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


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.

Armini has initiated several initiatives and events that showcase both President Aoun’s and the university’s thought leadership in experience-based learning, lifelong learning, and the future of higher education in the age of AI. These efforts include annual public opinion surveys on the value of higher education, and a comprehensive campaign to promote “Robot-Proof,” President Aoun’s most recent book.

Prior to joining Northeastern in October 2008, Armini spent 10 years in senior positions at Harvard University, most notably as assistant dean for communications at Harvard Law School.

He began his career in the political arena, serving as the chief spokesperson for elected officials and candidates on Capitol Hill and Beacon Hill. He is a veteran of five political campaigns, including those for U.S. Congress and governor of Massachusetts. He also worked as a corporate communications specialist for a Boston-based public relations firm.

Armini has lectured on public relations and the media at several universities, and at communications conferences around the U.S.

He holds a bachelor's degree in government from the University of Massachusetts and a master's degree in communications from Emerson College.

Michael Armini
Senior Vice President for External Affairs

  • Rebecca Anzuoni
    Vice President for Marketing

  • Michael A. Ferrari
    Assistant Vice President for External Affairs

  • Timothy Leshan
    Vice President for Government Relations

  • Renata Nyul
    Vice President for Communications