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Pace University

Pace University
Motto Opportunitas
Established 1906
Type Private, nonsectarian, co-educational
Endowment $157.3 million (2014)[1]
Chairman Mark M. Besca
President Stephen J. Friedman
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 12,772[2]
Undergraduates 8,928
Postgraduates 4,471 (778 law)
Location New York, NY
Westchester County
, New York, U.S.
Campus New York City: Urban
950,000 sq ft (88,258 m²)
Westchester: Suburban
243 acres (98 hectares)[3]
Colors Blue      and      Gold
Athletics NCAA Division II
NCAA Division I (Baseball) Northeast-10
Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC)
Sports 19 varsity teams
Nickname Setters
Mascot Setter
Website .edupace

Pace University is a private university in the New York metropolitan area with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York.


Pace University was ranked 173rd among national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2014.[4] In 2015, Pace University was ranked #19 in New York State by average professor salaries.[5]

Pace's associated schools include:


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, brothers Homer St. Clair Pace and Charles Ashford Pace founded the firm of Pace & Pace to operate their schools of accountancy and business. 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. The Paces taught the first class of 13 men and women. The school grew rapidly, and moved several times around Lower Manhattan.

The Pace brothers' school was soon incorporated as Pace Institute, and expanded nationwide, offering courses in accountancy and business law in several U.S. cities. Some 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. In the 1920s, concerned about quality control at distant locations, the Pace brothers divested their private schools outside New York and subsequently devoted their attention to the original school in lower Manhattan, eventually to become one of the campuses of Pace University.[7]

After Charles died in 1940 and Homer in 1942, Homer's son 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. In 1951, the college purchased its first campus building: 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 alumnus and trustee Wayne Marks and his wife Helen. The school is now celebrating their 50th anniversary.

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.[8]

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 Briarcliff campus. A graduate center was opened in 1982 in White Plains, New York, and in 1987 the Graduate Center moved to the newly built Westchester Financial Center complex in downtown business district of White Plains; 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.[9]

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.

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.[10]

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.[11]

On May 15, 2007, Pace University President David A. Caputo announced his early retirement from the presidency on June 3, 2007. 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.

Schools and colleges

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

  • The College of Health Professions (2011)(contains the Lienhard School of Nursing, 1966)
  • Dyson College of Arts & Sciences (1966)
  • Lubin School of Business (1906)
  • School of Education (1966)
  • School of Law (1976)
  • Seidenberg School of Computer Science & Information Systems (1983) - named in 2005 for Verizon Chairman/CEO & Pace alumnus, Ivan Seidenberg. Susan M. Merritt served as founding Dean from its inception in 1983 for 25 years - the longest of any dean at Pace.
  • Pforzheimer Honors College (2003)
  • Adult & Continuing Education (formerly known as University College 1979-1984; School of Continuing Education 1968-1979)
  • World Trade Institute of Pace University (purchased from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 1997 - originally located on the 55th floor of 1 World Trade Center until September 11, 2001, reopened in 2003, closed in 2005.)


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

One Pace Plaza and 41 Park Row
The lower portion of Maria's tower
A closer look on 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 and New York Downtown Hospital.

The campus is walking distance to well-known New York City sites including [12][13] where medical experiments are held, like the Green tea extract study in the international media.[14] 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 School of Education, the College of Health Professions, the university's 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

Dyson Hall, Pleasantville
Mortola Library at dusk, reflected on Choate pond, Pleasantville

Classes began in [18]

Located on the 180-acre (73 ha)[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,[19] the 50-acre (20 ha) hilltop campus in Briarcliff Manor 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 ha) in mid-Westchester County, New York. Frequent University shuttle service is provided between the two locations.

In April 2011, the Pleasantville campus opened the Marty McGuire Museum. The museum, named in honor of 2006 alumnus Martin "Marty" H. McGuire, who died in an August 2007 automobile accident, is located within the campus Environmental Center and is home to a living collection of wildlife exhibits.[20]

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[21] 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 ha) 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 fourth in the nation in environmental law and is ranked 140th overall by U.S. News & World Report.[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.[22][23] 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
Mortola Library, Pleasantville

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 Plains 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.[24]

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.[25] The Yonkers office of the Women's Justice Center is located at the Westchester Family Court, 53 South Broadway in Yonkers.[26]

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 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[27] (New York City’s largest free-to-the-public summer festival), and Grammy Career Day of Grammy in the Schools.[28] The Woodward Hall 135-seat theater at the campus at Briarcliff Manor in Westchester is home to the Hudson Stage Company.[29]


Pace's sports teams are called the Setters; the University's mascot is the Setter. Pace University sponsors fourteen intercollegiate varsity sports. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, lacrosse and swimming & diving; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, soccer, softball, swimming & diving and volleyball. Its affiliations include the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II, the Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10), and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). The school's official colors are blue and gold.


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

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.[30]

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.[31] 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)[32][33] 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[34] (now the Downtown Conference Center). A memorial[35] 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.[36]

Notable alumni

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.[37]

Notable graduates and former students at Pace include:

See also


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2014.
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c
  4. ^ a b c d
  5. ^
  6. ^ Pace University - Lubin School of Business, Lubin at a Glance: Points of Distinction
  7. ^ Pace Institute in The George Washington University), GWU Special Collections, Schools That are Now Part of GW. Retrieved August 9, 2006.
  8. ^ Pace University - Remembering Edward J. Mortola, accessed August 9, 2006. One Pace Plaza Groundbreaking, The New Campus. Retrieved August 9, 2006.
  9. ^
  10. ^ Bill Clinton's Speech, Pace University Centennial - Centennial Kick-Off Event. Retrieved August 9, 2006.
  11. ^ NASDAQ, Pace University - 10/6/2006, accessed April 16, 2007
  12. ^ Pace University - Haskins Laboratories. Retrieved August 9, 2006.
  13. ^ Haskins Laboratories at Pace University, Haskins Founder Dr. Seymour H. Hutner. Retrieved August 9, 2006.
  14. ^ Green Tea Extract Study at Haskins Laboratories at Pace University, Pace University - Press Room. Retrieved August 9, 2006.
  15. ^
  16. ^ Lower Manhattan: Fulton Street Transit Center. Retrieved August 9, 2006.
  17. ^
  18. ^ Choate House (New York)
  19. ^ [1]
  20. ^
  21. ^
  22. ^ New York State Unified Court System, New York State Judicial Institute. Retrieved August 9, 2006.
  23. ^ Dormitory Authority of the State of New York - News. Retrieved August 9, 2006.
  24. ^ 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
  25. ^ Westchester Family Court-Yonkers branch
  26. ^ Pace Women's Justice Center information
  27. ^
  28. ^ [2]
  29. ^
  30. ^ Pace Athletic Facilities. Retrieved August 9, 2006.
  31. ^
  32. ^ Specials, List of World Trade Center tenants. Retrieved August 9, 2006.
  33. ^ World Trade Center Tenant Relocation Summary, TenantWise - Special Report. Retrieved August 9, 2006.
  34. ^ History of Downtown Conference Center. Retrieved August 9, 2006.
  35. ^ [3]
  36. ^
  37. ^ Boris Fidelman CEO of Inter Panama & Dunhill Group LTD, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation - Benjamin Franklin. Retrieved August 9, 2006.
  38. ^ Yancy Butler at
  39. ^ Timothy Morehouse, USA Fencing. Accessed August 5, 2008.
  40. ^
  41. ^
  42. ^ National Baseball Hall of Fame - Board of Directors,

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

External links

  • Official website
  • Pace University Athletics website

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