new and innovative ways to share information,” said Spencer. “In addition to initiating creative, interactive online experiences for graduate students at Bank Street, I’ve explored technology innovation through the literature and in support of faculty transitioning to online formats.”

“Professor Spencer’s research is hands-on and her scholarship tends to question the conventional educational wisdom.  Her careful analysis of early grade attendance patterns to predict truancy and disengagement in middle school, for example, was path breaking. She suggested that early grade absenteeism responds to socioemotional support and questioned the imposition of no social promotion as a response to absenteeism and poor school performance among elementary school students. She will be a forceful voice in her new role at Pace,” said Harold O. Levy, Pace University trustee and former New York City Schools chancellor.

Additional career highlights. In 2004 Spencer was appointed chair, Department of Special Education, Bilingual & Dual Language, Infant and Family Development and Early Intervention, Child Life.  In 2006, she became associate dean for Academic Affairs. Prior to Bank Street, Spencer was director of Quality Assurance, Program Development & Student Services for the Capital Region Education Council in Hartford, Conn. (1991-2001), where she doubled the size of her division in five years from $12 million to $26 million via program and resource development.  As principal of The Institute of Living in Hartford (1985-1990), Spencer supervised inpatient and day treatment educational programs for children (K-12) with serious emotional disorders and mental illness. From 1966-1985, she was a teacher, administrator, and consultant for school districts, universities, and private not-for profit organizations in Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

Spencer earned a MED in Special Education from the University of Maine and a PhD in Special Education from the University of Connecticut.  As a founding partner of Synchrony Solutions, Williston Park, N.Y. (1996 to present), she serves as an educational consultant to the Center for Children’s Advocacy in Hartford, Conn., where a group of attorneys affiliated with the University of Connecticut Law School focus on educational needs and characteristics of elementary, middle, and high school children with learning and behavior problems with special focus on issues of truancy.

For more than 40 years, Pace University’s School of Education has prepared students to not only meet the requirements for teaching certification, but also be agents of change committed to student success and lifelong learning. Through small classes and opportunities for student teaching, School of Education graduates are ready to start making a difference in the world before they even graduate. Innovative programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels prepare classroom teachers, school specialists, and educational leaders. Our programs for classroom teachers prepare teacher candidates to work with children from grades 1 through 12.  We offer programs that prepare individuals to be curriculum leaders in the areas of special education, literacy, and technology, as well as programs that prepare educators for leadership roles in school administration and supervision.

About Pace University: For more than 100 years, Pace University has been preparing students to become leaders in their fields. A private university, Pace provides an education that combines exceptional academics with professional experience and the New York advantage. Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, and enrolls almost 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.  www.pace.edu

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Neil Braun, Former NBC Television Network President and Viacom Entertainment CEO, Named Dean of Pace’s Lubin School of Business

Highly respected in the media industry, Braun has been involved in multiple new business startups as both entrepreneur and investor. With his significant knowledge in the area of corporate environmental sustainability and the issues challenging public companies today, Braun will lead the more than century-old business school known for innovative programs and blending theory with practice.

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Neil Braun, Former NBC Television Network President and CEO of Viacom Entertainment, Named New Dean of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business

Highly respected in the media industry, Braun has been involved in multiple new business startups as both entrepreneur and investor.  With his significant knowledge in the area of corporate environmental sustainability and the issues challenging public companies today, Braun will lead the more than century-old business school known for innovative programs and blending theory with practice.

NEW YORK, NY, June 24, 2010 – Neil S. Braun, who has more than 30 years of experience in senior management including positions as president of the NBC Television Network and CEO of Viacom Entertainment, has been appointed dean of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, effective July 1, announced Stephen J. Friedman, president of Pace University.

Braun, 57, will take the helm from Joseph R. Baczko, former president and CEO of Blockbuster Entertainment and founder of Toys “R” Us International, who is returning to private industry after five years in the position.

