We are very pleased to announce two new deans, both poised to provide the new perspectives and visionary leadership this University will require to thrive in a changed world. Tresmaine R. Grimes, PhD, will serve as dean of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and also the School of Education. Lawrence G. Singleton, PhD, will serve as dean of the Lubin School of Business.
Dean Grimes comes to Pace after serving as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bloomfield College, in New Jersey, and previously as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Iona College. Her teaching career began at South Carolina State University. A developmental psychologist, Grimes is a student-focused leader with a strong commitment to research, scholarship, and supporting student success. She has a track record of developing new programs, including a first-year seminar at Bloomfield based on high-impact learning practices and a master of arts in teaching.
Throughout her career, Grimes has been honored to serve as a mentor to many of her students and colleagues. A first-generation college student, she is passionate about supporting first-generation students at Pace. She lives with her husband in Westchester County, where she is a pastor and the founder of a nonprofit that provides education to prevent domestic violence in faith-based communities. She and her husband are proud parents and grandparents.
Grimes is a native New Yorker who holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in psychology and Afro-American studies, a master’s in psychology from The New School for Social Research, and a MPhil and PhD in psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University.
Dean Singleton most recently served as dean of the School of Management at Marist College. He was previously a professor at the School of Business at The George Washington University, where he served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. He built new programs at his previous institutions, including accelerated bachelor’s/master’s programs and integrated pre-professional programs, and he has helped strengthen both advisement and diversity initiatives.
A leader focused on driving student outcomes, Singleton has worked throughout his career to expand career-preparation opportunities for his students and build connections with both industry partners and international business programs. He lives with his wife and twin young children in the Hudson Valley, and they will soon be moving closer to Pace’s campuses.
Singleton holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a PhD in accounting from Louisiana State University. He is a certified public accountant in Virginia and a chartered global management accountant. His consulting firm, Singleton Associates, provides training to corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies.
We want to acknowledge the hard work that went into these two important searches. Dean Horace Anderson, JD, and Professor Erica Johnson, PhD, led the search for the Dyson and School of Education dean. Dean Jonathan Hill, DPS, and Associate Professor Iuliana Ismailescu, PhD, led the Lubin dean search. They and the other members of the search committees continued their efforts through a very challenging period, and they identified truly excellent candidates. Thank you to both committees for a job well done.
We also must express our appreciation, once again, to Nira Herrmann, PhD, and Neil Braun for their long and successful leadership of Dyson and Lubin. And to Dean Harriet R. Feldman
, PhD, RN, FAAN,
for taking on responsibility for the School of Education, in addition to the College of Health Professions, over the last year. And, finally, to Associate Dean Rich Schlesinger, PhD, for again ably stepping in as acting Dyson dean.
Dean Grimes will begin at Dyson and the School of Education on Monday, August 3, and Dean Singleton at Lubin on Monday, August 17. We hope you’ll join us in welcoming them.