NEW YORK -- Marvin Krislov, president of Oberlin College since 2007, has been elected the eighth president of Pace University, according to a recent statement released by the university.
“On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, I am pleased to welcome Marvin Krislov as the next president of Pace,” said Mark M. Besca ’81, chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Krislov will begin his duties as president on Aug. 1, 2017. Krislov, 56, will succeed Stephen J. Friedman, 78, who announced in February 2016 that he planned to step down after 13 years with Pace, including the last 10 as president.
“I am honored to be chosen to lead Pace University during this exciting period of growth and revitalization," said Krislov. "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.”
Krislov comes to Pace as the university is in the midst of a remarkable transformation. Pace recently announced a $190 million plan for enhancements at the university’s lower Manhattan campus.
In addition to extensive renovations on the Pleasantville campus, Friedman's tenure as president has seen enrollment rise and recent studies have shown that a large segment of alumni out-earn their parents and peers. Additionally, Friedman's administration spearheaded the creation of Pace Path, an innovative four-year educational program which combines academics with real-world experience.
The selection process for a new president began last March and was led by a 15-member search committee representing trustees, faculty, administrators, alumni, benefactors and students. “Marvin was the committee’s first and unanimous choice among the many highly qualified candidates we interviewed during our search process," said Richard F. Zannino ’84, vice chairman of the Board of Trustees.
During Krislov's 10 year tenure, Oberlin became more inclusive, strengthened academic programs, improved student outcomes, created new career opportunities for faculty and staff, expanded fundraising and alumni participation and improved its campus facilities.
Prior to Oberlin, Krislov served as vice president and general counsel for the University of Michigan since 1998. Krislov served in the U.S. Department of Labor as acting solicitor from 1997–1998 and as deputy solicitor of national operations for two years prior. Krislov earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1982, and was named a Rhodes Scholar. He earned master’s degrees at the University of Oxford and Yale, and in 1988 earned a juris doctor degree from Yale Law School.
“Pace plays an essential role in the realization of individual dreams of achievement," said Besca. "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."
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