Pace University is a private university in the New York metropolitan area with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York.
Pace's associated schools include:
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.[when?] 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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).
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 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, the Pace University Press, faculty offices, the University's bookstore, and classrooms. 41 Park Row also houses
the Haskins Laboratories, 2,700 square feet (251 m²) of Dr. Seymour H. Hutner, where medical experiments are held, like the Green tea extract study in the international media. 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).
The Willam Street buildings house classrooms, offices of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science & Information Systems, offices of the School of Education, 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 Center 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.
Classes began in Pleasantville in Westchester County, New York in 1963. 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.)
Located on the 180-acre (73 ha) 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 ha) hilltop campus in Briarcliff Manor, New York was added in 1977 when Pace acquired Briarcliff College - 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.
Located within 30 minutes of New York City's Grand Central Station, some 23 miles (40 km) north of Manhattan 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 number three in the nation in environmental law and ranked 142nd overall in US News and Word Report. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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. The Yonkers office of the Women's Justice Center is located at the Westchester Family Court, 53 South Broadway in Yonkers.
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 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 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.
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.
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. 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) 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 (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.
Notable graduates and former students at Pace include: