Provost’s Post

As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Pleasantville Campus this fall, we hope the development of signature academic programs and increase in research emphasis, will attract high quality faculty, raise the intellectual excitement, and substantially increase national visibility.

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

All Pace University campuses are poised for transformative physical and academic changes. In particular, the Pleasantville Campus, which will celebrate its 50th birthday this fall, will get new dorms, athletic facilities, and landscaping. This will give students all the modern amenities of a “traditional” American campus, along with the advantage of easy access to the urban opportunities offered by New York City. On the academic front, a number of new programs are actively being planned to further enhance Pace’s strong and long-standing reputation for providing excellent professional education.

The road map for achieving academic excellence in Pleasantville will incorporate pedagogic innovation and programmatic diversity. The educational experience will be enhanced via an application-oriented curriculum stressing high-impact activities: application and integration of knowledge; undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activities; international experiences; service learning and civic engagement; experiential learning including internships, practicums, clinical or field work. Pleasantville students will be advised and encouraged to spend a semester in New York City, taking classes at the downtown campus, and benefitting from an urban experience to expand their horizons. The development of signature academic programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and the related increase in research emphasis, will attract high quality faculty, raise the intellectual excitement, and substantially increase national visibility.

The result will be a stimulating, personalized, broad-based, liberal arts and sciences education, including real-world experiences, which will prepare highly employable thinking professionals. Implementation of the above ideas in the coming years will make Pace University the largest, best-recognized, private institution of higher education in Westchester County. Let us all work together to make this achievable vision a definite reality!

Yours sincerely,

Uday Sukhatme, ScD

Provost’s Post

We are now in countdown mode to the start of the academic year and I want to invite you to be a part of the University’s upcoming events—beginning with Convocation on September 6.

Dear Colleagues,

I hope that you all have been able to take some time off this summer to travel, pursue a passion, or spend time with family and friends. My trip to China in early June was one of the highlights of my summer. Faculty members can check out my blog for an account of a truly fascinating experience, both professionally and personally.

We are now in countdown mode to academic year 2011-2012. I am happy to announce that fall enrollment—undergraduate and graduate, new and returning students—is strong. Thanks to so many of you across the University, our concerted effort to prevent “summer melt” has spurred many students who had been slow to deposit to take action.

Convocation is right around the corner: Tuesday, September 6, on the Pleasantville Campus. I encourage all of you to attend, especially if you have never done so. Convocation is an academic tradition with origins dating back several centuries. On this day, we officially welcome our incoming students and their families to Pace and begin the year with a strong sense of community.

This year, international bestselling author Chris Cleave, writer of our common reading book Little Bee, will speak. A former British journalist turned novelist, he writes and speaks beautifully about how individual lives are intricately woven together—sometimes purposefully, sometimes painfully—to create the world in which we live. This was great summer reading for me! Chris will no doubt be a compelling speaker and set the stage for many classroom discussions about global citizenship this year.

I also encourage you to attend the 9/11 events that will take place at Pace from September 8-13. Our memorial tribute to those we lost on that fateful day will be particularly moving. Check out the coverage of these events in this issue of Opportunitas, or visit for more information.

With new academic programs, new faculty, new technology, and new master plans in place, not to mention solid financial footing, there is a great deal of forward momentum at Pace as we enter the new academic year. I wish you all a wonderful end of the summer and start of the new semester.

Sincerely yours,

Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN
Interim Provost

Provost’s Post

Dear Colleagues,

I’m a strong believer that when one door closes, another one opens. I’ve seen it over and over again in my life and in the lives of others.

Since the time I entered nursing school some 40 plus years ago, many doors have opened for me.   The choices I made to travel through those doors have provided many challenges and rewards.   No matter how varied my experiences have been, there has always been one common theme:  a commitment to the greater good in all that I do. That commitment is clear to me as I become involved in a different way to continually enhance the quality of academic programs here at Pace.      

My first day at Pace in the role of dean at Lienhard was Monday, August 2, 1993. Exactly 17 years to the day later, I started my new post as interim provost.  Although much has changed in the past 17 years, I bring to my new job the same values I brought to Pace when I first arrived: a strong work ethic, integrity, honesty, loyalty, and a commitment to bring about change that will make our community a  better place to live and work.

How am I spending my first few days?  Getting to know all those directly connected with the Office of the Provost; getting to know my new boss in a different way; getting to know my new peers; establishing trust; finding out where the systems aren’t working , and so much more.  These first few days and weeks are critical; they will lay the foundation for the work I set out to accomplish this year. 

This will be an exciting year for Pace and I am thrilled to be able to play a leadership role  in shaping the strategic plan, finalizing the Faculty Handbook, supporting faculty development initiatives, and expanding enrollments in critical areas that will advance the vision and mission of Pace.

As interim provost of Pace, I hope to work for the greater good of our faculty, staff and students.  I hope that you will join me in working together to make this year a rewarding and successful one for all of us, especially for our students.

Warm regards,

Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN
Interim Provost