Letter From the President
When the Class of 2013 marched at this year’s New York City undergraduate ceremonies they were joined by a very special guest, Rudy Accarino, Pace Class of 1952. Although he graduated from Pace, Mr. Accarino never had the chance to attend his own Commencement because he was called to serve his country in the Korean War first. Sixty years later, Mr. Accarino and his family traveled to Radio City Music Hall, so that he could finally experience the thrill of marching with his fellow Pace graduates. As I shared Mr. Accarino’s story with the members of the Class of 2013, their rousing cheers filled the Hall because they understood, at their heart’s core, how much that day meant to him. It meant the same to all of them.
Whether you graduated a few years ago or 60 years ago, I hope your Pace degree means the same to you—and I hope you continue to enjoy a relationship with Pace that is just as rich and meaningful as it was during your years as a student. (After all, by far the larger portion of your relationship with Pace will be as an alumnus or alumna.) There are so many ways you can continue to benefit from your relationship to Pace. Pursue lifelong learning through our continuing and professional education programs, tap into the incredible resource that is our Career Services office, attend your reunions and other alumni events, and keep in close contact with your Pace friends and professors. As I said to the graduating Class of 2013, “In the years ahead, your life will grow and change in ways that you cannot imagine today, but Pace will remain constant. Pace will be part of your life for the rest of your life.”
To celebrate our lifelong community, the University has established a wonderful new tradition with the Spirit of Pace Awards Dinner, an event whose proceeds support vital student scholarships and other projects. At the inaugural dinner, held on June 26 at the Central Park Zoo, we honored several distinguished individuals who exemplify the great Pace spirit, including a remarkable group of Pace alumnae who were the first women to graduate from the Graduate Management Program for Women. Since their Commencement, these Pace pioneers have achieved impressive professional success while also setting an inspiring example for the entire University. They have made a priority of staying connected with one another and with Pace and we were proud to celebrate them, along with their fellow honorees Distinguished Pace Professor of Economics Michael Szenberg, PhD, and Andrew Mathias, President of SL Green Realty Corp.
I cannot think of anyone who radiates more Pace spirit than Aniello A. Bianco ’61, who recently retired from serving as Chair of the Pace University Board of Trustees after 14 years of outstanding leadership. During his chairmanship, and his 44 years as a Board member, Neil was a driving force behind much of the momentum that Pace is enjoying today, including a stronger financial foundation, increased enrollment, new academic programs that are garnering national attention, and significant improvements to our campus environments. His love of Pace remains boundless and his contributions to our community will be felt for generations to come. I hope you enjoy the University’s tribute to Neil, which appears in this issue, and I thank you for showing your great Pace spirit as well.
Stephen J. Friedman