University Leadership

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 Chancellor

As the university’s first chancellor, Kenneth Henderson leads Northeastern’s broad portfolio of learning functions. He oversees internationalization and learner mobility; the global campuses; innovation in experiential learning, embracing digital and lifelong learning; student affairs including athletics, housing, and wellness; as well as enrollment management, incorporating admissions, marketing, and financial aid.

Henderson was appointed to his current position in 2019, after more than 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.

As dean, Henderson established a five-year strategic plan designed to align the college with Northeastern 2025, the university’s academic plan, and cement the college’s environment of scholarly and educational excellence.

A scholar of synthetic and structural inorganic chemistry, Henderson previously served as the chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame. During his 14-year tenure, he was also the senior assistant provost for internationalization, developing undergraduate programs and strategic international partnerships for research collaborations.

Henderson’s research interests lie in organometallic and materials chemistry, with a particular focus on energy-related systems. Henderson has published more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2007.

He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with honors from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, as well as his PhD, winning the Ritchie prize. He conducted post-doctorate research at Brown University.

Kenneth W. Henderson
Chancellor and Senior Vice President for Learning

  • Steve Eccles
    Regional Dean and CEO of Northeastern University, Vancouver

  • Madeleine Estabrook
    Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

  • Sundar Kumarasamy
    Vice President for Enrollment Management

  • Aliza Lakhani
    Regional Dean and CEO of Northeastern University, Toronto

  • Mary Ludden
    Vice Chancellor for Strategic Planning and Projects

  • Chris Mallett
    Chief Administrative Officer, Roux Institute

  • Hillary Mickell
    Regional Dean and CEO of Northeastern University, San Francisco and Silicon Valley

  • George Overholser
    Vice Chancellor for Strategic Planning and Growth

  • Deanna Raineri
    Vice President and Senior Vice Chancellor for Experiential Digital Global Education

  • Dave Thurman
    Regional Dean and CEO of Northeastern University, Seattle