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Vanya Quiñones, PhD, a neurobiologist, biopsychologist and respected researcher, is the Provost of Pace University. Quiñones, who assumed her position July 1, 2018, brings to Pace decades of experience in scientific research, academic administration, program- and research-focused fundraising, and a long record of working successfully to improve diversity in science and the arts.

When Dr. Quiñones began her career more than three decades ago, she was struck by the lack of diversity in the sciences, and she has worked relentlessly to diversify the workforce.  From her early days as a researcher at The Rockefeller University, Quiñones brought passion and commitment to the need to create improved opportunities for underrepresented students across STEM disciplines and within the arts. Throughout all of her professional life, her goal has been to increase diversity in academia with the underlying desire to provide a foundation of fairness as well as a culture of inclusion and participation.

Prior to joining Pace, she served as Associate Provost for Student Success and Retention at the City University of New York (CUNY) - Hunter College, where she worked for 20 years.  At Hunter College, she brought in more than $25 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, private foundations and the Department of Education, much of which was dedicated to supporting the work of underrepresented minorities. These grants included funding from the NIH’s Career Opportunities in Research and Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Education Experiences (ENDURE) programs.

Quiñones holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s in cell biology from the University of Puerto Rico and a doctorate in neurobiology and physiology from Rutgers University.