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Office of the President (Freeland) records

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Z03-028

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, he 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 2014, Freeland is a lecturer in History at Northeastern. Box 1 contains 15 folders regarding the Department of Co-operative Education. It also contains records of the Office of University Communications, University Relations, International Students, Educational Opportunity Program, and the Marino Science Engineering Lab Building Project. The bulk of the records are from 1997-1999. Box 2 contains correspondences of the president, including condolence letters, congratulations on his inauguration, thank you letters, and other laudatory letters. Three folders concern the debate over co-ops starting in 1991. Other files concern the Forsyth Dental School, the Kellogg's Foundation, fundraising with Ketchum, Inc., the evaluation of Bryant College (Freeland was a committee member), and the institutional master plan. Folder list available in electronic Control File on SharePoint. The collection is unprocessed. Accessioned 2003 Feb 24. Staff in Office of the President reorganized the folders. 40/4

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Records are closed for 25 years from their date of creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.

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  • Creation: ca. 1996-1998


2 cubic feet (2 cubic feet in 2 record center cartons.)