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.

Joseph E. Aoun

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.
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Leadership Team


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.

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Kenneth W. Henderson
Chancellor and Senior Vice President for Learning

As the university’s first chancellor, Kenneth Henderson leads Northeastern’s broad portfolio of teaching and learning functions. He oversees undergraduate and experiential learning, student affairs and athletics, digital and mobile learning, enrollment management, lifelong learning—including the regional campuses—and the PhD Network.

Henderson was appointed to his current position in 2019, after three years serving as dean of the College of Science. There, he oversaw six academic departments with nearly 350 faculty and staff and an enrollment of more than 4,500 students.

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Michael Armini
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.

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Nicholas Bradley
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.


Bruce Haymes
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.

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Philomena V. Mantella
Senior Strategic Advisor to the President

Dr. Philomena Mantella is currently Senior Strategic Advisor to the President, having served 18 years as Senior Vice President and CEO of Northeastern University’s Lifelong Learning Network. She has recently been named President Elect of Grand Valley State University and is supporting the on boarding of her successor while advising the President on strategic institutional issues during the transition.

During her years at Northeastern, Mantella’s portfolio has included enrollment management, student affairs, professional studies, digital learning and lifelong learning efforts. She has been instrumental in leading the university’s efforts to create a global university system, helping to advance the development of our global campuses into platforms for all university activity. Notably, Mantella also built an outstanding enrollment management team that, under her guidance, has made Northeastern the university of choice for many of the world’s best and brightest undergraduates.

Mantella’s background includes more than 30 years of broad strategic experience in senior leadership positions within higher education administration. She served as an officer at several public and private universities in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.

She earned a bachelor’s degree and Master of Social Work from Syracuse University, and a PhD in college and university administration from Michigan State University.

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.

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Thomas Nedell
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.

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