2015 Award Recipients
Jane Brown, Vice President, Enrollment Management
Under Jane’s leadership, Northeastern has consistently achieved record numbers of undergraduate applications while exceeding all previous benchmarks in academic profile, selectivity, and global diversity of our incoming classes. Her partnership with the Office of the Provost has resulted in a freshman retention rate of more than 96 percent over the last three years. She has spearheaded several major initiatives, including collaborating on the launch of the prestigious University Scholars Program, the Presidential Global Scholars, the Global Fellows Program, and the new NUterm. Jane also played a pivotal role in the creation of the Visitor Center, a national model for innovative use of space, media, and technology.
Michael Dwyer, Lieutenant, Northeastern University Police Department
Mike is a compassionate problem-solver, who for 39 years has provided the highest level of service to students, faculty, and staff. He manages the daily functions of NUPD, coordinates all public-safety aspects of the university’s larger ceremonies and events, and works with departments across Northeastern to address complex and sensitive matters. He coordinates with external agencies, including the Boston Police, MBTA, and presidential security details, and has ensured a peaceful response to Red Sox and Patriots victories. Mike was also responsible for security at such major events as a visit from President Obama, the Boston Pops at Matthews Arena, and Commencement activities.
Doreen Hodgkin, Associate Dean of Administration and Student Affairs, College of Computer and Information Science
Doreen is “the linchpin of CCIS,” providing exceptional service to prospective and current students, parents, faculty, and staff. She has made process improvements and realigned staff to advance individual careers while creating a more effective team for the college. She is credited with the success of the Seattle computer science program. And each year, she calls each admitted student to congratulate him or her and answer questions, resulting in a high yield for CCIS. When a student from Eastern Europe learned that her government planned to halt her scholarship, Doreen worked to successfully change that outcome. For 32 years, no problem has been too complex for this tireless advocate.
Jonna Iacono, Director, University Scholars Program
Jonna’s commitment to excellence has resulted in the world-class University Scholars Program that is rapidly becoming the model for other universities. The program offers full scholarships to top applicants and provides these highly qualified students with varied and unique opportunities for leadership training, intellectual growth, and community engagement. Jonna established a Scholars Independent Research Fund that enables students to develop, write, and submit grant proposals for faculty-mentored summer research projects. Each student is also required to perform 100 hours of community service. Jonna’s leadership has enriched the lives of students and faculty and strengthened Northeastern’s position as an academic leader in undergraduate education.
2014 Award Recipients
Linda J. Allen, University Registrar
Linda, a member of the Northeastern community for 43 years, always puts the best interest of the institution at the forefront of her agenda. By providing the highest level of professional service to students, faculty, and staff, she models professionalism and customer service for her immediate team as well as her colleagues beyond the Office of the Registrar. Her mantra is clear: “If we are in a position to help, we do.” Linda’s visionary pursuit of excellence has ensured that the Office of the Registrar is recognized as a model for other institutions.
Leroy S. Jackson Jr., Academic Adviser, Opportunity Scholarships and Outreach Programs
Leroy, a member of the Northeastern community for 15 years, consistently goes far beyond his job description. One Class of 2014 student says, “From academic issues to important life moments, Leroy brings an impartial and caring voice to all his students. What’s remarkable is his ability to promote accountability while remaining empathetic.” Leroy develops trusting relationships with first-generation college students, many of whom are high risk, ensuring that they receive appropriate support services. Students continue to reach out to Leroy for his guidance and advice long after they graduate.
Maureen L. Timmons, Director of Dining Services
Maureen, a member of Northeastern for 15 years, provides innovative dining services that both respond to the needs and expectations of students and position Northeastern as a leader in contemporary university dining. She believes Dining Services is much more than offering a meal plan to students; it’s a vehicle for education and an opportunity to build community through the events she and her team have developed. Dining Services has been at the forefront of the university’s commitment to sustainability. Multiple initiatives, such as using locally grown produce and sustainable seafood, have repeatedly earned the university national recognition as a leader in sustainability.
2013 Award Recipient
David Winch, Director of Student Support Services, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
David, a member of the Northeastern community for 12 years and leader of the We Care Team, makes himself available around the clock to help students, parents, faculty, and staff resolve concerns that are almost always urgent, painful, and complex. He is both compassionate and conscientious, and his superb attention to detail means that no one slips through the cracks. Driven by his dedication to ensuring the success of every student at Northeastern, David has created, in the words of one of his colleagues, a “model program to be revered and emulated.”
2012 Award Recipient
Ruthann Stiles, Director of Academic Fiscal Affairs
Ruthann Stiles embodies outstanding service and dedication to Northeastern. An accomplished financial analyst, she has been instrumental to helping the university achieve its institutional goals. Not only is Stiles a consummate professional, but she is also a tireless volunteer who personifies the meaning of community at Northeastern by engaging with faculty, students, and staff through campus-life activities ranging from athletic events to move-in days.
2011 Award Recipient
Jack Malone, Director of Physical Plant Services