North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun has appointed James C. Bean as the university’s next provost and senior vice pres­i­dent for aca­d­emic affairs. Bean will suc­ceed Stephen W. Director, who is com­pleting his sev­enth year as provost.

Bean’s tenure will begin part time on July 1, 2015, as part of his tran­si­tion, and will begin full time on Aug. 20, 2015.

Mar­garet and I are thrilled to be part of the North­eastern com­mu­nity,” said Bean. “The tremen­dous momentum of this insti­tu­tion reflects the vision of its lead­er­ship, fac­ulty, staff, and stu­dents. North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is evolving a new model of higher edu­ca­tion based on excel­lence, rel­e­vance, and engage­ment. I look for­ward to joining the evolution.”

Bean comes to North­eastern from the Uni­ver­sity of Oregon, where he has held sev­eral lead­er­ship roles, including five years as provost. His aca­d­emic career has spanned mul­tiple dis­ci­plines including busi­ness and engineering.

During his tenure as provost at the Uni­ver­sity of Oregon, Bean man­aged all aspects of the aca­d­emic enter­prise at a major research uni­ver­sity. He guided the uni­ver­sity through the Great Reces­sion, and sig­nif­i­cantly improved the quality of stu­dents and fac­ulty, while also mod­ern­izing the university’s bud­geting system.

Jim is a mul­ti­fac­eted aca­d­emic leader, in part because his career has spanned dif­ferent dis­ci­plines,” said Pres­i­dent Aoun. “He is extremely adept at designing and man­aging com­plex sys­tems, a neces­sity for a suc­cessful provost. Jim also believes firmly in new ideas emerging from inno­v­a­tive fac­ulty col­lab­o­ra­tions, and will work to empower these discussions.”

Bean also served for four years as dean of the Uni­ver­sity of Oregon’s busi­ness school—the Lundquist Col­lege of Business—where he led a com­mu­nity process to reorient the col­lege with the university’s strategic plan. He also served as the Harry B. Miller Pro­fessor of Business.

Most recently at the Uni­ver­sity of Oregon he has served as senior asso­ciate dean for aca­d­emic pro­grams at the Lundquist Col­lege of Busi­ness, and he led spe­cial projects for the uni­ver­sity pres­i­dent and busi­ness school dean, including a plan for a Divi­sion of Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Applied Sci­ence and for the university’s inno­v­a­tive sports product man­age­ment pro­gram.

Prior to his time at Oregon, Bean held key lead­er­ships roles at the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan, including as asso­ciate dean for grad­uate edu­ca­tion and inter­na­tional pro­grams in the Col­lege of Engi­neering and as asso­ciate dean for aca­d­emic affairs.

As an engi­neering fac­ulty member at Michigan, Bean co-​​directed a unique man­u­fac­turing part­ner­ship—the Tauber Insti­tute for Global Oper­a­tions—between the Stephen M. Ross School of Busi­ness and the Col­lege of Engi­neering, and many industry part­ners. The award-​​winning insti­tute facil­i­tates cross-​​disciplinary edu­ca­tion in global oper­a­tions management.

Bean has also held an advi­sory fac­ulty posi­tion at Jiao Tong Uni­ver­sity in Shanghai and a vis­iting posi­tion at Lab­o­ra­toire d’Automatique et d’Analyse des Sys­tems du CNRS in Toulouse, France. He is a widely pub­lished scholar who has received grants from both fed­eral insti­tu­tions and industry, including the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion, Gen­eral Motors, IBM, and the U.S. Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion, and the U.S. Depart­ment of Transportation.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in math­e­matics from Harvey Mudd Col­lege, and his master’s degree and doc­torate in oper­a­tions research from Stan­ford University.

Bean’s appoint­ment fol­lows an exten­sive global search led by Aoun and a provost search com­mittee com­posed of fac­ulty, stu­dents, admin­is­tra­tors, and alumni leaders. The com­mittee was chaired by Thomas Web­ster, the Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engi­neering and pro­fessor and chair of the Depart­ment of Chem­ical Engi­neering, and co-​​chaired by Pro­fessor Carmen Sceppa from the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sciences.

Director began at North­eastern in August 2008. Fol­lowing the tran­si­tion this coming August, Director will con­tinue at North­eastern as a senior adviser to the president.

I want to thank Steve Director for his seven years of out­standing lead­er­ship as provost,” added Aoun. “During Steve’s tenure, aca­d­emic inno­va­tion became one of Northeastern’s calling cards. The impact of Steve’s work will be felt in nearly every corner of the uni­ver­sity for years to come, including the opening of our new Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Sci­ence and Engi­neering Com­plex in 2016.”