Krislov named president of Pace University

By Scott Mahoney -



Oberlin College president Marvin Krislov announced Tuesday that he has agreed to become the president of Pace University in New York City.

“I have been honored to serve Oberlin, and I have tremendous affection for this great college, Conservatory, and community,” he said. “Working with our outstanding faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni to further Oberlin’s mission and to honor Oberlin’s values has been the most educational and fulfilling experience of my life.”

Krislov said in September that he would be leaving Oberlin at the end of the current academic year, effective June 30.

He has served as Oberlin College’s 14th president since 2007.

Duties at Pace will begin Aug. 1. Krislov will succeed Stephen Friedman, who announced last February that he planned to step down.

“I am honored to be chosen to lead Pace University during this exciting period of growth and revitalization as the University advances its position as one of the nation’s foremost institutions in fostering the leaders of tomorrow,” Krislov said in a statement. “Pace’s commitment to access and pathways to success for students inspires me. I look forward to joining a community of scholars and leaders who are dedicated to academic excellence and who have such a powerful impact on so many lives.”

Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, N.Y. It has an enrollment of nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs.

Oberlin College, which has nearly 3,000 students, has already started a search for Krislov’s replacement. It has a presidential search committee with 11 members made up of alumni, trustees, and faculty from the college.

Isaacson, Miller —a national executive search firm with offices in Boston, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. —is working with the college committee.

The college now has two administrative positions to fill, as vice president for finance and administration Mike Frandsen announced last week that he will also be leaving at the end of the academic year to become the president of Wittenberg University.

Details on the search for Frandsen’s replacement are expected at a later date.

Scott Mahoney can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @sm_mahoney on Twitter.


By Scott Mahoney