History

As Princeton University celebrated its 250th Anniversary on Charter Day in 1996, economics professor Burton G. Malkiel *64 announced plans to form a new center for community service at Princeton University—an endeavor that would not only pay homage to the University’s informal motto at the time “Princeton in the nation’s service and the service of all nations” but strengthen and expand upon the University’s longstanding tradition of service and civic engagement.

Fueled by this call to action, John Pace Jr. ’39, John C. Bogle ’51, Carl Ferenbach ’64, Peter Ochs ’65 and many other supporters joined the movement, forging a path to create the Pace Center in 2001. In its early years, the center evolved into a hub of service activity with the addition of programs from other units on campus and the development of new service opportunities. Today, the Pace Center focuses on helping students learn to do service well and have a positive impact in the community.

Learn more with our 15th Anniversary Timeline.