Skip to main content

Richard M. Freeland papers

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Z16-031

Content Description

Richard M. Freeland served as the sixth president of Northeastern University from 1996-2006. Born and raised in Mountain Lakes, N.J., Freeland received a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Amherst College in 1963 and a doctorate in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. As assistant to the president of the University of Massachusetts in 1970, he focused on the development of a new campus in Boston. For the next 22 years, Freeland was associated with UMass Boston, serving consecutively as assistant to the chancellor, director of the Office of Educational Planning, founding dean of the College of Professional Studies and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1992 Freeland became vice chancellor for academic affairs at the City University of New York, before moving to Northeastern in 1996. Under Freeland's leadership, Northeastern focused on achieving excellence as a national research university that is student-centered, practice-oriented and urban. President Freeland emphasized Northeastern's leadership in practice-oriented education by enhancing the university's flagship program of cooperative education and strengthening links between co-op and classroom in both professional fields and the arts and sciences. As of 2015, Freeland is a lecturer in History at Northeastern. The majority of the collection documents Freeland's role as Commissioner of the Mass. Department of Higher Education, a position he held from 2008-2015. Included are memos, reports and correspondence. Also included in the collection is a small amount of memorabilia, including a presidential medallion from Northeastern. The collection is unprocessed. 47/3 Accessioned 2015 Nov 23.

Restrictions Apply


Access Restrictions

The collection is open with permission of Richard Freeland until his death, at which time it is unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Requests for permission to publish from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.


  • Creation: ca. 2007-2015