“Serving as dean of our college has been the highlight of my academic career,” says Larry Finkelstein, who is retiring by September from his 18-year tenure as dean of the College of Computer and Information Science.

Finkelstein joined the Northeastern faculty in 1983, just one year after CCIS was founded, and was named dean in 1994. During his tenure, the college was twice designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence—by the National Security Agency as a Center in Cyber Operations and by the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center in Information Assurance Research and Education. During the last three years, research funding at the college has increased by 180 percent.

In addition to pioneering combined majors at Northeastern, Finkelstein spearheaded several groundbreaking and interdisciplinary programs, including a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a concentration in cyberoperations and master’s and doctorate degrees in health informatics and information assurance.

Under Finkelstein’s leadership, the quality of students enrolled in CCIS has increased significantly. The college has also expanded experiential education opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students, adding numerous positions at Fortune 500 companies. He helped lead the development of online options for professional master’s students, including making all of these programs available at Northeastern’s graduate campuses in Charlotte, N.C., and Seattle.

“Larry’s work over the years has made a tremendous impact on CCIS and advanced the university’s teaching and research mission in critical areas, such as improving the quality of healthcare through innovative information technology and securing the nation’s cyberinfrastructure,” says Stephen W. Director, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

“Northeastern will be privileged to welcome Larry back to the faculty after a much deserved yearlong sabbatical,” Director adds.