Dean`s Message

Dean Nira Herrmann, PhD

“We are looking forward to a new academic year that promises a great future for Pace and for Dyson: our fall enrollments are up, based on students placing a deposit to come to Pace, and there is great excitement in the air about our brightening future.”
— Dean Nira Herrmann, PhD

Summer is the transitional time of year for Dyson and this year is no exception. We are looking back at an academic year that was exciting (we publicly announced our $100 million Capital Campaign with $62 million already committed!) and difficult (our enrollments fell, creating a budget deficit). We are also looking forward to a new academic year that promises a great future for Pace and for Dyson: our fall enrollments are up, based on students placing a deposit to come to Pace, and there is great excitement in the air about our brightening future.

As you may have heard, there is new leadership at Pace: President David A. Caputo retired in June and plans to spend the coming year on sabbatical leave before returning to Pace as a full time faculty member.

Stephen J. Friedman, dean of the Pace University School of Law, will serve as interim president. I am confident that Dean Friedman's experience and distinguished service at Pace and in his previous positions will serve him well as we look forward to continuing to build our programs and attracting high-caliber students.

Dyson College has followed a growth trend in enrollments since 2000. One in four students enrolled at Pace is a Dyson major, up from one in five just five years ago. We attribute this growth to the wide range of exciting multi-disciplinary programs and enhanced traditional arts and sciences programs developed by Dyson faculty and their abiding interest in interacting with and mentoring our students. Some of those programs, faculty and students are showcased in this issue; past stories can be found in our archives.

To support these excellent efforts by our faculty and students, we are actively participating in the Capital Campaign. You can read all about our fund-raising progress and plans on the Pace Web site. Dyson has made great strides in achieving the College’s goals with the help and hard work of Adrienne Capps, Dyson’s director of development, so I am very sad to report that she will be leaving Pace on August 24. Adrienne will be moving to California and I know she would be thrilled to hear from you before she leaves and happy to discuss how you can help us reach our goal. She can be contacted at acapps@pace.edu or (212) 346-1907. We wish her every success!

I hope you are having a wonderful summer and eagerly look forward to seeing everyone back on campus in September. We’re ready with rolled-up sleeves to work hard toward the continued success of Dyson College’s programs, faculty, staff, and students.

— Dean Nira Herrmann