“As the new dean, Neil will add industry dimension and vision to Lubin’s expertise and innovative programs,” said Aniello A. Bianco, chairman of Pace’s Board of Trustees. “The hire of Braun is a bold, confident move infusing a 100-year institution founded as a business school with a 21st century pedigree. Consensus building and collaborative, he’ll be a very positive force for faculty, staff, students, and alumni.”

“Pace has hit a home run with the appointment of Neil Braun,” said Frank Biondi, former CEO of Universal Studios, Viacom, and HBO, who hired Braun both at HBO and Viacom. “He’s a world-class guy with impeccable credentials who leads by collaboration and clarity of thought.”

Braun is currently CEO of The CarbonNeutral Company, which assists companies in analyzing and reducing their carbon footprints (greenhouse gas emissions). CarbonNeutral has invested in more than 200 projects on six continents for more than 300 major corporate clients and 1,000 small business clients. The company combined with Braun’s start-up, The GreenLife Organization, in late 2008 in order to achieve a more significant global presence.

Braun’s experience with CarbonNeutral and The GreenLife Organization will serve him well when he joins Pace, which has a strong commitment to teaching and practicing sustainability and boasts one of the top environmental law programs in the country.

“I am excited to build upon the history of success at Pace,” said Braun. “Providing students with strong fundamentals in the business disciplines and the ability to nimbly apply them has never been more important.  The emergence of the developing world, the proliferation of interactive and mobile media, and the scarcity of natural resources will continue to shape markets and competition. Preparing our students to be effective in a rapidly changing world is a tremendous responsibility and opportunity.”

Additional career highlights. Braun began his career as a corporate attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York (1977-1978).

As senior vice president and general counsel for International Film Investors (1978-1982), he structured and negotiated financing and distribution for feature films including Ghandi, The Killing Fields, Hopscotch, Escape from New York, and The Howling. He headed HBO’s film financing and home-video activities (1982-1986) and was part of the negotiating team for the licensing of pay-television rights from the studios. He also created Silver Screen Partners and HBO Video.  As president and COO of Imagine Films Entertainment (1986-1988), he took the Ron Howard/Brian Grazer production company public while structuring financing and distribution for 30 feature films through Showtime and Universal Pictures.

In addition to serving as a senior executive in major public corporations such as NBC (1994-1998) and Viacom (1988-1994), Braun has been involved in venture stage companies.

With the producer of the Shrek computer-animated franchise, Braun formed Vanguard Animation (2002). He was named president, Feature Films and Television for IDT Entertainment, a division of the long-distance phone company, which was Vanguard’s primary funding partner (2005). When Liberty Media acquired IDT Entertainment the following year and merged it into its Starz Entertainment Group, Braun assumed the role of president, Distribution and Marketing of Starz Media, which included in its stable Film Roman, the longtime animator of Fox’s The Simpsons and King of the Hill.

Frank Biondi praised the work Braun did at HBO, “Neil restructured how we licensed films from independent producers by creating Silver Screen Partners and HBO Video, which significantly lowered our program acquisition cost. At Viacom, he had a wide scope of responsibility from real estate and human resources to the production and distribution of programming for broadcast networks and stations. Neil’s intellect, experience, and people skills are a great match for the challenges and opportunities facing business schools today.”

Braun serves on the board of directors, audit committee and compensation committee of IMAX Corporation, a NASDAQ company. He also serves on the board of directors and compensation committee of Share Our Strength, and the board of directors and executive committee of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. He has been a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors since 2008.

Since 2000 Braun has been a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Board of Overseers for the School of Arts and Sciences and, since 2008, the Trustee’s Social Responsibility Advisory Committee.  He has also been a faculty lecturer at the Wharton School of Business on the topic “Economic Models of Media and Entertainment” (2001).  Braun holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania (1974) and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School (1977) where he was a member of the Law Review.

Pace’s Lubin School of Business enrolls nearly 4,000 students. Lubin boasts a number of graduates who have gone on to become major industry leaders.

