Campus Messages

Messages sent to the university community

Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2017

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,   The first Thanksgiving I ever celebrated was here in Boston, as a newly-arrived graduate student. Even though I was a stranger in a strange land, my teachers and classmates welcomed me into their homes to share this most resonant of American traditions. I was profoundly moved by their kindness.  Continue Reading »

Turning Ideals Into Action

September 4, 2017

To all members of the Northeastern Community:   Tomorrow morning at convocation, our students, faculty, and staff join together from every corner of the globe to begin the new academic year. Our countless different backgrounds, beliefs, and identities are the foundation of Northeastern’s excellence and our most precious resource. Yet we find, today, that our  Continue Reading »

Reaffirming our core values

February 5, 2017

To all members of the Northeastern University community: For the past decade, we have joined together to make Northeastern a truly global university. In doing so, we have set forth a series of core values such as the value of inclusivity and a bedrock belief that diversity makes our community stronger. I find the president’s  Continue Reading »

Embracing Our Global Community

January 28, 2017

To Members of the Northeastern Community: On Friday evening, the President of the United States signed an executive order that restricts people from seven specific countries from entering the United States. Due to the global nature of the Northeastern community, this executive order could disrupt the lives of many students, faculty, and staff. While this  Continue Reading »

The Promise of a New Year

January 9, 2017

Dear Members of the Northeastern Community, Last year, we came together as a community to design a map for the future of Northeastern. Approved by our Board of Trustees, the Academic Plan “Northeastern 2025” stands as a blueprint for Northeastern’s evolution in a time of revolutionary technological and social change. Beyond our vision to elevate  Continue Reading »

Unity, respect and inclusion

November 14, 2016

To all members of the Northeastern family: Ours is a global community, a gorgeous mosaic of diverse identities, backgrounds, and beliefs. Because of this, we share a global perspective–an inclusive and mutually respectful worldview that is powerfully needed at this moment in our national and global discourses. But that is not all that unites us.  Continue Reading »

Our Dedicated Staff

October 22, 2016

To members of the Northeastern community: I am writing to thank the dedicated professionals who worked throughout the night to restore power to Northeastern’s Boston campus. Beginning in the earliest hours of the morning, our Facilities Department led a team of staff who worked against the clock to restore power to 10 critical buildings. This  Continue Reading »

Devastation in Haiti

October 9, 2016

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff Colleagues, We are all deeply saddened by the loss of life and destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew. The devastation is particularly tragic in Haiti, home to many members of the Northeastern family. In addition to undergraduate and graduate students who hail from Haiti, a significant number of our employees—specifically in  Continue Reading »

Northeastern 2025

October 3, 2016

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff Colleagues, Ten years ago, Northeastern embarked on an ambitious and transformative Academic Plan that yielded spectacular results. Now the time has come to build on this strong foundation and take our next steps forward. I am delighted to announce that, this past Friday, the Board of Trustees voted to approve  Continue Reading »

Thank You

September 14, 2016

Faculty and staff colleagues: I’m writing to express my heartfelt gratitude for all that we have achieved together over the past decade. Because of your passion, creativity, and unwavering commitment to quality, our university has achieved remarkable success across every dimension of our mission. This success has not been by chance. Rather, it is the result of  Continue Reading »

A Promise Renewed: Diversity and Inclusion at Northeastern

September 6, 2016

Dear students, faculty, and staff colleagues, This morning, our community welcomed its newest Freshman class at our 2016 Convocation. Under the lights of Matthews Arena, we celebrated the arrival of an extraordinary cohort of brilliant women and men from across the globe. It was a true festival of nations, in which people from nearly every  Continue Reading »

The Tragedy in Istanbul

June 29, 2016

Dear Members of the Northeastern Community, In recent months and years, I have had to write to you all too often regarding an act of terrorism or violence around the world. The newest attack, at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, has shaken us once more. To every member of our community from Turkey, and to those connected  Continue Reading »

The Tragedy in Orlando

June 12, 2016

Dear members of the Northeastern community, As the entire world grieves for the victims of today’s horrific massacre in Orlando, we, too, bow our heads in sorrow.  Northeastern is a community of reason, inclusion, and ardent belief in the value of humanity. This abhorrent crime is an assault on these values, and on the values  Continue Reading »

A Tragedy in our Community

March 7, 2016

To all members of the Northeastern Community: It is with the deepest sadness that I write to inform you that Victoria McGrath, DMSB ’16, and Priscilla Perez Torres, COS ’16, have perished in a car accident while traveling overseas. Victoria and Priscilla were vibrant, beloved members of our community, and their passing leaves a grievous  Continue Reading »

