Kim Pace

Ms. Kim Pace, a native of Hilo,Hawaii and the Assistant Vice-President for Student Affairs at the University of Florida, continues to be a committed supporter and advocate for the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program.

She earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco in San Francisco, California. After completing her J.D., Ms. Pace got married to her current husband and moved to Gainesville where she started working at the University of Florida while her husband pursued his MBA and later his J.D. She started working at the University of Florida in 1989 at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Office, moved to the Provost's Office in 2000, became Assistant Provost in 2010, Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs in 2011 and currently the new Assistant Vice-President for Student Affairs.

Over the years, she has taught the First Year Florida MFOS section, served on the MFOS Advisory Committee, and helped as a small group facilitator at several FOS Academy of Leadership retreats. Growing up in a household where her parents, both middle school teachers and first-generation students, she got to see first-hand the challenges her parents experienced with her grandparents coming from a foreign country and not knowing the language. She developed an appreciation for being first in your family to go to college and due to this appreciation she knew that she wanted to work as hard as she could to be involved and helpful with the program.

When asked what first-generation means to her, Ms. Kim Pace replied "First-Generation means courage. Student who are first-generation, whether they realize it or not, have a tremendous amount of courage. They are venturing off and doing something that no one in their family had done. They are making a statement about themselves about who they are and what they represent and they are forging a path for those to come behind them. The courage to actually step out there and take a chance and go forward doing something that no one in their family has done, I think it is incredibly remarkable."

Thank you, Ms. Kim Pace for your continued support of the MFOS program and welcome to Student Affairs!