Cheryl Richards, Regional Dean & CEO

Dr. Richards is the university’s lead executive for the Charlotte Regional Campus, the first in a system of regional campuses across the US. In addition to overseeing the delivery of high quality professional education on campus, Dr. Richards’ is charged with extending the full resources of the university into the region by advancing its global corporate partnerships and research capabilities.


Margaret “Peg” Bernhard, Associate Dean

Dr. Margaret “Peg” Bernhard joined the Northeastern University Charlotte Regional Campus on March 5, 2012.  As Associate Dean for the campus, she is responsible for coordinating the delivery of academic programs and student support services between the Boston & Charlotte campuses. Working with the respective academic faculty and deans, Peg extends the Northeastern brand presence into the region by supporting the academic programs and helping identify research or corporate partnerships that align with College initiatives.


Carlie Houchins, Director of Student Affairs & Faculty Services

As Sr. Academic & Student Support Specialist, Carlie Houchins manages the day-to-day site operations at Northeastern University’s Charlotte Graduate Campus. Houchins serves as an ambassador to prospective and current students, members of the community, business leaders, visiting faculty and other University administrators. She supports students through academic advising, registration and policy guidance, while maintaining a safe and effective environment for students, faculty and staff.

Houchins has extensive academic experience as an adjunct professor at various universities and colleges in the Charlotte area. Her teaching focus has been largely in marketing and public relations, which stems from her professional background in business.

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Pasquale Quintero, Jr., Admissions Recruiter

Quintero is responsible for graduate recruitment initiatives for the colleges and programs available at the Charlotte campus. He organizes and executes various recruitment events and Northeastern-hosted events on campus as well as at corporate sites. Working with the Charlotte staff, Quintero manages partnership follow up and prospect conversions in order to increase student enrollment.

Quintero brings with him a diverse background in higher education—from residential life to academic advising and program management. Prior to joining Northeastern, Pasquale worked as program manager at Wake Forest University’s Charlotte campus managing the daily operations of the Evening and Saturday MBA programs, teaming with admissions to develop marketing strategies and participate in on- and off-campus recruiting events.


Tamara “Tammy” McNish, Assistant Director of Admissions

As the Customer Service Specialist, Tammy McNish acts as the face of the Charlotte Graduate Campus welcome center in Uptown Charlotte, greeting students, corporate partners, alumni and visitors on the first floor level.  As the first line of contact for prospective students, McNish represents broad knowledge of the university including Charlotte campus operations, courses and programs.

McNish has several years experience in higher education. Most recently, she was an admissions counselor at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., where she recruited adult students and promoted the university’s programs. Prior to Queens, McNish managed alumni relations, special events and communications at her alma mater, Hood College. There, she was also the assistant editor for Hood Magazine, the college’s alumni publication.


Roxanne Ward, Campus Administrative Officer

Roxanne Ward serves as the Assistant to the CEO and Regional Dean.  In addition to supporting Dr. Cheryl Richards, Ward serves as the primary point of contact for the administrative office and provides assistance to the Charlotte senior staff.

With a professional background in higher education, Ward is attuned to what engages and inspires students, parents, alumni and donors. Prior to joining Northeastern University, she managed the administrative functions for the president’s office at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, N.C.  Ward also supported the president’s office at The Nature Conservancy, an international environmental conservation organization headquartered in Arlington, Va.