Alumni Tale: Joe Pace ’97

What did you study at UNH?

Political Science

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

I was executive director of Ballet New England, a professional dance company and school in Portsmouth.

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

Back at UNH, helping Ted Kirkpatrick build Justiceworks, the university’s criminal justice research unit. Out in the world, I was serving my first of three terms on the Exeter Board of Selectmen, and working to develop regional youth leadership through Rotary.

What were you doing 10 years out of college?

As a business banking officer at Citizens Bank, I was helping small businesses throughout New Hampshire grow. Still on the board in Exeter, I was also chairman of the Exeter Democratic Committee, and was serving our alma mater by chairing the UNH Alumni Awards Committee. And newly married!

What are you doing now?

Living outside Olympia, Wash., while my wife continues her service as a physician in the Army. Working in alumni relations at Puget Sound University, pursuing my master’s in public administration, raising two energetic boys and working on my third book. Homeward bound in just a few years!

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

Serving as president of the student body was one of the great privileges of my life, and every day I benefit from the lessons that experience taught. Student organizations at UNH in those days were a thrilling crucible of leadership and service, and a four-year lifetime in the hallways of the MUB taught many of us as much as any classroom: eagerness to serve, confidence to speak and willingness to listen. UNH bred a unique generation of curious, collaborative, thoughtful Wildcats in the 1990s, and their talents and service enrich New Hampshire and the world every day.