WAG spent a most pleasant afternoon talking to Stephen J. Friedman for our current issue.
We met with the seventh president of Pace University for an easygoing conversation on one of those windy-and-freezing days in early January.
Friedman hosted us in a conference room adjacent to his office on the 18th floor of One Pace Plaza on the school’s lower Manhattan complex.
His “love of education” was the reason we were there – our February issue being devoted to love – and his commitment to Pace was more than clear.
We spoke about his background, what brought him to Pace – and how it’s evolved since he rose from dean of the Pace University School of Law to its president in 2007. He was reappointed for a second five-year term by unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees in 2011.
Last week, Friedman, who lives in Manhattan and also has a home in Pound Ridge, confirmed that he will not request reappointment at the end of his current term, in June of 2017.
In a press release, Mark Besca, chairman of Pace University’s Board of Trustees, praised Friedman.
“Stephen Friedman is a transformational figure who, from day one, had a keen sense of the University’s potential and a visionary plan to achieve it. Throughout two remarkable terms as president, he has demonstrated passionate advocacy for our students and worked tirelessly to position Pace for a bold and bright future.”
In his own letter to the Pace community, Friedman said in part, “As much as has been accomplished, more remains to be done. We now have a strong base in curriculum, strategic initiatives, faculty and administration that will be a springboard to what I firmly believe will be a truly great future for Pace University. My intention is to leave to my successor a firm foundation on which to build the next layers of growth and success for this wonderful university.”
We here at WAG wish Friedman every success as he finishes his 10 years as president – and in whatever the future holds after that.
For more, visit pace.edu. – Mary Shustack