Neal Rantoul, head of Northeastern’s photography program and a 30-year professor of photography in the College of Arts, Media and Design, already has quite a legacy at the university. As he prepares to retire, he reflects on his career with great fondness for his colleagues, the countless students he’s inspired along the way, and the very institution that has been his foundation.
Neal was Northeastern’s first professor of photography and has influenced many transformational accomplishments within the photography program. Today, the program is instrumental to the arts curriculum in the college and has a broad impact across disciplines ranging from journalism, to architecture, to engineering.
Because of his steadfast commitment to the arts, Neal has made a generous gift that will help photography students achieve their creative ambitions, thus strengthening his legacy as a dedicated educator and career artist.
Neal has established a charitable gift annuity to directly support the photography program. His gift will provide vital financial and classroom resources to help address student needs by providing improvements in the labs and studios, and funding student projects and educational trips.
“By creating an annuity, I am able to lend support to an institution that has been my vocational home, my base from which countless photographic projects have emerged,” says Neal. “I am thankful to Northeastern for its support over the years and this is a way I can show that.”