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Honoring and Remembering Dean Ella Robertson

Honoring and Remembering Dean Ella Robertson one of Northeastern’s most dedicated student development professionals – Dean Ella Robertson, founder and creator of the Legacy Mentoring Program and staunch student advocate as associate director of financial aid, spent 30 years of her career at Northeastern.  Ella’s office, 203 Ell Hall, was truly a home away from home, and the sofa there was often crowded with students just taking a break, checking in, or seeking advice.   No matter the reason, Dean Ella’s door was always open.

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Share your Reflections and Memories …


  • Desiree' Miller Leaston says:

    Dean Ella – I thank you for EVERYTHING: assisting when you could and just listening. You and Dean Motley were the glue that held us down! Take your rest and know that yours was a job well done. ❤
    Desiree’ Faith (Miller) Leaston, A&S 1986

  • Kenechukwu Anadu says:

    My deepest condolences to the Robertson family.
    Rest in peace, Dean Ella.

    Kenechukwu Anadu, BSc, 2003

  • Charlotte M. Nelson says:

    Sometimes the leadership journey is a lonely one,
    Despite the commitment and passion, we bring forth each day,
    Dean Ella Robertson found a way to cope and have lots of fun,
    Keeping it real for students, staff, faculty, and community connections along the way.
    Blessed with many talents and a keen sense of discernment
    Ella loved us all, an found ways to let us know,
    We will forever miss her wise counsel to seek progress and contentment
    As we continue her legacy to “reach one to teach one, keeping our hands on the plow – until justice is won!
    Dearest Friend – Greet the Elders for us – then rest in Peace!

  • Wendell C. Bourne, Jr. says:

    My sincere condolences to the Robertson-Twitty family upon the passing of Dean Ella Robertson. Ella and I shared some overlapping undergraduate years at Northeastern, and later were colleagues in the 1980s when we both worked for the university. The Northeastern and Boston communities will surely miss her creativity and compassion for the young people she mentored and inspired towards excellence in her life’s work. May her spirit, wit, and authenticity continue to empower all those who knew her. May the Good Lord bless and keep you all.

  • Rindge Leaphart says:

    My sincerest condolences to Ella’s family. Dean Ella Robertson: I cannot forget the name or the person. My first year at NU was not a good one and Ella helped me navigate the system. She provided me with insight and direction on how to move forward. Without her insightful advice, I more than likely would not have graduated from NU. Ella, may you be in peace.

    Rindge Leaphart

  • Dr. Richard O'Bryant says:

    [Posted on behalf of Dr. Donald Brown]

    I am proud to say that Ella was one of my contemporaries in effecting a wide degree of change for especially Black college students at Northeastern and other Boston area college students for more than four decades. There will be those who follow in her footsteps, but there will never be another to replace her. She effected that much change for countless numbers of young people!

    ….. Rest in Heavenly Peace dear Ella!
    Donald Brown, Ed.D.

  • Nicholas Zenquis says:

    I met Ella Robertson when I was starting out at Umass Boston as a freshman back in 2010. She was a huge aid in the pre-medical community and a warm soul I always felt close with. Now, about to apply to medical I just saw this memorial and it filled my heart that she was so loved and apart of Northeastern’s community where I have also found a home.

    Rest is sweet peace and thank you for your guidance and love.

    Nicholas Zenquis BSC

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