A Call to Action: Deepening Diversity on Campus

January 11, 2016

Dear students, faculty, and staff colleagues, To understand the world, sometimes we need to look inside ourselves.  Recently, I experienced this when I took a DNA test to explore my genetic ancestry.  I discovered that my lineage, like that of all humans, is one of splendid variety, in my case tracing back to the Middle  Continue Reading »

Dennis Njoroge

January 2, 2016

Dear Members of the Northeastern Community, It is with deepest sadness that I’m writing to inform you that the search for our missing student, Dennis Njoroge, came to a tragic conclusion on New Year’s Eve.  Since Dennis’s disappearance several weeks ago, many members of the Northeastern community joined city and state law enforcement officials in  Continue Reading »

Vigil: A Time of Healing and Fraternity – Monday, Nov. 16

November 16, 2015

To all members of the Northeastern community, Over the last week, our world has witnessed several terrible tragedies that have produced tremendous sadness and suffering. I ask every member of the Northeastern community to please join me today at a vigil to remember all the innocent victims of these recent tragedies overseas. As France mourns  Continue Reading »

Paris

November 13, 2015

Dear Members of the Northeastern Community, The news of the attacks emerging from Paris has shaken all of us to the core. As events continue to unfold, I want you to know that we are actively working to confirm the safety and well-being of our students, alumni, and friends who are currently in the Paris  Continue Reading »

Appointment of James C. Bean, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

May 11, 2015

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues, We are delighted to announce the appointment of James C. Bean to be Northeastern University’s next Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Jim joins us from the University of Oregon, where he has served in a range of leadership roles, most notably as provost. Jim will begin his  Continue Reading »

The Tragedy in Nepal

April 27, 2015

The devastation wrought by the earthquake in Nepal has shocked the world and directly affected members of the Northeastern family who call that country home.  Northeastern is a global university, and this is a tragedy of global dimensions.  As we witness the terrible images of ruin, our community joins in solidarity and support for the  Continue Reading »

The Strength of Our Community

April 15, 2015

Two years ago, the people of Boston, the U.S., and the world joined in solidarity following the terrible events at the Boston Marathon—a tragedy that directly affected many members of the Northeastern family.  Amid the horror of that day, our university community drew together in so many remarkable ways—to care for the injured at the  Continue Reading »

An Important Message

March 29, 2015

To the Northeastern Community: I write to express my outrage and extreme disappointment at an incident that occurred in International Village this morning. At approximately 1:30 am, a resident assistant found swastikas drawn on a dry-erase board in a common area in the building. Our police department reported immediately to the scene, collected evidence of the  Continue Reading »

Thanks to our fantastic staff

January 29, 2015

Dear students and faculty and staff colleagues, The worst storm of this season brought out the best in the Northeastern community. As people throughout New England took shelter in their homes, hundreds of members of the Northeastern family braved dangerous conditions to keep our campus operating, safe, and nourished. Snow removal teams worked around the  Continue Reading »

An Affront to Our Community

November 8, 2014

To the Members of the Northeastern Community: An incident has occurred on our campus that is completely unacceptable and an affront to our entire community and the values of our university.  This afternoon, swastikas were drawn on two flyers posted in Dockser Hall publicizing an event, sponsored by the Alliance for Israel at Northeastern and  Continue Reading »

An Exemplary Community

September 8, 2014

Dear members of the Northeastern community, Words and numbers can convey a powerful story, but pairing them with images truly brings the story to life.  I hope you’ll enjoy this video showcasing the outstanding attributes of our incoming students and new faculty colleagues. Welcome to you all, welcome back everyone, and best wishes for the  Continue Reading »

A Message from President Aoun

April 15, 2014

Today, as we mark the one-year anniversary of the day Boston – and all of us —were brought together in tragedy, may we also reflect on the collective support, individual perseverance and enormous strength of our community that have enabled us to move forward.

Our Journey to Deeper Understanding

April 2, 2014

The search for knowledge is not a quest for one infallible truth, nor a process of judgment to determine who is right and who is wrong. It is a journey to a place of deeper mutual understanding, to a state in which each of us can dwell more comfortably amid the ambiguity that is inherent  Continue Reading »

A Half-Century of Civil Rights

January 13, 2014

As Northeastern pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this month, we celebrate not only his deeds, but the beliefs he championed.  His devotion to justice, peace, and the dignity of all people continually inspires us to reshape the world in his example. In 2014, our university community is honoring Dr. King’s spirit through 50  Continue Reading »

Nelson Mandela, H’88

December 6, 2013

Today, flags across Northeastern are flying at half-staff in honor of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela – one of the greatest people the world has ever known. The unbreakable spirit Mandela displayed in the face of tortuous struggles inspired the world – and Northeastern.  On Commencement Day in 1988, while Mandela was still unjustly  Continue Reading »

