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


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.

MacGillivray also spearheads special projects such as Northeastern’s Women Who Empower program, the Global Leadership Summits, and several interdisciplinary outreach initiatives.

Prior to joining Northeastern in 2007, MacGillivray was senior associate dean for advancement in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California. In that role, she directed a $400 million fundraising initiative and oversaw the development of the college’s annual giving society, its parents program, seven regional and thematic boards, and international fundraising efforts.

MacGillivray holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a master’s degree in 19th century British history from USC.

Diane N. MacGillivray
Senior Vice President for University Advancement

  • Rick Davis
    Vice President for Alumni Relations

  • Robert Dietrich
    Associate Vice President for International Advancement

  • Joseph Donnelly Jr.
    Vice President for Advancement and Campaign Director

  • Timothy Kenneally
    Assistant Vice President of Finance and Operations

  • Luanne M. Kirwin
    Vice President of Development

  • Robert Silk
    Associate Vice President of Corporate and Foundation Relations

  • Paul Zernicke
    Associate Vice President of Development and Individual Giving