Stephen W. Director, provost and senior vice pres­i­dent for aca­d­emic affairs and Philly Man­tella, senior vice pres­i­dent for enroll­ment man­age­ment and stu­dent affairs, have announced the reor­ga­ni­za­tion of sev­eral units in order to strengthen North­eastern University’s ability to advance its Aca­d­emic Plan.

Much of the reor­ga­ni­za­tion is driven by the need to inte­grate key aca­d­emic func­tions. For example, all expe­ri­en­tial learning programs—including an expanding array of global opportunities—will be brought together under a single vice provost. Co-​​op will be aligned more closely with career ser­vices to strengthen the ability of stu­dents to turn suc­cessful co-​​ops into job oppor­tu­ni­ties. These changes, and others, will better sup­port today’s students.

Other moves are designed to strengthen the Northeastern’s posi­tion as a leading research insti­tu­tion with doc­toral pro­grams that align with the university’s pri­mary research themes of health, secu­rity and sustainability.

Spe­cific changes are as follows:

Under­grad­uate Education
Bruce Ronkin, pro­fessor of music and former asso­ciate dean and then acting dean of the Col­lege of Arts and Sci­ences, has been appointed vice provost for under­grad­uate edu­ca­tion. In this new role, Dr. Ronkin will manage a port­folio that inte­grates the campus-​​based under­grad­uate aca­d­emic pro­gram with co-​​op, career ser­vices, the Co-​​op Con­nec­tions pro­gram, and a broad range of inter­na­tional pro­grams, including study abroad, Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions and inter­na­tional co-​​op.

The inte­gra­tion of these depart­ments and pro­grams will advance the university’s goal of pro­viding all under­grad­u­ates with a global expe­ri­ence. The Registrar’s Office will also now report to Dr. Ronkin.

Con­sis­tent with our his­tory, North­eastern is adapting to better meet the chal­lenges we face in today’s world,” Director said. “By inte­grating many of these aca­d­emic pro­grams and depart­ments, we can offer our stu­dents a richer expe­ri­ence, with par­tic­ular emphasis on global opportunities.”

Susan Powers-​​Lee, who has served as vice provost for under­grad­uate edu­ca­tion for the last five years, is being appointed vice provost for honors and first year pro­grams. This appoint­ment will pro­vide lead­er­ship in two areas of growing impor­tance to North­eastern: the Honors Pro­gram and the first year expe­ri­ence. In this role, Dr. Powers-​​Lee will have respon­si­bility for pro­grams serving unde­clared stu­dents and for the university’s Gen­eral Studies Pro­gram. She will also oversee peer tutoring oper­a­tions and Army ROTC.

The posi­tion of vice provost for inter­na­tional affairs, held by Robert Lowndes, is being rede­fined to focus on Northeastern’s global strategy and the devel­op­ment of part­ner­ships between North­eastern and insti­tu­tions located abroad. In keeping with this new focus, this posi­tion is renamed vice provost for global relations.

Vice provost for aca­d­emic affairs Mary Loef­fel­holz will take over respon­si­bility for the Center for Inno­va­tion and Excel­lence in Teaching and Learning. This tran­si­tion will make more promi­nent the Center’s role in fac­ulty devel­op­ment across the uni­ver­sity, in sup­port of both under­grad­uate and grad­uate programs. 

Research and Grad­uate Education
Vice provost for research Melvin Bern­stein has been appointed to the new posi­tion of senior vice provost for research and grad­uate edu­ca­tion. In this posi­tion, Bern­stein will assume the duties of vice provost for grad­uate edu­ca­tion Luis Falcon, who is returning to the fac­ulty to pursue his research and teaching inter­ests. Com­bining research and grad­uate edu­ca­tion will strengthen the linkage between the university’s doc­toral pro­grams and its research enter­prise. This change will also better posi­tion North­eastern to develop new Ph.D. pro­grams aligned with the university’s major research thrusts and to recruit out­standing Ph.D. can­di­dates into existing and new programs. In these and allied efforts Bern­stein will be sup­ported by an asso­ciate vice provost for grad­uate education.

Recruit­ment of stu­dents for the university’s pro­fes­sional master’s degree pro­grams will be shifted to enroll­ment man­age­ment under the lead­er­ship of vice pres­i­dent for enroll­ment Jane Brown. Brown will work closely with each of the col­leges to market their master’s pro­grams and with Bern­stein to broaden the vis­i­bility and attrac­tive­ness of all Northeastern’s grad­uate pro­grams. While indi­vidual col­leges will retain respon­si­bility for grad­uate admis­sions deci­sions, this change will enhance efforts to reach and serve master’s stu­dents inter­ested in online pro­grams and assist aca­d­emic units across the uni­ver­sity in offering pro­grams both nation­ally and internationally.

Stu­dent Life and Well­ness
Sev­eral student-​​related depart­ments are being com­bined in order to achieve a more inte­grated and holistic approach to stu­dent life and well­ness. Asso­ciate vice pres­i­dent for stu­dent affairs Madeleine Estabrook will lead Uni­ver­sity Health and Coun­seling Ser­vices, Dis­ability Resources, the Learning Dis­abil­i­ties Pro­gram, the Office of Pre­ven­tion & Edu­ca­tion and Student-​​Athlete Sup­port Ser­vices. Estabrook will also serve as interim vice pres­i­dent of stu­dent affairs as a national search is launched.

As part of our student-​​centered approach, this reor­ga­ni­za­tion will make it much easier for our stu­dents to access the valu­able resources they need,” Man­tella said. “These changes have been guided by what is best for our students.”