Summer is often the time to enjoy the fruits of our labor—take a vacation, spend time with family and friends, pursue a new hobby. It’s also a time to step back, assess, and regroup.
For me, summer also seems to be a time of change. Three years ago, I began my tenure as president. Two years ago, we began development of a new strategic plan—a document that would involve the entire Pace Community in the process of planning change. Last year, we were knee-deep in developing new ways to recruit and retain students hit hard by the economic downturn. This summer, change has come in the form of new leadership on the academic side of the house.
We have some superb additions in the form of several new faces: Neil Braun, JD, dean of Lubin; Penny Spencer, PhD, dean of the School of Education; and Gerrie Colombraro, PhD, interim dean of Lienhard. Additionally, we welcome Sheying Chen, PhD, our new associate provost for Academic Affairs. We will miss Geoff Brackett, DPhil (Oxon.), as he leaves Pace after 20 years, and we wish him well with his new responsibilities at Marist. At the same time, we are lucky to have an academic administrator with the experience and good judgment of Harriet Feldman, PhD, to serve as interim provost at a time when we will continue to drive forward on all fronts to implement the new strategic plan.
Change is a given in higher education. Our students are experiencing a major transition as they enter adulthood. And the University must continually adapt to a changing environment to stay current, relevant, and competitive.
As you plan for the academic year ahead, please think about how change often brings opportunity, and embrace it. Change is inevitable—the question is always how, in the words of our new strategic plan, to seize the opportunities it presents to achieve our goals.
Stephen J. Friedman