The Incoming Class

A new associate provost, two new deans, Harriet Feldman’s promotion to interim provost, and Gerrie Colombraro’s promotion to interim dean of Lienhard School of Nursing help Pace kick off the 2010-2011 school year

Pace Veteran Assumes Interim Provost Role

Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, Interim Provost

Since 1993, Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, has been an integral part of the Pace Community. Having served as dean and tenured professor in the Lienhard School of Nursing, as well as interim dean of the School of Education, Feldman brings her vast knowledge of education and unwavering dedication to the University to the role of interim provost.

Read more about Provost Feldman here.

Nursing’s New Interim Dean

Gerrie Colombraro, PhD, Interim Dean, Lienhard School of Nursing

Gerrie Colombraro, associate dean for administration of the Lienhard School of Nursing, will assume the role of interim dean of the school. As a longtime researcher and nurse educator, Colombraro is filling the position of dean Harriet Feldman, PhD, who has been appointed interim provost.

Lubin’s New Dean Is Ready to Get Down to Business

Neil Braun, JD, Dean, Lubin School of Business

From films to carbon footprints, Neil Braun’s prestigious career runs the gamut. He has served as an attorney, executive leader to multiple media corporations such as NBC and Viacom Entertainment, and an environmental advocate in his most recent role as CEO of The CarbonNeutral Company.  A member of numerous corporate and nonprofit boards, including the University of Pennsylvania’s Board of Overseers for the School of Arts and Sciences and the Trustee’s Social Responsibility Advisory Committee, Braun brings his entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to sustainability to Pace.

“In today’s competitive and fast-changing environment, we have the opportunity to position Lubin as an increasingly relevant and impactful academic institution,” says Braun. “It will take the focused and collaborative effort of faculty working closely with the deans and administrative staff.  If we strategize, prioritize, execute, and communicate well, there is a world of opportunity for us to capture. I am extremely excited to be part of the Pace community, my sleeves are rolled up, and I am already deeply engaged in the issues and opportunities before us.”

Read more about Dean Braun here.

Strengthening the Scholarly Community

Sheying Chen, PhD, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

As one of the first graduate sociology students in China, Sheying Chen is no stranger to innovation. With formal training in both engineering technology and public policy, Chen brings years of teaching experience and research from around the globe, as well as a fresh perspective on social change. The former Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies at Indiana University Southeast was drawn to Pace’s opportunities for growth.

“A university is a community of scholars, and I’m excited about the opportunity to help build such a great community at Pace,” says Chen. “Developing faculty leadership in achieving the University’s strategic goals is my commitment. I look forward to working with my colleagues on fully realizing their potential at Pace.”

Read more about the new associate provost here.

Back to School with a New Dean

Andrea Spencer, PhD, Dean, School of Education

Pace High School and the School of Education’s groundbreaking work in the field of autism are just two unique aspects of Pace that spoke to Andrea Spencer. Former associate dean for Academic Affairs at Bank Street College, and founding partner of Synchrony Solutions, Spencer has served as an educational consultant to the Center for Children’s Advocacy in Hartford, Connecticut. With nearly 20 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, and consultant at schools, universities, and a variety of organizations, Spencer brings to Pace a drive to find innovative ways to share information.

“I feel very fortunate to be working with such an outstanding and dedicated faculty and staff,” notes Spencer. “This is a particularly challenging time for institutions committed to preparing teachers who can engage and inspire students in inclusive classrooms, while meeting increasing demands for accountability. I know the knowledge, skills, energy, and enthusiasm that are so evident in the past and present achievements of the School of Education are essential resources not only for preparing and supporting excellent teachers, but in helping the University to attain strategic goals for the 21st Century.”

Read more about the new dean here.

Here’s to You, Geoffrey Brackett

Farewell to Geoff Brackett, DPhil (Oxon.), who will assume the role of executive vice president at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Thank you for all that you have brought to the University. We wish you the best of luck and we will miss you.

Farewell to Geoff Brackett, DPhil (Oxon.), who will assume the role of executive vice president at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Thank you for all that you have brought to the University. We wish you much success, and we will miss you.

Please join us in saying goodbye at the celebratory receptions:

New York City

July 26

3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

One Place Plaza – Multipurpose Room

Please RSVP to Jen Crespo at by July 21.


July 27

3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Kessel Student Center – Gottesman Room

Please RSVP to Gail Louis at by July 21.