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Welcome, Dean Grimes

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Pace University has appointed Tresmaine R. Grimes, PhD, as dean of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education, effective August 3. We are excited to welcome Dean Grimes to the Pace Community.

Pace University is excited to announce the appointment of Tresmaine R. Grimes, PhD, as dean of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education.

In appointing Grimes in a dual role of serving as the new dean of Dyson and the School of Education, President Marvin Krislov cited the native New Yorker’s impressive background in higher education; her steadfast belief in the power of education to transform lives; and her commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout her career.

“Dean Grimes is a student-focused leader with strong commitments to research, scholarship, and student success,” said Pace President Marvin Krislov. “A first-generation college student passionate about supporting other first-gen students and a dedicated mentor to generations of students and colleagues, she has the vision to guide Dyson College and the School of Education into a strong future.”

Grimes was born in Brooklyn and raised in Manhattan. She was the first generation in her family to earn a college degree after a high school guidance counselor saw potential and encouraged her to apply to college. She excelled on campus and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University with a double-major in Afro-American Studies and Psychology. She then pursued her studies at The New School for Social Research where she received a Master of Arts in Psychology, and later earned a Master of Philosophy and doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Grimes’ rise in higher education is equally as impressive: Her career began at South Carolina State University as a member of the Psychology and Sociology Department. During her nine-year tenure at SC State, Grimes served as chair of the department for four years. In 2000, she joined the faculty of Iona College as an adjunct professor of psychology, and worked her way to become a tenured associate professor of psychology. Seven years later, Grimes was promoted to Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Iona College, a position she held eight years. After Iona, she went to Bloomfield College where she served as Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty and a psychology professor for four years.

In joining the leadership at Pace University, Grimes said she’s excited to fulfill its mission of Opportunitas, and to guide students along a path to academic, professional, and personal success. She looks forward to mentoring students and faculty alike so that they can think, learn, grow, and adapt in a constantly changing global marketplace. 

“Education provides us with an opportunity to move beyond our own boundaries and, at times, our self-imposed limitations,” Grimes said. “I’ve had so many opportunities in education and beyond because someone saw something in me. As an educator, I believe it’s my responsibility to open doors for others and encourage people to appreciate the process of learning. I’m so excited to be joining the Pace community.”