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Pace University
Motto Opportunitas
Established 1906
Type Private, nonsectarian, co-educational
Endowment $93.0 million[1]
Chairman Aniello A. Bianco
President Stephen J. Friedman,
Provost Dr. Geoffrey L. Brackett, interim
Faculty 1,238
Staff 1,527
Students 14,177[2]
Undergraduates 8,928
Postgraduates 4,471 (778 law)
Location New York, NY
Westchester County
Campus New York City: Urban
950,000 sq ft (88,258 m²)
Westchester: Suburban
243 acres (98 hectares)[3]
Colors Blue and Gold            
Mascot Setter
Athletics 19 varsity teams
Affiliations National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Baseball, NCAA Division II, Northeast-10 Conference, and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC)

Pace University is a private, co-educational, and comprehensive multi-campus university in the New York metropolitan area with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York. Pace was founded by two brothers, Homer S. Pace and Charles A. Pace, in 1906, initially as a preparatory school for the C.P.A exam.



The environmental law program at the Pace University School of Law has received national accolades from the annual report on law schools done by US News and World Report and The Princeton Review; it ranks number three in the nation in environmental law.[4]

Similarly, the graduate program of the family nurse practitioner in the Lienhard School of Nursing is ranked in the top ten such programs nationally, and has only two top-tier peers in the northeast United States -- (Yale and Columbia).[5]

The Lubin School of Business is among fewer than three percent of business schools internationally with dual accreditation from AACSB International, which is regarded as being the most prestigious business accreditations worldwide. The MBA program has recently ranked among the top 20 regional, part-time MBA programs, according to US News & World Report, while the undergraduate business program ranks among the top 50 private university business programs in the country and among the top four undergraduate business programs in New York City.[6]

Furthermore, the only Actors Studio MFA program in the United States is located at Pace.[7] Pace University's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts is home to the television show Inside the Actors Studio hosted by James Lipton, and previously to the late Tony Randall's National Actors Theatre.


Pace Brothers
The first home of Pace in 1906: a rented classroom in the New York Tribune building on Park Row in Manhattan - today the site of the building complex of One Pace Plaza. 41 Park Row is to the right.

In 1906, the Pace brothers founded the firm of Pace & Pace to operate their schools of accountancy and business. The first class of Pace & Pace was composed of thirteen men and women who were taught by Homer St. Clair Pace and Charles Ashford Pace. Taking a loan of $600, the Pace brothers rented a classroom on one of the floors of the New York Tribune building, today the site of the One Pace Plaza complex. Due to rapid growth over the succeeding years, the school was forced to relocate several times around the Lower Manhattan area.

The Pace brothers' school was soon incorporated as Pace Institute. In addition to its school in New York, the Pace Institute expanded nationwide featuring courses in accountancy and business law in a number of cities throughout the United States. 4,000 students were taking the Pace brothers' courses in YMCAs in the New York-New Jersey area. The Pace Standardized Course in Accounting was also offered in Boston, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, Kansas City, St. Louis, Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle. Eventually, concerned about quality control at distant locations, in the 1920s the Pace brothers divested themselves of their private schools outside New York in order to devote their full attention to the original school in lower Manhattan, eventually to become one of the campuses of Pace University.[8]

Taking on the legacy after the death of his uncle Charles and father Homer (in 1940 and 1942 respectively), Robert S. Pace became the president of Pace. In 1947, Pace Institute was approved for college status by the New York State Board of Regents. Then, in 1951 the college purchased its first campus building located at 41 Park Row in Lower Manhattan. This building, designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in March 1999, was the 19th-century headquarters of The New York Times. In 1963 the Pleasantville campus was established using land and buildings donated by the then-president of General Foods and Pace alumni and trustee Wayne Marks and his wife Helen.

In 1966, U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey and New York City Mayor John Lindsay broke ground for the One Pace Plaza Civic Center complex, with then Pace president Edward J. Mortola. The former New York Tribune building at 154 Nassau Street, across from 41 Park Row, was demolished to make way for the new building complex.[9]

The New York State Board of Regents approved Pace College's petition for university status in 1973. Shortly thereafter, in 1975, the College of White Plains (formerly known as Good Counsel College) consolidated with Pace and became the White Plains campus which at the time was used to house both undergraduate courses and Pace's new law school created in that same year. In September 1976, Pace began offering courses in Midtown Manhattan in the Equitable Life Assurance Company building (now AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company) on Avenue of the Americas, and moved once before moving to its current location in 1997. Briarcliff College was acquired in 1977 and became the Braircliff campus. A graduate center was opened in 1982 in White Plains, and in 1987 the Graduate Center moved to the newly-built Westchester Financial Center complex in downtown business district of White Plains, New York; which at the time of its opening, Pace's graduate computer science program was the first nationally accredited graduate program in the state of New York[10].

In 1994, all undergraduate programs in White Plains were consolidated to the Pleasantville-Briarcliff campus, and the White Plains campus on North Broadway was given to the law school; resulting in the University's Westchester undergraduate programs in Pleasantville and its Westchester graduate programs in White Plains. Finally in 1997, Pace purchased the World Trade Institute at 1 World Trade Center from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton,
Pace University Centennial, 2006

The year 2006 marked Pace University's Centennial. On March 5, 2006, Pace students, alumni, faculty, and staff from all campuses convened on the Pleasantville campus in a University-wide Centennial Kick-Off Celebration; there was a Pace Centennial train, provided free of charge by the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority), to take Pace's New York City students, alumni, faculty and staff to Pace's Pleasantville campus. Former President Bill Clinton received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Pace during the ceremony, which was held at the Goldstein Health, Fitness and Recreation Center. Following reception of the honorary degree, he addressed the students, faculty, alumni and staff of Pace, officially kicking off the Centennial anniversary of the University.[11]

Since her last visit in celebration of Black History Month in 1989, Dr. Maya Angelou again visited the Pace community on October 4, 2006 in celebration of Pace's Centennial. Two days later, on October 6, 2006, (Pace's Founders Day) Pace University rang the NASDAQ stock market opening bell in Midtown Manhattan to mark the end of the 14-month centennial celebration.[12]

On May 15, 2007, Pace University President David A. Caputo announced his early retirement from the presidency on June 3, 2007. President Caputo retired due to student protests earlier in the semester that called for his resignation. He was accused of paying himself the same salary as the year before, while at the same time cutting classes and initiating a hiring freeze. Students also inquired about the budget decisions of the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees of Pace University appointed Pace Law School dean Stephen J. Friedman to the position of interim president. Friedman has been dean and professor of law at Pace since 2004. He has also served as commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission and as co-chairman of Debevoise & Plimpton. Chairman of the board of trustees Aniello A. Bianco said the board of trustees would work closely with Dean Friedman to deal with current opportunities and issues facing the university before moving to name a permanent successor to Dr. Caputo. The University's adjuncts were officially recognized as a bargaining unit in 2004 under the auspices of the United Federation of Teachers, but a contact has not yet be reached.

Schools and colleges

The University consists of the following schools each with a graduate and undergraduate division:


Pace University campuses are located in New York City and Westchester County, in Pleasantville, Briarcliff Manor, and White Plains. The University's shuttle service provides transportation between the New York City, White Plains, and Pleasantville-Briarcliff campuses. Furthermore, Pace University has a high school located just ten blocks away from the University's New York City campus (see Pace University High School).


New York City

See also: One Pace Plaza and Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
One Pace Plaza and 41 Park Row
The lower portion of Maria's tower

The New York City campus, the birthplace of Pace, is located in the Civic Center of lower Manhattan, next to the Financial District. Also the campus is next to New York Downtown Hospital.

A closer look on Maria's tower

The campus is walking distance to well-known New York City sites including Wall Street, the World Trade Center, World Financial Center, South Street Seaport,Chinatown and Little Italy. Pace has about 950,000 square feet (88,258 m²) of space in Lower Manhattan. The main building, One Pace Plaza, is a two-square-block building bounded by Gold, Nassau, Spruce, and Frankfort Streets, directly adjacent to the Manhattan entrance ramp of the Brooklyn Bridge. Located directly across from City Hall, the One Pace Plaza complex houses most of the classrooms, administrative offices, a 2,000 square foot (186 m²) student union, a 750-seat community theater, and an 18-floor high-rise residence hall (known as "Maria's Tower"). 41 Park Row was the 19th-century headquarters of The New York Times, and carrying on that legacy the building today houses the campus' student newspaper The Pace Press, as well as student organization offices, faculty offices, the University's bookstore, and classrooms. 41 Park Row also houses

the Haskins Laboratories, 2,700 square feet (251 m²) of the late Dr. Seymour H. Hutner[13][14], where medical experiments are held, like the Green tea extract study in the international media[15]. The buildings of 157 William Street, 161 William Street, and 163 William Street were acquired by Pace following the September 11 attacks to make up for loss of the entire 55th floor, 45,943 square feet (4,268.2 m2), in the North Tower of the World Trade Center which used to house Pace University's World Trade Institute and World Trade Conference Center (See the section below entitled September 11, 2001).

