On Wednesday, June 26 the Pace Community will host the newly minted Spirit of Pace Awards Dinner at the Central Park Zoo. The event will benefit the University’s Student Scholarship Program and special projects selected by the President. The Spirit of Pace Awards more fully embraces the University’s identity as a leader in higher education. Pace has grown dramatically since the first Leaders in Management (LIM) Dinner held in 1962. What was once an accounting and business institute is now a world-class comprehensive university and the leading cultural institution in Lower Manhattan. The Spirit of Pace Awards Dinner honors our role as a national leader in providing a college education of clear value—one that is built on a powerful combination of liberal arts and professional preparation, and propels young people to succeed in their careers and lives. With the Spirit of Pace Awards, we begin a new tradition that we hope will last for another 50 years. This event provides us with the opportunity to come together as one Pace Community, proudly celebrating our rich history and bright future.
In addition to the LIM Award, the Spirit of Pace Awards Dinner will introduce two new awards. The Innovator Award honors an individual or group whose work embodies positive change. The Homer and Charles Pace Faculty Award pays tribute to one of our distinguished faculty members who has dedicated his or her career to Pace and its students. Read on to learn more about this year’s honorees:
Leaders in Management (LIM) Award:
Andrew Mathias, President, SL Green
Andrew Mathias is the president of SL Green Realty Corp—New York City’s largest office landlord, owning 77 Manhattan properties totaling 39.3 million square feet. At SL Green, he is responsible for the firm’s equity and structured finance investments. Mathias also oversees the firm’s acquisitions/dispositions and its joint venture program. He joins an elite group of industry leaders, whose professional accomplishments are noteworthy. The Pace Community is proud to name him this year’s LIM Award honoree.
Graduate Management Program for Women (GMPW) Alumnae
The Graduate Management Program for Women was established in the early 1970s for female students pursuing MBAs–a time when women represented only 5 percent of the student population in our MBA program. In 2006, a core group of the alumnae generously established an endowed scholarship at Pace for current female students. We are excited to pay tribute to their important place in Pace history and are deeply proud to call them alumnae.
Homer and Charles Pace Faculty Award:
Michael Szenberg, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Economics Michael Szenberg, PhD, has been at Pace for nearly 40 years, serving in the Department of Finance and Economics at the Lubin School of Business. He is the author and co-author of 15 books, 28 encyclopedia entries, and countless other scholarly articles. He has also served as Editor-in-Chief of The American Economist and is the recipient of numerous academic and service awards. He has been interviewed by BBC-TV, TV Tokyo, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, and others. Beyond his scholarly pursuits, Szenberg has been an able and willing mentor to his students during his decades-long tenure at the University. His selection was made, in part, by our alumni community. Their glowing testament to his work as an educator makes him an excellent choice to serve as the inaugural honoree of the Homer and Charles Pace Faculty Award.
To learn more or attend this year’s Spirit of Pace Awards Dinner, visit www.pace.edu/spiritawards.