An Invigorating Start

September 2, 2013

Whether at our campus in Boston, our graduate campuses in Charlotte and Seattle, or in the hundreds of worldwide locations where our students are pursuing co-ops and international learning experiences, the entire Northeastern community is invigorated by the start of a new academic year.  The energy was palpable in Matthews Arena yesterday as we welcomed  Continue Reading »

Moment of Silence

April 22, 2013

Please join me this afternoon at 2:50 pm as our university community gathers in Centennial Common to honor the victims of last Monday’s attack on our home city of Boston. The past week has tested our community and we have shown remarkable compassion, strength, and resilience. I look forward to being with you later today. Sincerely, Joseph  Continue Reading »

#NUtogether

April 20, 2013

It has been a tumultuous week, but together, we persevered. Throughout the week, the resilience, and unshakable character of the Northeastern community – and our entire city – has been on full display. Together, we’ve been – and will continue to be – Boston strong. As my wife and I visited the dining halls last night,  Continue Reading »

To the Northeastern Community

April 15, 2013

I want you to know that we are here for you – and for our neighbors across Boston – following today’s terrible tragedy. This harrowing incident has shocked and saddened all of us.  It’s vital that we join together to draw strength and comfort from each other, and to support our home community, during this  Continue Reading »

Academic Honors Convocation

April 8, 2013

Please join me on Thursday, April 18, at 3:00 p.m. in the Curry Student Center Ballroom for Northeastern’s third annual Academic Honors Convocation, among the most significant events of our academic year. We will recognize distinction across multiple dimensions of our university, honoring extraordinary members of our community whose transformative research and scholarship, exceptional teaching and mentoring,  Continue Reading »

A Community Vigil

April 6, 2013

I invite all members of the Northeastern community to join me in the Curry Center Ballroom at 4 pm today for a vigil in support of those who have been affected by the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. Earlier this morning, I visited with three Northeastern students, as well as two members of our parent  Continue Reading »

Increasing our Research Impact

April 2, 2013

In this time of transformative change in higher education, it’s more vital than ever for universities to demonstrate their value through the impact they have on the world.  At Northeastern, the path we’ve forged these past several years has achieved this – rapidly and powerfully. Together, we’ve extended Northeastern’s leadership in undergraduate education and strengthened our  Continue Reading »

A Northeastern Community Address

January 30, 2013

As a university community, it’s important for us to join together from time to time to discuss issues that are meaningful for all of us.  As we look to our future, I would like to address with you the characteristics that make us a stronger, more dynamic university. Mutual understanding is deepest when people are  Continue Reading »

Sustainable Success

January 16, 2013

Sustainability – a defining challenge of our time – is one of Northeastern’s primary academic thrusts.  Beyond the focus on sustainability that we bring to our teaching and research, it’s also a reality that we live each and every day. In this spirit, I’m pleased to let you know that Northeastern has been recognized once  Continue Reading »

Celebrating the Ideals of Dr. King

January 11, 2013

The beginning of a new semester is a fitting time to reaffirm our commitment to the ideals exemplified by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – social justice, service to others, and the power of ideas to change the world.  As we celebrate his life and legacy this month, I want to call your attention to some  Continue Reading »

An Invitation to Innovate

December 3, 2012

Last week, Northeastern convened an Innovation Summit at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., where leaders from higher education, politics and the media discussed the results of a nationwide survey commissioned by our university. The survey – which asked Americans about the value of higher education, barriers to pursuing a degree, and how universities can  Continue Reading »

Respecting Religious Diversity

November 30, 2012

To all members of the Northeastern community: Early this morning, a deeply disturbing incident occurred that is an affront to our university community and the values we stand for. At approximately 1:00 am, the campus Menorah on display in Krenztman Quad was vandalized. This kind of hateful act is completely unacceptable and has no place in our community. Our  Continue Reading »

Drawing Strength from Community

November 2, 2012

Hurricane Sandy dealt a devastating blow to areas along the East Coast, including many cities and towns that Northeastern students, faculty and staff members call home.  Although our campus escaped the worst of the storm, I know that many members of our community are deeply concerned about the destruction and challenges that have fallen upon  Continue Reading »

Northeastern Honors Its Veterans

October 30, 2012

President Joseph E. Aoun cordially invites you to a Veterans Day ceremony to recognize members of the Northeastern community who served their country with distinction Keynote address by the Honorable Janet Napolitano United States Secretary of Homeland Security Monday, November 12, 2012, 2:30 PM Northeastern University Veterans Memorial adjacent to the Egan Research Center on Neal  Continue Reading »