Maria's Tower of One Pace Plaza

The Willam Street buildings house classrooms, offices of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science & Information Systems, the university's business incubators, along with Pace's Downtown Conference Center where the e.MBA residency sessions are held (Pace also has leased office space in 156 William Street). One block away from the site of the future Fulton Street Transit Center[16] is one of Pace's own residence halls known as "Fulton Hall", the former Fulton Plaza Hotel on 106 Fulton Street. Pace also leases residence accommodations at the new state-of-the-art residence 55 John Street also in lower Manhattan, and at the Hotel St. George in nearby prominent Brooklyn Heights right across the East River; frequent University shuttle service is provided between the campus and the Brooklyn Heights student residence. Pace also offers classes in midtown Manhattan in the art deco Fred F. French Building on at 551 Fifth Avenue; a few blocks away from places such as Grand Central Terminal, Bryant Park, Times Square, Radio City Music Hall, and Rockefeller Center. It is a popular location which offers flexibility and convenience to students who live or work in midtown and for students commuting from the borough of Queens.


Pleasantville-Briarcliff campus

See also: Choate House (New York)
Mortola Library at dusk, reflected on Choate pond, Pleasantville

Classes began in Westchester County in Pleasantville, New York in 1963. [1] The campus today consists of the former estate of then Vice Chairman of General Foods Corporation, Wayne Marks (Class of 1928) - previously belonging to 18th century noted physician Dr. George C. S. Choate (who gave his name to a pond and a house on the campus.)[17]

Located on the 180 acre (73 hectares)[3] campus is the Environmental Center - it was constructed around the remnants of a 1779 farmhouse. The center, which is dedicated to the environmental studies program, provides office and classroom space; the original barn and stable still exist and house the University's animals such as chicken, goats, sheep, reptiles, raptors, and various small animals. Adjacent to the Trump National Golf Club, the 50 acre (20 hectares) hilltop campus in Briarcliff Manor, New York was added in 1977 when Pace acquired Briarcliff College[3] - residence halls, recreational facilities, and administrative offices are also located there. Separated by the adjacent highways of the Taconic State Parkway and Route 9A/Briarcliff-Peekskill Parkway, the Pleasantville and Briarcliff Manor locations are administered as a unit making the Pleasantville-Briarcliff campus a total of 230 acres (93 hectares) in mid-Westchester County, New York. Frequent University shuttle service is provided between the two locations.

White Plains campus

School of Law

Located within 30 minutes of New York City's Grand Central Station, some 23 miles (40 km) north of Manhattan[18] in White Plains, New York in Westchester County is Pace University School of Law. Nestled in between the Cross-Westchester Expressway (I-287) and NY Route 22 (North Broadway), the Law School is situated on a spacious 13 acre (5.3 hectares) landscaped suburban campus with a mix of historic and modern buildings. Founded in 1976, Pace Law School is the only law school located between New York City and the state capital of Albany, New York, 136 miles (219 km) away. The School of Law ranks number three in the nation in environmental law[4]. On the Law School's campus is the nationally recognized Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic where Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, and alumnus of Pace, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. serves as Co-Director. Also on the campus is the New York State Judicial Institute, the United States' first statewide center for training and research for all judges and justices of the New York State Unified Court System[19][20][21]. Frequent Pace shuttle service is provided between the Law School campus and the White Plains Station of the Metro-North Railroad for many law students who commute from New York City and throughout the state. Stephen J. Friedman, former commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission and former co-chairman of Debevoise & Plimpton, is the immediate past dean of Pace Law School.

Graduate Center
Pace University Graduate Center in downtown White Plains

Also located in White Plains, New York, several blocks away from Pace Law School, is the site of the Graduate Center in White Plain's downtown business district. The Graduate Center is located in a 15-story building in the tree-filled plaza of the Westchester Financial Center, which is located diagonally across the street from the White Plains Station of the Metro-North Railroad. Pace University graduate students in both New York City and in the Graduate Center in White Plains represent 47 states, 58 countries, and 2 U.S. territories. The Center houses programs in business, education, computer science and information systems, and public administration; with its own library specifically geared toward graduate students. Being located in the county seat of Westchester County in White Plain's downtown business district, the Graduate Center is nearby the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the Westchester County Courthouse, Trump Tower City Center, White Plains Performing Arts Center, the Westchester County Center arena, The Westchester, The Source At White Plains, the Galleria at White Plains, and the White Plains Mall; including regional offices of IBM, Verizon, The Bank of New York, The Journal News, New York Power Authority, and United States Postal Service District Office.

