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.

Senior Vice President for Global Network and Strategic Initiatives

In her dual role, Mary Ludden oversees Northeastern’s global network of campuses in London, Charlotte, Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley, as well as the College of Professional Studies and its 90-plus programs enrolling more than 8,000 lifelong learners.

Previously, she served CPS as interim dean, as a faculty director leading the college’s undergraduate and graduate programs in project management and leadership, and as a full-time faculty member.

Prior to joining Northeastern, Ludden spent more than 20 years in the healthcare industry. Ludden served as vice president and chief operating officer of National Government Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Fortune 50 managed healthcare company Anthem, Inc.

Ludden was responsible for a portfolio of programs and projects in excess of $450 million of annual operating revenue generated from government contracts. These included both health information technology programs and business process programs. She joined Anthem as senior director of operations. Ludden then served as director of health information technology programs and subsequently, as senior director of NGS’s Enterprise Program Management Office.

She brings a breadth of expertise to the university, in areas ranging from strategic leadership and planning to performance measurement, data analytics, and information technology. She is frequently an invited speaker on these subjects and consults with Fortune 50 organizations on strategic growth initiatives.

Ludden earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from the University of Southern Maine, an MBA from Husson University, and a PhD in public policy and administration from Walden University.

Mary Ludden
Senior Vice President for Global Network and Strategic Initiatives

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

  • Rob Farquharson
    CEO of Northeastern University, London

  • Angela Hosking
    Regional Dean and CEO of Northeastern University, Charlotte

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

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

  • Jamie Jones Miller
    Regional Dean and CEO of Northeastern University, Arlington

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