Online Education at Northeastern

October 25, 2012

For the past several months, higher education circles have been buzzing about the emergence of massive open online courses and the explosion of online higher education overall.  These developments offer a golden opportunity for Northeastern to deepen our online strategy, which already has yielded excellent results: We have one of the largest online portfolios of  Continue Reading »

Accomplishments and Recognitions

September 18, 2012

The start of a new academic year is an excellent time to take stock of recent accomplishments and recognitions. There is much for us to celebrate. Student Demand and Quality This month our newest freshman class arrived on campus—women and men from across the country and around the world. Our freshmen were selected from a  Continue Reading »

Making History

September 12, 2012

To members of the Northeastern community: Once in a generation, history is made in the life of a university. Today we mark one of those moments. Later this morning, the university will announce that two of our alumni leaders have joined forces to make a $60 million gift to Northeastern—the largest philanthropic investment in our history. These two  Continue Reading »

Making Dents in the Universe

September 6, 2012

At Wednesday’s convocation we welcomed the newest members of the Northeastern community—our incoming freshman class. The entire campus becomes energized each year by the arrival of new students to our campus. The new class was selected from a record-breaking 44,215 applicants—the highest in Northeastern history. It includes students from 46 U.S. states and 81 countries around the world.  Continue Reading »

New Senior Vice President

July 9, 2012

Faculty and Staff Colleagues: Tomorrow we will announce the appointment of Steven Kadish to the newly created position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. I wanted to let you know in advance. As a member of the senior leadership team, Steve will help with strategic planning and innovation initiatives across a range of critical  Continue Reading »

Academic Honors Convocation

April 11, 2012

Please join me on Wednesday, April 18 at 3:00pm in the Curry Student Center Ballroom for Northeastern’s  second annual Academic Honors Convocation, one of the most significant events of the academic year. We will recognize excellence across many dimensions and honor some of our most accomplished students, faculty scholars, staff members, as well as a  Continue Reading »

Six Highlights of the Season

January 25, 2012

Northeastern’s incredible momentum continues in 2012, and I want to share just a few examples of the exciting events and trends that contribute to the vitality of our University. Some may be familiar to you; you may be hearing about others for the first time. I encourage you to learn more and to create and  Continue Reading »

Celebrating Our Diversity

January 6, 2012

The beginning of a new year is an excellent time to reaffirm our core values as a community We are a global university—and increasingly so. Our students, faculty, and staff hail from more than 100 countries around the world. I have long believed that universities can and should be models for society. Our enduring commitment to  Continue Reading »

The Legacy of Dr. King

January 4, 2012

More than 40 years after the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr., his legacy continues through the work of those who follow in his footsteps. This year, as we celebrate Dr. King’s contributions on Friday, January 13, we will be joined by two leaders who exemplify many of his ideals. At 11:45 am  Continue Reading »

Boundless Opportunities

October 31, 2011

To my faculty and staff colleagues: Northeastern has always been a university engaged with the world, and this has enabled us to be nimble and innovative in meeting the needs of our students and society. We are on an exciting journey to realize our vision of the 21st century University, and I have important news  Continue Reading »

Profiles in Innovation: Presidential Speaker Series

October 24, 2011

President Joseph E. Aoun hosts a conversation with iRobot CEO Colin Angle “Adventures in Entrepreneurship” Colin Angle and his team transformed the robot from factory drone to a member of the family—domestic and military—with the award-winning Roomba floor-vacuuming robot and the PackBot search and bomb-disposal robot. Join a discussion with President Aoun and iRobot’s visionary  Continue Reading »

Our Shared Success

October 13, 2011

Yesterday our Northeastern community gathered for the annual State of the University town hall meeting.  Some of you were part of the standing room only crowd in the Curry Ballroom and even more of you participated remotely, tuning into Northeastern’s Facebook page and sending your questions online. It was a terrific opportunity to expand our  Continue Reading »

State of Our University Town Hall Meeting

October 12, 2011

Please join me at our annual Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, October 12, at 11:30 a.m. in the Curry Student Center Ballroom. Whether you are in Boston or Brussels, New York or Nairobi, I encourage every member of our community to engage in this important conversation about the State of Our University. This year, we  Continue Reading »

Extending our Excellence

September 7, 2011

To Faculty and Staff Colleagues: As we begin a new academic year, I write to express my deepest thanks for your ongoing efforts and to share with you my excitement for the year ahead.  Over the past five years, we have built a remarkable record of success, and we remain on a distinctive path to further  Continue Reading »

9/11 Remembrance

September 7, 2011

Please join me on Friday, September 9 at 10:00 am as the Northeastern community comes together to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. We will gather in the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute’s Cabral Center for a program of music and remembrance. As we honor those we have lost, we also  Continue Reading »