Other properties

Pace University High School

Pace University established a public high school and opened its doors to its first class in September 2004. Pace High School is in New York City school district Region 9, and shares a building with Middle School 131 at 100 Hester Street in lower Manhattan, 10 blocks away from the university's New York City campus.

SCI² business incubators
In the fall of 2004, Pace University opened two business incubators to help early-stage companies grow in New York City in Lower Manhattan and Yonkers. SCI², (which stands for Second Century Innovation and Ideas, Corp.) maintains accelerator sites in 163 William Street in Lower Manhattan and in the 116,000 square foot (10,777 m²) NValley Technology Center complex at 470 Nepperhan Avenue in Yonkers.[22] Visit the website at

Women's Justice Center at the Westchester County Family Court-Yonkers
In 2001, the Women's Justice Center of Pace Law School opened a second site at the Westchester County Family Court in Yonkers, New York (the first being on the law school campus at the 27 Crane Avenue house). The Westchester County Family Court in Yonkers is one of three family courts in Westchester County[23]. The Yonkers office of the Women's Justice Center is located at the Westchester Family Court, 53 South Broadway in Yonkers.[24] Visit the website at

Shanghai MS accounting program
Pace University offers the Master of Science in Accounting to Chinese students in Shanghai, China's largest city. All instruction takes place at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE) and taught by Pace University professors in Shanghai. Established in 1917, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics is recognized as one of the leading business institutions in China; it was one of the first Chinese higher education institutions authorized to award master and doctorate degrees in economics and management science and MBA degrees.[25]

Theater and the arts

The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts is the principal theatre of Pace University and is located at the University's New York City campus in Lower Manhattan. The 750-seat Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts is home the television show Inside the Actors Studio hosted by James Lipton and previously the home of the National Actors Theatre, a theatre company founded by the late actor Tony Randall who was in residence. The National Actors Theatre was the only professional theatre company housed in a university in New York City. Theater productions at Pace have included such stars as Tony Randall, Al Pacino, Steve Buscemi, Dominic Chianese, Billy Crudup, Charles Durning, Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Chazz Palminteri, Linda Emond, Len Cariou, Roberta Maxwell, and Jeff Goldblum. Pace is also one of the venues for the Tribeca Film Festival, the Tribeca Theater Festival, the New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) the River-to-River Festival (New York City’s largest free-to-the-public summer festival), and Grammy Career Day of Grammy in the Schools. The Woodward Hall 135-seat theater at the campus at Briarcliff Manor in Westchester is home to the Hudson Stage Company.


Pace's sports teams are called the Setters; the University's mascot is the Setter. Pace University sponsors nineteen intercollegiate varsity sports. Its affiliations include the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II, Northeast Ten Conference, and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). The school's official colors are blue and gold.

Pace's athletic facilities are highlighted by the 29,000 square foot (6,968 m²) Goldstein Health, Fitness and Recreation Center in Pleasantville, New York, which boasts a 2400-seat arena, eight-lane swimming pool, weight/fitness room, aerobics/dance room, training room, locker rooms, equipment room, meeting rooms, and offices of the athletics department.[26]

School song

"Acrobat in the Ring", sculpture by Chaim Gross, New York City Campus

The alma mater of Pace University was written by Ivan Fox '54. The lyrics to the song are as follows:

Alma Mater, hearts and voices sing to thee our everlasting praise;
Each and every heart rejoices at the thought of happy days.
Pace, Oh Pace, we'll ne'er forget you, nor the friends we hold so dear;
Memories will linger ever and will brighten coming years.
Alma Mater, stand forever, love is strong as we go marching by;
So thee, we raise our voices with your standard held on high.
Pace, Oh Pace, we'll ever follow where thy beacons show the way;
True to thee we'll be forever as we labor day by day.

