As you all have most certainly realized, the 2013-2014 school year has come to close. We’d like to wish a hearty congratulations to all our graduates; well done, each and every one of you. We couldn’t be prouder of all the things you have accomplished in your time at Seidenberg. While we celebrate the newest group of alumni, we must also celebrate another cause: the end of Dr. Namchul Shin’s term as Provost Faculty Fellow for NYC. Faculty fellows bring an important faculty perspective to university-wide planning and implementation processes; Dr. Shin has been Fellow for the current term, running from September 2012 to June 2014.
During his time as Faculty Fellow, Dr. Shin has worked closely with the Provost, Professor Uday Sukhatme, constructing and launching the Augmented Pace Action Plan, which has been improving Pace’s academic programs, cultural community, and the visibility of Pace’s future, as well as creating a more efficient infrastructure of the university. The APAP has been rooted in Pace’s current 5-year plan, running from 2010-2015.
Concerning different areas of Pace, from research to scholarly activities, from retention to campus identities — a number of different initiatives have begun during this past term with Dr. Shin. The changes needed to keep adding to Pace’s continual improvement are difficult to initiate, but with Dr. Shin’s hard work and enthusiasm added to that of the Provost’s, many of these changes are thriving, and will continue to grow throughout the upcoming term.
Dr. Shin offers a few closing words in retrospect on this term as it comes to an end,
“I have seen changes occurring in the university for the past two years under the leadership and guidance of the Provost. I believe these changes can make Pace University a better place for all of us in the near future. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Provost for giving me a chance to work for the advancement of the university.”
The new term begins in September and will run until June 2016. When the time comes, we are excited to welcome Dr. Brian R. Evans as the new Provost Faculty Fellow for NYC. Dr. Evans is an associate professor in mathematics and the department chairperson in the School of Education in New York. We look forward to the new ideas he will offer for current, continuing initiatives as well as those put in place by Faculty Fellows before him.