A World of Opportunity

September 6, 2011

On behalf of our entire community, welcome to the start of another exciting year at Northeastern University. To the members of the 114th undergraduate class: many congratulations. The 2,800 of you who have joined us this year have been selected from 43,254 applicants – the most of any private university in the United States. Seventeen  Continue Reading »

Dean Thomas Moore

June 16, 2011

To all members of the Northeastern community: I am deeply saddened to inform you that Tom Moore passed away last night. As Dean of our College of Business Administration, Tom was a visionary leader and a genuine innovator in higher education. In many ways, Tom exemplified the mission of CBA, which is to develop leaders  Continue Reading »

Individual Excellence, Shared Success

April 22, 2011

Yesterday, Northeastern inaugurated an important new event: our first annual Academic Honors Convocation. At a time when our university’s momentum has been on display as never before, we celebrated the people who are behind that momentum – and who represent our shared accomplishments as a community. Business Professor Sheila Puffer – who was awarded the  Continue Reading »

A Message to Our Students

April 11, 2011

I am extraordinarily proud of Northeastern’s Class of 2011. Your academic accomplishments, commitment to service, and growth as global citizens speak to the transformative power of the Northeastern experience, as well as your motivation and impressive talents. I’m pleased to announce that two of your peers in the junior class have been awarded prestigious scholarships  Continue Reading »

The Tragedy in Japan

March 14, 2011

The Northeastern family is profoundly saddened by the widespread devastation in Japan. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of people who are suffering directly, this tragedy touches many of our students, faculty, staff and alumni. Counseling and other resources are available to help any member of the Northeastern community in need of assistance during  Continue Reading »

Painting a Bold Future

February 3, 2011

To Faculty Colleagues: The strongest academic communities channel their collective wisdom toward specific goals. With this in mind, the Provost and I recently held a series of college-based discussions about the University’s Long Range Plan. In keeping with Northeastern’s collaborative character, faculty members from across the University provided thoughtful feedback. At each of these meetings,  Continue Reading »

New Year, New Opportunities

January 10, 2011

As a new year gets under way, the media are awash with reports that 2011 will be an exceedingly challenging year for higher education. Public university systems across the United States are in crisis as governors and legislatures plan to layer deep cuts on top of several years of existing reductions. Meanwhile, many private universities  Continue Reading »

Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation

December 15, 2010

I invite all members of the Northeastern community to join me at the University’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, on Wednesday, January 19, 2011, at 11:45 a.m. in Blackman Auditorium. The Honorable Roderick Ireland, PHD’98, H’98, recently confirmed as the chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, will deliver this year’s keynote address.  Continue Reading »

Sustainability: Turning Awareness Into Action

November 15, 2010

Around the world, people are intensifying their focus on sustainability-on the idea of being “green.” At Northeastern University, we are translating this heightened focus into action. This is reflected in how we operate the University, and in the challenges many of our brightest minds are choosing to solve. Recently, the Sustainable Endowments Institute, one of  Continue Reading »

An Invitation for Ideas

November 5, 2010

Our Academic Plan, developed in 2007, articulates a bold vision for Northeastern University. Today, we are reaping the benefits of our strategic and deliberate efforts. We are stronger and our momentum continues to accelerate. But we cannot rest on our laurels. There is more for us to do. At the Town Hall Meeting last month,  Continue Reading »

Honoring America’s Veterans

November 1, 2010

I invite you to attend our Veterans Day Ceremony, November 11 at 2:30 p.m. on our campus’ Veterans Memorial Plaza. Senator Scott Brown, a member of Northeastern’s ROTC program while he attended Tufts University and Boston College Law School, will return to the campus and participate in the ceremony. This year’s ceremony will be especially poignant  Continue Reading »

Parent and Family Weekend

October 23, 2010

Dear Colleagues: Like all families whose members are spread out around the world, the Northeastern family looks forward every year to spending time together. For the next three days, we will gather for our annual “Parent and Family Weekend” to reconnect, share, learn, and create new memories. I invite our students to welcome their families  Continue Reading »

The State of Our University

October 13, 2010

Earlier today, hundreds of Northeastern community members gathered in a Town Hall meeting to participate in our annual State of the University address. I’m pleased to report that the state of our University has never been stronger. Working together, we have accomplished a great deal so far. We have attracted more highly talented students, expanded  Continue Reading »

Hortensia Amaro elected to the Institute of Medicine

October 12, 2010

I’m pleased to inform you of a significant honor that has been bestowed on Professor Hortensia Amaro, associate dean of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and director of Northeastern’s Institute on Urban Health Research. Professor Amaro has just been elected a member of the Institute of Medicine, one of the world’s preeminent health organizations.  Continue Reading »

