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Welcoming Pace’s Eighth President

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“Pace reflects the dynamism—the great sense of striving to better one’s self, one’s community, and one’s country—that is the essence of the American experience.”—President-elect Marvin Krislov, during visits to each of Pace’s three campuses in February 2017.

Marvin Krislov, president of Oberlin College since 2007, has been unanimously elected the eighth president of Pace University, announced Mark M. Besca ’81, chairman of the Board of Trustees. Krislov will take office on August 1, 2017, succeeding Stephen J. Friedman, who announced in February 2016 that he planned to step down after 13 years with Pace, including the last 10 as president.

“Our mission is voiced in the motto, Opportunitas, and Marvin embodies it. He is the ideal person to lead Pace into a new era of growth and build on the renewal and revitalization that Pace has experienced under Steve Friedman,” said Besca.

“I am honored to be chosen to lead Pace University during this exciting period of growth and revitalization as the University advances its position as one of the nation’s foremost institutions in fostering the leaders of tomorrow. Pace’s commitment to access and pathways to success for students inspires me. I look forward to joining a community of scholars and leaders who are dedicated to academic excellence and who have such a powerful impact on so many lives,” adds Krislov.

Krislov comes to Pace after a transformational 10 years leading Oberlin. During his leadership, Oberlin became more inclusive, strengthened its academic programs, improved student outcomes, created new career opportunities for faculty and staff, expanded fundraising and alumni participation, and improved its campus facilities. He also taught advanced courses in law and public policy every semester.

Prior to Oberlin, Krislov served as vice president and general counsel at the University of Michigan, leading the legal defense of its admission policies which resulted in the 2003 Supreme Court decision recognizing the importance of student body diversity. Krislov served in the U.S. Department of Labor as acting solicitor from 1997–1998 and for two years before that as deputy solicitor of national operations. He had previously served as associate counsel in the Office of Counsel to the President.

Krislov earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Yale University in 1982, and was named a Rhodes Scholar. He earned master’s degrees at Oxford University and Yale, and a juris doctor degree at Yale Law School in 1988.