Stephen J. Friedman became president of Pace University on June 4, 2007.
Friedman is a former senior partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLC, commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury, executive vice president at The Equitable Companies Incorporated and the E.F. Hutton Group Inc., and U.S. Supreme Court law clerk. He has been an active leader in the nonprofit world.
Friedman served for three years as dean of Pace University School of Law prior to being named president by the Pace University Board of Trustees. During his tenure as dean, the Law School’s bar pass rate was the highest in more than a decade; the school’s national rankings improved; and in 2006 more than 91 percent of Pace Law School’s recent graduates reported full-time employment within nine months of graduation.
Prior to becoming dean, Friedman was a senior partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he served as cochairman of the firm’s corporate department from 1993 to 2000. Before he rejoined Debevoise in 1993, Friedman was executive vice president and general counsel of The Equitable Companies Incorporated and its subsidiary, The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States. Before joining Equitable in 1988, Friedman was executive vice president of the E.F. Hutton Group Inc. (1986–1988) and a partner at Debevoise.
Friedman also has served as a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission (1980–1981), deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for Capital Markets Policy (1978–1979), special assistant to the U.S. Maritime Administrator (1964–1965), and law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan Jr. of the United States Supreme Court (1963–1964).
Friedman is chairman emeritus of American Ballet Theatre. He also serves as president and a trustee of the Practising Law Institute, chairman and trustee of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation, and he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition, President Friedman has served as chairman of the Overseas Development Council and chairman of the Securities Regulation Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and as a member of the ABA Special Committee on Lawyers’ Political Contributions. He has served as a board member of CCL Industries Inc., Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, ConRail, The National Association of Securities Dealers, the Chicago Board Options Exchange and Foundation, and United Way of New York City.
Friedman received his AB magna cum laude in 1959 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and his JD magna cum laude in 1962 from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of Harvard Law Review and a recipient of the Sears Prize.