Our Research Enterprise

October 7, 2010

Last month, the Northeastern community celebrated two major announcements that underscore the ever-growing strength of our research enterprise. First, a partnership led by Professor Vladimir Torchilin of Bouvé College of Health Sciences secured a highly competitive $13.5 million research award from the National Institutes of Health to establish Northeastern’s new Center for Translational Cancer Nanomedicine.  Continue Reading »

Dr. Joseph Warren

October 5, 2010

The Family of Dr. Joseph Warren President Joseph E. Aoun On Sunday, October 24th at 4:00 pm, we will host a memorial service to celebrate and honor the life of Dr. Joseph Warren in Blackman Auditorium. Members of the Northeastern family are invited to attend the service. Dr. Warren was a gifted scholar and leader  Continue Reading »

Emily Staupe

September 13, 2010

To Members of the Northeastern Community: All of us are deeply saddened when a member of our University family passes away. Emily Staupe, who died unexpectedly yesterday, was connected to Northeastern in many ways. She was a researcher, graduate student, and member of the class of 2005. At a relatively young age, Emily had dedicated  Continue Reading »

Excellence by Design

September 7, 2010

Welcome to the beginning of a truly momentous school year at Northeastern University. For four years now, our community has worked aggressively to propel our University to new heights by developing and implementing our Academic Plan. This year more than ever, our labors are coming to fruition. The results of our efforts have never been  Continue Reading »

Commencement

May 3, 2010

I want to share with you a message that I sent to students earlier today. This Friday, seniors and candidates for advanced degrees will gather with faculty, family and friends to mark an important milestone: Commencement. In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of the class of 2010, we will award four honorary degrees to distinguished  Continue Reading »

Class of 2010

April 15, 2010

The Class of 2010 Who Are They? They came to Northeastern from across the nation and all over the world. They worked and traveled, studied and served on the Northeastern campus and around the globe. They have excelled in engineering and health, in finance and literature, in communication and architecture, in athletics and service, in nursing and  Continue Reading »

Dr. Joseph Warren

March 30, 2010

It is always a tragedy when the University loses a path-breaking academic; or a dedicated staff member; or a towering community leader. This weekend, with the passing of Joe Warren, we have lost all three. Dr. Warren was born April 2, 1938, in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood, son of Geroldine (McDaniel) and Harold H.  Continue Reading »

Innovative Research

March 22, 2010

Exploration, discovery, knowledge creation, and research are at the heart of every great university. At Northeastern, faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students conduct a wide range of innovative research that makes a difference around the world. This is one of the reasons we are a vibrant academic institution. We are fulfilling a key element of  Continue Reading »

Student-Centered University

March 9, 2010

To members of the Northeastern community: I want to share with you a communiqué I sent to our students encouraging them to chart a unique course of study and inviting them to help make Northeastern an even more student-centered university.  Just as I welcome their input and feedback, I welcome yours as well. Chart Your  Continue Reading »

Co-op Innovation

February 10, 2010

To members of the Northeastern community: For 100 years, co-op has been the driving force behind a Northeastern education. More than just a practical approach to learning, co-op is a guiding philosophy—a belief that the world beyond our campus is too interesting to ignore. It is precisely because of the way co-op informs our thinking  Continue Reading »

Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation

January 11, 2010

I invite everyone in the Northeastern community to join me at our annual convocation in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sponsored by the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute. Through spoken and sung word, we will recall and re-commit ourselves to the life and legacy of a man who courageously advanced civil  Continue Reading »

Honoring our Veterans

November 9, 2009

Dear Students and Colleagues, The Northeastern community is deeply saddened by the recent loss of Marine Captain Eric Jones, a true son of Northeastern. Eric was killed two weeks ago in the line of duty while stationed in Afghanistan. He graduated from Northeastern in 2004 with a degree in business, and he is a third-generation  Continue Reading »

New Faculty

September 21, 2009

Dear Colleagues: Northeastern’s mission is based on two fundamental pillars: providing students with a transformative, experiential education anchored in co-op; producing knowledge that changes the world. At the heart of this mission are the talented teachers and scholars who form the backbone of this university. Three years ago, our community united behind a series of  Continue Reading »

Message to Faculty and Staff

September 7, 2009

Dear Colleagues: As we begin a new academic year, I would like to thank all of you for your work over the past year and outline some of what we can expect in the weeks and months ahead. As you know, we are still experiencing a period of tremendous economic challenges. Universities have not been  Continue Reading »

Progress Report on our Financial Position

January 15, 2009

As we begin a new semester, I am again writing to you about the global economic downturn and its impact on the Northeastern community. I am gratified to report that the targeted cost-saving measures we have undertaken—by closely examining our operating budgets, postponing some campus projects, and curtailing travel and events—are serving Northeastern well. Thanks  Continue Reading »

Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation

January 5, 2009

This month marks a historic moment in our nation’s history as the first African-American is sworn in as president of the United States. I can think of no better way to recognize the deep significance of this occasion than by honoring the man who gave voice to the civil rights movement that has led us  Continue Reading »

The tragedy in Mumbai

December 2, 2008

As a university community we feel both shock and grief about last week’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai. We are reminded that we are an international community and that members of our Northeastern family are directly affected by this tragedy in their homeland. Northeastern offers our thoughts and prayers for the victims and survivors, along with  Continue Reading »

Progress Report on our Financial Position

November 17, 2008

Last month I wrote to you about the global financial crisis and what it means for those of us in the Northeastern family. At the time, I called on the university’s administrative and academic leaders to work thoughtfully and collaboratively to contain costs, while maintaining our high standards of teaching and research. I am deeply  Continue Reading »

Jayant Goswami

September 16, 2008

The beginning of a new academic year brings anticipation and hope. At Northeastern, tragically, we must pause and reflect on the death of one of our own. Jayant Goswami, a graduate student in the College of Computer and Information Science, died unexpectedly Friday at his Boston home. No mere words can express the sorrow and  Continue Reading »

Our New Provost

May 27, 2008

I am happy to share with you the appointment of Stephen W. Director as Northeastern University’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Steve is currently serving as provost at Drexel University and has previously held positions as dean of engineering at both the University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon University. A member of  Continue Reading »

Congratulations to the 106th Graduating Class

May 1, 2008

Graduates, I commend you for all that you have accomplished here as students during your college career. The recognition bestowed upon you during Commencement exercises is both deserved and hard-earned. Already, you have demonstrated acumen, maturity, and perceptiveness beyond your years—in the classroom, on co-op, in laboratories, in our communities, and throughout the world. In  Continue Reading »

Towards an Inclusive and Open Community

April 4, 2008

The other day, you received a copy of the University’s Equal Opportunity Policy, which we send to all faculty, students, and staff each year. I ask that you take the time to reread this statement as a reminder of the importance of fostering inclusiveness in our shared work and lives. We were all shaken in  Continue Reading »

A Matter of Great Concern

March 20, 2008

Dear Colleagues and Students An incident occurred on our campus yesterday that is an affront to our students, faculty, and staff and traduces all that we stand for as a University. In Stetson West residence hall, an individual scrawled a hateful, discriminatory, and racially motivated message on a hallway wall. I am outraged by this  Continue Reading »

Our Academic Priorities Drive Our New Budget

March 13, 2008

Last year, we embarked together on an academic planning process designed to reflect on Northeastern’s purpose and envision our future. The Academic Plan articulates the priorities that lie at the heart of our academic enterprise: leadership in experiential education, interdisciplinary and translational research and scholarship, urban and global engagement, creative expression, and intellectual life. Yesterday’s  Continue Reading »

Remembering the Holocaust: Paying tribute, raising awareness

March 11, 2008

I would like to invite all of you to join me for the President’s Holocaust Awareness Breakfast next Tuesday, March 18. The breakfast is an important and moving tribute that allows the Northeastern community to come together to bear witness to the atrocities of a terrible era and to raise awareness so that this chapter  Continue Reading »

The Tragedy at Northern Illinois University

February 15, 2008

Sadly, I am writing to you for the second time in less than a year to express my deepest sorrow about a tragic event on one of our nation’s college campuses. Today I will send a note to President Peters at Northern Illinois University expressing the sympathy and support of their fellow Huskies in Boston.  Continue Reading »

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Embracing His Challenge for Us

December 17, 2007

I welcome the entire University community to join me at this year’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., convocation sponsored by Northeastern’s African-American Institute. Through readings from Dr. King’s works and gospel music, we honor his role as a national and international champion of human rights, celebrate the civil rights strides we have made, and  Continue Reading »

Dr. Mary Loeffelholz Becomes New Faculty Liaison

October 1, 2007

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Mary Loeffelholz, a distinguished scholar of American literature and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Director of the Graduate School in the College of Arts and Sciences, has accepted a new appointment as Special Advisor to the President for Faculty Affairs. This two–year appointment will take effect immediately.  Continue Reading »

Walter Lind

September 24, 2007

Dear Northeastern Colleagues, I am saddened to tell you of the passing of Walter Lind, Director of Purchasing at Northeastern University for more than 15 years. Walter died on Friday, September 21, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer. He leaves Kathy, his beloved wife and best friend, and his children Eric, Julia, and David.  Continue Reading »