September 11, 2001

On the day of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Pace University, four blocks from Ground Zero, lost 4 students and over 40 alumni. On September 11, 2001, students were made to leave classes and evacuate to other locations in One Pace Plaza at 10:00 AM. The New York City EMT cleared out the Admissions Lobby and made it into a triage center for victims of the attack[2]. Many of the patients were New York City police officers, firefighters and other emergency workers. Debris and about three inches of dust and ashes laid over the Pace New York City campus area and local streets. None of Pace's buildings were damaged except in the World Trade Center; Pace lost the entire 55th floor, 45,943 square feet (4,268.2 m2)[27][28] in the North Tower of the World Trade Center which used to house Pace University's World Trade Institute and the Pace University World Trade Conference Center[29] (now the Downtown Conference Center). A memorial to students and alumni who lost their lives on 9/11 stands on all three campuses of Pace University. A gift from the American Kennel Club, a statue of a German Shepherd dog stands in front of One Pace Plaza (as of Fall 2007) to commemorate Pace's support as a triage center on 9/11 [3]. Click here to read the first issue of The Pace Press (New York City campus student newspaper) printed after 9/11.

Notable Persons

Notable graduates and former students at Pace include:

Bronze statue of Benjamin Franklin holding a copy of the Pennsylvania Gazette by Ernst Plassman, commissioned as a gift to the City of New York from Albert De Groot in 1872 when the area was known as Printing House Square, corner of Pace Plaza, (Park Row and Spruce Street), New York City campus.[33]

Further reading

  • Weigold, Marilyn E. Opportunitas: The History of Pace University. New York, NY: Pace University Press, 1991.
  • History of Pace University as told by Pace University Historian Marilyn E. Weigold.
  • The Pace Story

See also

Dyson Hall, Pleasantville


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved March 4, 2010. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c "Briarcliff Students Return to a College Soon to Join Pace U.". Retrieved 2007-01-02. 
  4. ^ a b "US News and World Report, Law Specialties: Environmental Law". Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  5. ^ "NewsLine for Nurse Practitioner". Retrieved 2007-05-27. 
  6. ^ Pace University - Lubin School of Business, Lubin at a Glance: Points of Distinction
  7. ^ Actors Studio MFA, Pace University - Actors Studio MFA, accessed August 9, 2006
  8. ^ Pace Institute in Troy, Michigan became Walsh College in 1922, History Highlights, accessed August 9, 2006; and Pace Institute in Washington, D.C. later became Benjamin Franklin University (now part of The George Washington University), GWU Special Collections, Schools That are Now Part of GW, accessed August 9, 2006.
  9. ^ Pace University - Remembering Edward J. Mortola, accessed August 9, 2006. One Pace Plaza Groundbreaking, The New Campus, accessed August 9, 2006
  10. ^ "New York Times: Pace Expansion". Retrieved 2007-01-02. 
  11. ^ Bill Clinton's Speech, Pace University Centennial - Centennial Kick-Off Event, accessed August 9, 2006
  12. ^ NASDAQ, Pace University - 10/6/2006, accessed April 16, 2007
  13. ^ Pace University - Haskins Laboratories, accessed August 9, 2006
  14. ^ Haskins Laboratories at Pace University, Haskins Founder Dr. Seymour H. Hutner, accessed August 9, 2006
  15. ^ Green Tea Extract Study at Haskins Laboratories at Pace University, Pace University - Press Room, accessed August 9, 2006
  16. ^ Lower Manhattan: Fulton Street Transit Center, accessed August 9, 2006
  17. ^ Choate House (New York)
  18. ^ "Metro-North Railroad Stations: White Plains". Retrieved 2006-12-30. 
  19. ^ New York State Unified Court System, New York State Judicial Institute, accessed August 9, 2006
  20. ^ Colleges & Grad Schools, New York State Judicial Institute Opens at Pace University School of Law, accessed August 9, 2006
  21. ^ Dormitory Authoriy of the State of New York - News, accessed August 9, 2006
  22. ^ News 12 Westchester: Pace University opens new organization to help businesses grow in Yonkers; Pace University News Release: Ribbon cutting and tour of Pace SCI² Incubator at nValley
  23. ^ Westchester Family Court-Yonkers branch
  24. ^ Pace Women's Justice Center information
  25. ^ Pace Expands in China, accessed August 10, 2006
  26. ^ Pace Athletic Facilities, accessed August 9, 2006
  27. ^ Specials, List of World Trade Center tenants, accessed August 9, 2006
  28. ^ WTC Tenant Relocation Summary, TenantWise - Special Report, accessed August 9, 2006
  29. ^ History of Downtown Conference Center, accessed August 9, 2006
  30. ^ National Baseball Hall of Fame - Board of Directors
  31. ^ Rent National Tour
  32. ^ Yancy Bulter at
  33. ^ Boris Fidelman CEO of Inter Panama & Dunhill Group LTDNew York City Department of Parks & Recreation - Benjamin Franklin, accessed August 9, 2006

External links

Mortola Library, Pleasantville


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