PACE History and Co-Founders
- provides students with enriching learning experiences through interactive, thought-provoking seminars and classes,
- sponsors lectures that bring public speakers to campus,
- serves the region as a non-partisan "public square" for ideas and debate,
- and offers hands-on student internships.
Dr. Harry Basehart, co-founder of PACE, is professor emeritus of Political Science. Dr. Basehart co-authored the book, "State and Local Government: Politics and Public Policies," which is used extensively across the country in university government courses.
During his 37-year tenure at SU, Dr. Basehart conducted over 15 voter and citizen satisfaction surveys and supervised over 300 students in governmental internships, many in the Maryland General Assembly. Within the community, he served for several years as chair of the City of Salisbury Ethics Commission. Dr. Basehart remains active with PACE in his role as the SU Student Voting Ambassador.
Dr. Francis Kane, co-founder of PACE, taught in the Philosophy Department at SU for 35 years, primarily in political philosophy, ethics
Dr. Kane developed a nationally recognized policy for teaching about religion in the county school system and, in his spare time, coaches youth soccer.