Northeastern is a force for change, forever pushing higher education to stay ahead of the world’s evolving needs. The university’s leaders, too, are drivers of change, inspiring their teams to make the university better every day.
Office of the President
Joseph E. Aoun, a well-known higher education thought leader and renowned scholar in linguistics, is the seventh President of Northeastern University.
An internationally respected voice on the value of global and experiential education, President Aoun has led the expansion of experiential learning—centered on Northeastern’s signature co-op program—to offer opportunities for work, research, service, and global study in 136 countries.
James C. Bean
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
As the university’s chief academic officer, James Bean leads Northeastern’s educational and research enterprises. He oversees undergraduate and graduate education, the faculty, research and teaching, student affairs and athletics, and the university’s information technology infrastructure.
Bean spearheaded the development of the 10-year academic plan, Northeastern 2025. He has also advanced initiatives to update the undergraduate curriculum, expand the ways that experience is integrated into student learning, give students new tools to personalize their learning, and strengthen the university’s research enterprise.
Senior Vice President for External Affairs
Michael Armini oversees the departments of communications, government relations, and marketing, leading the work of these offices to promote the strategic interests of Northeastern to key audiences nationally and globally.
Under Armini’s leadership, Northeastern has increased its visibility among a broad range of stakeholders and audiences, with particular emphasis on policy leaders in academia, government, and elite media. Third-party assessments of Northeastern’s reputation have increased during his tenure, and units within External Affairs have won numerous national awards and recognitions.
Chief of Staff and Counsel
Nicholas Bradley directs the operations of the president’s office and supervises the president’s staff. He also works with the senior leadership team on an array of legal, operational, and strategic matters.
Bradley joined the Office of the President in 2018 after serving as assistant general counsel in the Office of General Counsel at Northeastern for seven years. His work at Northeastern has spanned a broad array of matters including international regulation, business and operations, academic affairs, and student experience.
Before coming to Northeastern, Bradley worked in the offices of general counsel at the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishing company.
While studying for his JD at Northeastern University School of Law, Bradley clerked for the Honorable Margaret R. Hinkle at the Suffolk Superior Court in Boston.
He earned a bachelor's in political science from the College of the Holy Cross.
Chief Partnership Officer
Bruce Haymes is responsible for coordinating Northeastern’s connections with innovative companies and organizations around the world and developing strategies to forge new partnerships that broaden the university’s global reach in learning and research.
Haymes came to the university from Nielsen Ventures, where he served as managing director and led Nielsen Innovate, the company’s startup investment and innovation platform based in Israel.
He held a number of positions with Nielsen, including senior vice president of corporate development and mergers and acquisitions, where he was responsible for sourcing and executing transactions totaling more than $200 million per year.
Prior to Nielsen, Haymes operated Coleytown Media Advisors, a strategic consultancy that supported major private equity and hedge funds on investments and strategic transactions. Haymes also held executive positions with Time Warner Cable and with the global satellite carrier PanAmSat Corporation, a subsidiary of DirecTV.
An attorney, Haymes started his career practicing corporate finance law at leading law firms in New York, including Chadbourne & Parke and Morrison & Foerster.
He serves on the board of directors or advisory board of Nielsen Innovate, Sweetwood Capital, and CircleUp Ventures; is a member of the Society of Industry Professionals and the Gerson Lehrman Group of industry experts; and a mentor at Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator in New York.
Haymes is the author of multiple articles discussing the relationship between startups and large companies, including The Corporate Strategy Conundrum: What to Do About the Startups.
He is a member of both the New York and New Jersey Bar Associations. He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and earned a JD with honors from The George Washington University Law School.
Diane N. MacGillivray
Senior Vice President for University Advancement
Diane MacGillivray leads Northeastern’s strategic initiatives to build and expand strong ties with its 255,000-plus alumni, as well as parents, friends, and philanthropic organizations. She oversees a broad range of efforts, including development, alumni relations, advancement communications and services, parent and family engagement, corporate and foundation relations, and interdisciplinary initiatives.
Under her leadership, the university’s historic Empower campaign raised $1.4 billion in private and government support, surpassing its goal by $150 million. In addition, University Advancement works in close collaboration with the deans of Northeastern’s nine schools and colleges, as well as with Athletics and the university libraries, to develop and execute fundraising strategies that fuel the university’s momentum.
Philomena V. Mantella
Senior Vice President and CEO of the Lifelong Learning Network
Philomena (Philly) Mantella leads strategic planning and development for a networked campus system that serves two of the university’s key stakeholders: learners and employers.
At its core, Northeastern is guided by and infused with an experiential approach to education. In her role as CEO of the Lifelong Learning Network, Mantella has accelerated the blurring of lines between work and learning through innovative approaches to industry engagement and new offerings to meet the growing and ever-changing needs of learners.
Ralph C. Martin II
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Ralph Martin, a leader in Massachusetts legal circles for more than 25 years, serves as the chief legal, compliance, and risk officer for the university. He also directs city and community affairs, compliance and risk management, labor relations, legal affairs, and public safety.
His legal acumen has been especially important as the university continues to expand its campus network for education and research in Massachusetts and around the world—a key initiative in the university’s current academic plan.
Senior Vice President for Finance and Treasurer
Thomas Nedell manages the university’s financial affairs to help ensure that it has the budgetary resources to achieve its ambitious goals. His portfolio includes campus planning, facilities, finance, human resources, institutional audit, and treasury, including oversight of the university’s endowment.
As Northeastern’s chief financial officer, he is responsible for establishing and monitoring sound financial controls within the university community.