Gathering Input for Provost Search

September 19, 2007

In the coming weeks I am looking forward to meeting with all the members of the Northeastern community to gather ideas and input as we embark on the search for our next provost. My office is actively scheduling forums and will begin posting announcements in the near future. I hope you will take the opportunity  Continue Reading »

Enrollment and Students

September 17, 2007

To the Northeastern Community: The vitality of our academic community is measured in large part by the level of talent and the range of experience each and every student brings to our campus. In drafting the new Academic Plan, we set out to build on the increasing competitiveness and diversity of our incoming students. The  Continue Reading »

Faculty Update

September 13, 2007

To all Faculty and Staff: Last year, based upon numerous discussions with the faculty colleagues and deans, we made an early commitment to faculty recruitment. In addition to the Academic Investment Initiative, we launched an Interdisciplinary Faculty Initiative. I am writing to give you a progress report. Let me start by reiterating that faculty recruit  Continue Reading »

About the New Academic Plan

September 10, 2007

Implementing Our Academic Plan Last fall, we embarked on a planning process that involved reflecting on our purpose and envisioning our future. This process involved all of our stakeholders—faculty, students, deans, faculty senate, alumni, trustees, and co-op employers. Together we shaped and refined our ideas into a new Mission Statement and Academic Plan that will  Continue Reading »

Trustee Alumnae are Recognized

September 4, 2007

To all members of the Northeastern Community: It gives me great pleasure to share news with you about two of our trustee alumnae, who are gaining much deserved recognition by virtue of their appointment to high level public service positions. Last Friday the state legislature approved the appointment of Margot Gardener Botsford (Law ’73) as  Continue Reading »

Commencement Congratulations

May 7, 2007

To the Northeastern University community: Commencement is the time when we celebrate all we have accomplished and all we wish to be. As spring commencement weekend comes to a close, we have many people to congratulate and many people to thank. I again salute those of you who received your degrees this weekend. We are  Continue Reading »

A Message on Building Community

April 26, 2007

To the Northeastern Community: As we approach the end of the academic year – my first as president – I would like to share some thoughts about this community that has been so welcoming to me. As a resident of three continents during my life, I have seen how people of different backgrounds and cultures  Continue Reading »

A Message to Northeastern About the Tragedy at Virginia Tech

April 16, 2007

Dear Students and Colleagues, As we watch the tragic events unfold at Virginia Tech, I feel it is important to remind the members of our community that your safety is paramount to us. It is a sad fact that random acts of violence occur. We have taken steps to minimize the extent of that possibility  Continue Reading »

New Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement

April 10, 2007

To the Northeastern Community: I am pleased to announce the appointment of Diane Nishigaya MacGillivray as Northeastern University’s new Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Diane joins us from the University of Southern California (USC), where she is the Senior Associate Dean for Advancement in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. In her new  Continue Reading »

Annual Holocaust Awareness President’s Breakfast

March 12, 2007

To the Northeastern Community: I am writing to invite you to join me and others from the Northeastern University community at the Annual Holocaust Awareness President’s Breakfast to be held on Tuesday, March 20th from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. in the Raytheon Amphitheater, 240 Egan Center on campus. The Holocaust caused unspeakable and horrible pain  Continue Reading »

Formation of the Committee on Community Harmony and Inclusion

January 18, 2007

To the Northeastern Community: On December 5, 2006, I wrote to you about the importance of seizing the momentum created by our recent open dialogue on the issues of racism and intolerance. To that end, I am pleased to inform you of the formation of the Committee on Community Harmony and Inclusion. With representation from  Continue Reading »

Appointment of Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance

January 16, 2007

To the Northeastern Community: I am pleased to announce the appointment of John H. McCarthy as Northeastern’s Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance. Jack comes to us from Harvard University’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, where he is a Principal and lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government. In his new role, Jack will  Continue Reading »

The Academic Planning Initiative

January 9, 2007

To the Northeastern Community: In October I wrote to you about our academic planning initiative. Over the past weeks and months we have made steady progress in the planning process. The steering committee and planning teams have convened and the themes have been identified. Now we need the most important ingredient . . .your ideas.  Continue Reading »

Martin Luther King Jr., Convocation

January 3, 2007

To the Northeastern Community: I would like to invite the entire Northeastern University community to join me for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation on Wednesday, January 10, 2007, at 11:45 a.m. in Blackman Auditorium. The convocation is a commemoration of the legacy of Dr. King, especially his commitment and contribution to the  Continue Reading »

Appointment of Chief of Staff

January 3, 2007

To the Northeastern Community: I am pleased to announce that Mark Putnam, Chief Planning Officer and a member of the Senior Leadership Team, has accepted an additional appointment as Chief of Staff. This appointment will take effect immediately. Mark will have responsibility for leading presidential initiatives including the development of an array of strategic partnerships,  Continue Reading »