PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Mark M. Besca is taking over as the new Chairman of Pace's Board of Trustees, the school announced Monday.
"I couldn’t be more pleased to help further position our students and faculty in realizing their individual dreams of achievement and our university mission of Opportunitas,” Besca said in a statement. “I am honored to assume the chairmanship from Neil Bianco, a man I deeply admire and respect. Neil’s great support of and affection for Pace University, combined with his visionary leadership as Chairman for the past 14 years, has positioned the University for continued excellence and growth.” Besca suceeds longtime Chairman Aniello Bianco, who will continue to serve on the board for another year. Bianco served as Chairman for 14 years. Besca is the Pace University Vice Chairman and has been a trustee of the university since 2001. He is the New York City Office Managing Partner at Ernst & Young, a David Rockefeller Fellow of the New York City Partnership, a Vice Chairman of the UJA Executive Media and Entertainment Group and a member of the New York Society of CPAs and the AICPA. He graduated from Pace with a bachelor's degree in accounting before earning an MBA from Columbia University. “This is a time of great momentum at Pace, fueled by an ever growing awareness that the education we offer is especially responsive to the needs of individuals and the nation today,” Pace University President Stephen Friedman said in a statement. “I am delighted that Mark Besca will serve as the next Chairman of the Board of Trustees because he possesses both proven success as a business leader and a deep personal love of Pace that will help us drive this momentum across the University. I know Mark will be a strong and effective Chairman and I look forward to working closely with him.”
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