About Pace University: For more than 100 years, Pace University has been preparing students to become leaders in their fields. A private university, Pace provides an education that combines exceptional academics with professional experience and the New York advantage. Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, and enrolls almost 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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Pace University School of Law Names Stephen J. Friedman Dean

Pace University has appointed Stephen J. Friedman, one of the nation’s leading corporate, securities, and mergers and acquisitions lawyers and an active leader in the nonprofit world, as Dean of its law school, effective July 1, 2004.

PACE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
NAMES STEPHEN J. FRIEDMAN DEAN

White Plains, NY, March 30, 2004 — Pace University has appointed Stephen J. Friedman, one of the nation’s leading corporate, securities, and mergers and acquisitions lawyers and an active leader in the nonprofit world, as Dean of its law school, effective July 1, 2004.

Friedman comes to Pace after serving for the past eleven years as a senior partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York, one of the nation’s preeminent international law firms. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Equitable Companies Incorporated and its subsidiary, The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States. Before joining Equitable in 1988, Friedman was Executive Vice President of the E.F. Hutton Group, Inc. (1986-88) and a partner at Debevoise (1981-86 and 1965-77).

In 2003-2004, he was noted as one of the Best Lawyers in America in a guide by that name, which cited him for corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law.

In the nonprofit area, Friedman is President and a Trustee of the Practicing Law Institute, which trains 35,000 lawyers per year on current legal issues, Chairman of the support foundation for the proposed new Asian University for Women in Bangladesh, Chairman Emeritus of American Ballet Theatre, and Chairman and Founder of the New York City Project of the Appleseed Foundation.

Dynamic next stage. In making the announcement, Pace President David A. Caputo, Ph.D., said “As a distinguished lawyer, public servant and business leader, Steve Friedman brings Pace the qualities that will continue our recent drive to excellence and increased national visibility. I could not be more pleased that he has agreed to serve.”

Said Friedman: “I’m tremendously excited about this chance to work with a fine faculty to continue and augment the tradition of high quality legal education at Pace. Pace has laid the foundation for a dynamic next stage in the life of the law school and I embrace the opportunity to lead that process.”

Service on SEC. Friedman also has a distinguished career in public service. He has served as a Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission (1980-81), Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Capital Markets Policy (1978-79), Special Assistant to the U.S. Maritime Administrator (1964-65) and Law Clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the United States Supreme Court (1963-64).

He received his A.B. magna cum laude in 1959 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and his J.D. magna cum laude in 1962 from Harvard Law School, where he was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review and a recipient of the Sears Prize.

Friedman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has served as Chairman of the Overseas Development Council and Chairman of the Securities Regulation Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and as a member of the ABA Special Committee on Lawyers’ Political Contributions. He has served as a board member of CCL Industries Inc., Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, ConRail, The National Association of Securities Dealers, the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the United Way of New York City.
Friedman has published widely on the regulation of financial institutions and the securities markets, as well as the early role of Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the United States Supreme Court.

Rising applications and bar exam results. Friedman replaces David S. Cohen, who will be stepping down as Dean after completing his five-year term in June. Under Cohen’s leadership, Pace Law School has seen a 57 percent increase in applications and become significantly more selective. The school posted substantial increases in students’ GPA and LSAT scores, in scholarship aid and in bar-exam passage rates. Six outstanding full-time faculty members were hired, annual giving increased markedly, a 20,000 sq. ft, $10,000,000 new classroom building was constructed, and The New York State Judicial Institute, the nation’s first judicial training and research facility built by and for a state court system, was constructed on the Law School’s campus.

Founded in 1976, Pace Law School is a New York Law School with a suburban campus in White Plains, N.Y., 20 miles north of New York City. The school offers the J.D. program for full-time and part-time day and evening students. Its postgraduate program includes the LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees in Environmental Law and an LL.M. in Comparative Legal Studies. Pace has one of the nation’s top-rated Environmental Law programs and its Clinical Education program also is nationally ranked, offering clinics in domestic violence prosecution, environmental law, securities arbitration, criminal justice and disability rights. www.law.pace.edu