North­eastern has appointed Deloris Pettis as vice pres­i­dent for enter­prise risk management—a new posi­tion within the uni­ver­sity. Pettis brings a strong track record of lead­er­ship in trans­forming enterprise-​​wide risk man­age­ment infra­struc­tures in both the busi­ness and higher edu­ca­tion sectors.

Pettis has spent a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of her career in the non­profit world, including 13 years at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity in var­ious senior roles. She was instru­mental in the university’s finan­cial oper­a­tion and oversaw major efforts in the areas of reg­u­la­tory com­pli­ance and risk man­age­ment and adher­ence to fed­eral reg­u­la­tions. Her lead­er­ship expe­ri­ence at Har­vard also includes over­seeing the tran­si­tion of a fed­er­ally funded HIV/​AIDS clin­ical care and ser­vices pro­gram in Tan­zania and Nigeria at the School of Public Health.

Deloris will be instru­mental in estab­lishing a risk man­age­ment infra­struc­ture for North­eastern that pro­vides trans­parency and assess­ment of how risks affect the entire orga­ni­za­tion,” said Steve Kadish, senior vice pres­i­dent and chief oper­ating officer. “Her exper­tise and lead­er­ship will better posi­tion the uni­ver­sity to pursue its strategic goals and initiatives.”

A proven leader with decades of expe­ri­ence trans­forming and man­aging large-​​scale oper­a­tions, Pettis is bringing strategic over­sight to the areas of risk man­age­ment and insur­ance, envi­ron­mental health and safety, emer­gency pre­pared­ness and response, and busi­ness con­ti­nuity at North­eastern. She will leverage and col­lab­o­rate with the university’s existing resources to drive strategic and coor­di­nated activ­i­ties across the orga­ni­za­tion and develop an enterprise-​​wide risk reporting and mon­i­toring system.

I am very pleased to be here and am looking for­ward to working with the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity to advance the impor­tant work of enter­prise risk man­age­ment,” Pettis said.

Before joining North­eastern, Pettis was a risk and audit ser­vices con­sul­tant for Barone & Asso­ciates, LLC, a finan­cial man­age­ment com­pany, serving clients prin­ci­pally in higher edu­ca­tion and non­profit entities.

Pettis is a grad­uate of the State Uni­ver­sity of New York at Buf­falo, and she earned her MBA from Tulane Uni­ver­sity. She is also a cer­ti­fied internal auditor.