The Pace University board of trustees has appointed Dean Stephen J. Friedman to the position of interim president, effective June 4, 2007.
Dean Friedman said, “I am honored to serve as interim president, and I look forward to working with the trustees, faculty, students, and administration to lead the process of change and growth at Pace.”
Dean Friedman, who has been dean and professor of law at Pace since 2004, has served as commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for capital markets policy, partner of Debevoise & Plimpton, and executive vice president and general counsel of both The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States and The E.F. Hutton Group. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School, where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review, and a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University. He served as law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.
Dean Friedman currently serves as a trustee and is the former president of the nonprofit Practising Law Institute, the largest provider of continuing legal education in the U.S., as a director of NYSE Regulation and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a former director of the National Association of Securities Dealers, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Refco, Inc. and Conrail.
Aniello A. Bianco, chairman of Pace’s board of trustees, said the board of trustees would work closely with Dean Friedman to deal with current opportunities and issues facing the university before moving to name a permanent successor to retiring president, Dr. David A. Caputo.
Professor Michelle Simon joined the Pace Law faculty in 1985. From 2001 to 2006, she was the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the law school and is the director of the Federal Judicial Extern Honors Program and the Legal Writing Program. Professor Simon teaches in the areas of criminal law, legal writing, and civil procedure. She has written extensively in all of those areas.