Nearly fifty years ago, Pace opened the gates of a new campus in Pleasantville and an exciting new chapter in its continuing evolution. From its earliest days, the Pleasantville campus radiated the spirit of Opportunitas as individuals seized upon the chance to experience a Pace education in the rolling Westchester countryside. Exceeding its enrollment goals, the Pleasantville campus welcomed a freshman class of 143 day students, including many women, and 265 evening students, who were already employed by a remarkable 100 companies. Arriving at a campus that was still an active construction site, these Pace pioneers often joked about driving over dirt roads in the morning and heading home over blacktop at night. “The furious pace of construction,” wrote the author of Opportunitas, the History of Pace University, “was a sure sign that the college was an institution on the move.”
Today, Pace and the Pleasantville Campus are once again on the move. We are preparing to launch a transformative campus renewal plan that will position Pleasantville for the 21st Century and we are looking forward to a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the campus. Spearheading the 50th anniversary celebration is a committee of more than 35 representatives from all areas of University. Under the leadership of University Relations, the 50th Anniversary Celebration Planning Committee, and a host of subcommittees, are meeting regularly to develop an exciting array of events, academic panels, athletic competitions, films, and other media to recognize the many wonderful contributions of Pleasantville to Pace University and the surrounding Westchester community. The 50th anniversary celebrations will kick off at Convocation in September and continue throughout the 2013–14 academic year.
The fundamental purpose of Pace has remained constant since 1906: to prepare students from all backgrounds to succeed in their professions and lives. The celebration of the Pleasantville Campus reminds us that our mission transcends city, countryside, or century, responding to the dreams of promising young people everywhere.
Stephen J. Friedman