Administration

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
President

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

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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 auditing, 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.

Nedell joined Northeastern in 2009 as vice president for finance. Prior to that, he held several positions over 18 years at St. John’s University in New York, including his last post as vice president for business affairs and treasurer. He started his career in the audit practice of Coopers & Lybrand in Boston where he spent three years and became a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts.

He sits on the board of St. John’s Bread & Life Program Inc., a large soup kitchen and social service agency in Brooklyn, NY. He is also a member of the board of the Boston Consortium for Higher Education.

Nedell holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and an MBA from St. John’s University.

Thomas Nedell
Senior Vice President for Finance and Treasurer

  • Maria Cimilluca
    Vice President for Facilities

  • Alysa Gerlach
    Vice President and Assistant Treasurer

  • Anthony Rini
    Vice President for Administration and Financial Planning

  • Kathy Spiegelman
    Vice President and Chief of Campus Planning and Development

  • Patricia Wood
    Vice President of Audit and Advisory Services