OBERLIN, Ohio - Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov has been named president of Pace University in New York City.
Krislov, who has been Oberlin's president since 2007, announced last September that he planned to leave Oberlin on June 30. He will begin his new job on Aug. 1.
Krislov, 56, will succeed Stephen Friedman, 78, who announced in February 2016 he planned to step down after 10 years as president.
Pace University is a private liberal arts university in Manhattan. The university, with about 13,000 students, also has campuses in Westchester County, New York.
"On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, I am pleased to welcome Marvin Krislov as the next president of Pace," Mark Besca, chairman of Pace's board of trustees, said in a statement Tuesday. "Pace plays an essential role in the realization of individual dreams of achievement. Our mission is voiced in the motto, Opportunitas, and Marvin embodies it. Marvin has demonstrated throughout his career the strong, effective, enlightened, and passionate leadership to propel Pace to a new level of impact and stature."
Krislov said he looked 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."
Oberlin's search for a president is ongoing with no specific timeframe, a spokesman said.
"I have been honored to serve Oberlin, and I have tremendous affection for this great College, Conservatory, and community," Krislov said in a statement to the Oberlin community on Tuesday. "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."
According to the college, under Krislov's leadership, Oberlin promoted environmental action and sustainability with the launch of the Oberlin Project, the creation of the Green Arts District and the construction of the mixed-use Gateway center.
Krislov also oversaw expansion and renovation including a new jazz studies building and a new stadium complex.
A fundraising campaign that ended last September raised more than $315 million, surpassing the $250 million goal.
Krislov also faced several challenges, including 14 pages of non-negotiable demands from black students, the firing of a professor who posted anti-Semitic comments on Facebook and a student-led "Anti-Oppression Symposium."
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