NEW YORK, Feb. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pace University president Stephen J. Friedman was selected by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as the 2016 recipient of the CASE District II Chief Executive Leadership Award. The award recognizes a District II member institution head, president, chancellor or system head, or other campus CEO for outstanding efforts in promoting the understanding and support of education.
"I am deeply honored to receive this important award as Pace is in the midst of an extraordinary period of renewal and growth," said President Friedman. "The results of our efforts in development, in academic renewal, in enrollment, in finance, and across the University have been dramatic. Leading those efforts has been for me the most challenging and gratifying experience of my life."
Nominees are required to demonstrate the ability to create vision and inspire others; establish a positive image of his or her institution's stature in the community; and encourage innovations and risk-taking among employees. The nominee also must be an active participant in significant advancement efforts.
President Friedman's leadership has been marked by significant growth and renewal for the University, which has witnessed large scale transformation on both its New York City and Pleasantville campuses. New residence halls, an expanded student center, a new performing arts building, renovated science labs, and new clinical education labs for the health professions are some of the most visible changes to result from Friedman's bold vision. In addition, enrollment has grown dramatically and continues on an upward trend with this year's incoming class of undergraduate and international students being the biggest it has been in 15 years. Internship and job placement rates have also increased under Friedman, who has helped Pace build one of the largest internship placement programs in the New York metropolitan area.
"As Chairman of the Pace University Board of Trustees, I've benefited from President Friedman's unwavering belief in the power of education and his fervent desire to help young men and women realize their dreams," Chairman Mark Besca said in his nomination letter for Friedman. "Under his leadership Pace has expanded its historic commitment to provide students from all economic backgrounds with a liberal arts education and career preparation."
CASE District II is a regional organization of advancement professionals in the areas of alumni relations, communications, and philanthropy. District II includes universities from Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ontario, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
About CASE: The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas.
CASE was founded in 1974 and maintains headquarters in Washington, D.C., with offices in London (CASE Europe, 1994), Singapore (CASE Asia-Pacific, 2007) and Mexico City (CASE America Latina, 2011).
Today, CASE's membership includes more than 3,600 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and nonprofit organizations in nearly 77 countries around the globe. This makes CASE one of the world's largest nonprofit educational associations in terms of institutional membership. CASE serves nearly 78,000 advancement professionals on the staffs of its member institutions and has more than 16,000 professional members on its roster.
About Pace University: Pace University is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law and College of Health Professions. http://www.pace.edu.
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