Michael Pace

Executive Assistant Professor


Dr. Michael Pace has spent his leadership career “fixing” challenges with business “P”s –  projects, processes, or people. After almost 2 decades in industry roles, he shifted to a teaching role to help the next generation be better.  Currently, Michael serves as teaching faculty at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School, leading courses in strategic management, project management, and global entrepreneurship, and the Energy Institute, where he teaches graduate-level project and project portfolio management.  He founded a consulting & training firm, Diverging Roads, which focuses on simplifying the complex in projects, organizational change, and process improvement and is a founding partner in a data strategy, architecture, and governance consultancy. He is the program director for global entrepreneurship programs to Scotland, Costa Rica, & Malaysia; the faculty advisor for Phi Beta Lambda (Future Business Leaders of America) & the Aggie Product Management Club; and is President of the Board of Directors for the International Project Management Association – USA.
Michael has undergraduate and graduate degrees in forensic science, which helps provide a beginner’s mindset to business problems.  He also holds a Ph.D. in business management, which helps him provide empiricism to solutions.  He has managed teams of 1 to several hundred, projects with no budget to multi-million dollar initiatives, and portfolios of hundreds of projects. 

Research Interests

Project Management Methodologies, Complex Adaptive Systems, Project Success


Title Year Type

A Correlational Study on Project Management Methodology and Project Success.

Journal of Engineering, Project, and Production Management

2019 Article