It is always a pleasure to start the new academic year—and to gear up for another year of challenge, innovation, and dedication to preparing our students for professional success. This fall it is even more exciting with the recent confirmation that our hard work is paying off, not only in the eyes of our students and peers, but also in the national media.
This summer and fall, Pace was recognized by a number of media organizations for those attributes we strive to provide our students on a daily basis—academic excellence, professional preparation, and quality of life.
Pace was recognized by Forbes.com as one of the top 20 colleges in the nation “that will make you rich,” ranking among institutions such as Dartmouth College, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, and the University of California at Berkeley. The Princeton Review listed Pace as one of Best Northeastern Colleges for 2011, and Lubin’s undergraduate business program was ranked among the best business programs nationwide by U.S. News & World Report in its 2011 “Best Colleges” survey. Most recently, The Daily Beast listed Pace as one of the 50 safest campuses in the country and one of only five in New York City in that category, a story that was covered by New York Daily News, NY1, and WNBC.
Pace has excelled above many other schools in these areas because our faculty, staff, and the Pace community at large do a remarkable job of supporting our students and setting high expectations. I know we will continue and reinforce that tradition this year with the continuing flow of new faculty and staff and new leadership in Lienhard, Lubin, the School of Education, and the Provost’s Office.
I hope you will try and attend one of the upcoming President and Provost Welcome Receptions planned for Tuesday, September 28, in New York City and Tuesday, October 5 in Pleasantville, and take the opportunity to connect with our great community. It is the students we see in the classrooms, the peers we pass in the hallways, and the alumni who return to Pace and give back in so many ways who are our most important assets.
Stephen J. Friedman