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 Provost

As the university’s chief academic officer, David Madigan leads Northeastern’s educational and research enterprise. He oversees the university’s nine schools and colleges, information technology services, and university libraries.

Madigan came to Northeastern from Columbia University, where he served as executive vice president for arts and sciences and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In those roles, he oversaw five schools with 27 departments and some 50 research centers and institutes. He led successful initiatives to expand lifelong learning programs, and to make Columbia’s faculty and student body more diverse. Notably, he spearheaded a program to ensure that Columbia’s first-generation students would have the mentoring and support they needed to succeed in a highly demanding academic environment.

At Columbia and in his previous position as Rutgers University’s Dean of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Madigan developed new interdisciplinary learning and research collaborations, and forged industry partnerships to support student and faculty innovation. Under his leadership as department chair, Columbia’s statistics faculty ascended to the ranks of the nation’s top 10.

A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Madigan has long been a leading researcher at the intersection of Big Data with healthcare innovation. While serving on the statistics faculty at the University of Washington, he was a member of the world-renowned Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Madigan also brings a strong global perspective to Northeastern. A native of Ireland, he has led large-scale global collaborations involving academic and pharmaceutical company researchers and government regulators in the U.S. and Europe. Beyond the halls of academia, he has experience as an entrepreneur, innovation leader, researcher, and consultant, both in the U.S. and Ireland. He earned his BA and PhD from Trinity College Dublin.

David Madigan
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • Gregory Abowd
    Dean of the College of Engineering

  • Dan Cohen
    Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Information Collaboration

  • James R. Hackney
    Dean of the School of Law

  • Elizabeth Hudson
    Dean of the College of Arts, Media and Design

  • Elizabeth D. Mynatt
    Dean of the Khoury College of Computer Sciences

  • Uta G. Poiger
    Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities

  • Carmen Sceppa
    Dean of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences

  • Radhika Seshan
    Dean of the College of Professional Studies

  • Hazel Sive
    Dean of the College of Science

  • Emery Trahan
    Interim Dunton Family Dean of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business

  • Carolyn Bargoot
    Deputy Provost

  • Debra Franko
    Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

  • Phil He
    Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity

  • Jacqueline Isaacs
    Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

  • Diane Levin
    University Ombuds

  • David Luzzi
    Senior Vice Provost for Research and Vice President of the Innovation Campus at Burlington, Massachusetts

  • Simon Pitts
    Director of the Gordon Leadership Institute

  • Karl Reid
    Senior Vice Provost and Chief Inclusion Officer

  • Tom Sheahan
    Executive Vice Provost

  • Geoffrey Trussell
    Vice President of the Nahant, Massachusetts Campus

  • Sara Wadia-Fascetti
    Vice Provost for the PhD Network