Influential leaders to speak at Pace University 2010 commencement ceremonies

Influential leaders in environmental affairs, financial media, corporate information technology, and the psychology of women and gender are this year’s commencement speakers at Pace University.


Contacts: Bill Caldwell, 212-346-1597,; Cara Cea, (914) 773-3312,

Pace University 2010 graduates to hear US EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, personal finance columnist Jane Bryant Quinn, business IT authority Naomi Seligman, and pioneer social psychologist Florence Denmark

NEW YORK, NY, April 21, 2010 – Influential leaders in environmental affairs, financial media, corporate information technology, and the psychology of women and gender are this year’s commencement speakers at Pace University.

Media admission is by press pass.

Westchester Ceremonies

Law School

Sunday, May 16, 10:00 a.m.

Pace University Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY

Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Honorary Doctorate of Law

Jackson leads EPA’s efforts to protect the health and environment for all Americans. She and a staff of more than 17,000 professionals are working across the nation to usher in a green economy, address health threats from toxins and pollution, and renew public trust in EPA’s work. As Administrator, Jackson has pledged to focus on core issues of protecting air and water quality, preventing exposure to toxic contamination, and reducing greenhouse gases. She has promised that all of EPA’s efforts will follow the best science, adhere to the rule of law, and be implemented with unparalleled transparency. Jackson is the first African-American to serve as EPA Administrator. She has made it a priority to focus on vulnerable groups including children, the elderly, and low-income communities that are particularly susceptible to environmental and health threats.

Westchester Undergraduate

Monday, May 24, 11:00 a.m.

Ann & Alfred Goldstein Health and Fitness Center, Pleasantville Campus, 861 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville, NY, entrance # 3

Jane Bryant Quinn, Author and Commentator, Honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science

Quinn is a nationally known commentator whose guide to personal finance, “Making the Most of Your Money,” has just gone into its third edition. In her long career, she has established herself as America’s most reliable voice for people trying to manage their money well. In her public policy writings, she addresses matters of top concern to everyone, including investor protection, health insurance, Social Security, and the sufficiency of retirement plans.

A 1997 winner of the prestigious Gerald Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the 1995 Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, Quinn has been praised for her “overall contribution to consumer journalism” and for “consistent presentation of unique information in a thoughtful, concise manner.” The World Almanac has named her one of the 25 most influential women in America. Quinn has received an Emmy Award and a Janus Award for her business reporting on television. She is a two-time winner of the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism (1992, 1995) and a three-time winner of the National Press Club’s Consumer Journalism Award (1984, 1982 and 1981).

New York City Ceremonies

Both at Radio City Music Hall, Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets)

New York Undergraduate

Wednesday, May 26, 10:30 a.m.

Naomi Seligman, Co-chair of the CIO Strategy Exchange and senior partner, Ostriker von Simson, Inc., Honorary Doctorate of Science

Seligman has been a pioneer in creative IT strategies and solutions. Co-chair of the CIO Strategy Exchange, a highly-regarded, invitation-only, semi-annual forum for discussion and research by corporate chief information officers in the world’s largest companies, she also is a senior partner with Ostriker von Simson, Inc., a technology research and consulting firm. The multinational forums she has worked to create and oversee have helped identify the primary opportunities and challenges in the IT sector, and she herself has helped establish creative IT strategies for the world’s largest corporations in assessing, acquiring, monitoring and managing emerging technologies. Seligman is a member of the Board of Directors at Akamai, Dun & Bradstreet, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems. In 2007, she was honored with Pace’s Leadership and Service in Technology Award.

Westchester and New York City Graduate

Wednesday, May 26, 4:00 p.m.

Florence L. Denmark, Internationally Recognized Scholar and Researcher, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters

Florence L. Denmark, a social psychologist, is known throughout the world for her work highlighting issues associated with discrimination and violence toward women. The first woman to graduate with honors in History and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, she ultimately earned her doctoral degree there in social psychology. She went on to hold academic positions at Queens College, Hunter College, and the Graduate School of the City University of New York (CUNY) before becoming the Robert Scott Pace Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Psychology Department at Pace University’s New York City campus. Well known for her professional commitment and dedication to teaching, she has led a wide range of institutions furthering psychology, from the premier research association, the New York Academy of Sciences, to the American Psychological Association, and the International Council of Psychology. She has received numerous awards and recognitions. Committed to the betterment of individuals everywhere, Denmark now works extensively with the United Nations.

About Pace University

For 104 years 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, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

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