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Office of the Executive Vice President records

 Collection
Identifier: A032

Overview

In the mid-1960s, Northeastern University (NU) president Asa Knowles initiated a major administrative reorganization, including a change in the by-laws to allow for more than one vice president. In September 1966, Knowles asked the Board of Trustees to approve the appointment of William C. White, then Vice President and Provost, to the position of Executive Vice President. The Office of Executive Vice President was not created to fill a particular administrative role. Subsequent executive vice presidents molded the position to fill current needs and match their skills. Although White retired in 1968, another executive vice president was not named until 1971 when Kenneth G. Ryder assumed the position. Ryder retained many of the responsibilities from his former role as Vice President of Administration and focused on the expanding academic programs. In 1975, Ryder was elected president, and he appointed John A. Curry as the Executive Vice President. Under Curry, the office managed NU's day-to-day administration. In 1989, Curry was elected NU president, and the position was discontinued.

Dates

  • 1963-1992

Creator

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:

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

Historical Note

During the 1950s and early 1960s, Northeastern University experienced unprecedented expansion.  By the mid-1960s, Northeastern University President Asa Knowles recognized that the current administrative structure was inadequate to manage the increased size and complexity of the institution.  Knowles led the University through major administrative reorganization, including a change in the bylaws to allow for more than one vice president.  The Corporation approved this change in the spring of 1966.  In September 1966, Knowles asked the Board of Trustees to approve the appointment of William C. White, then Vice President and Provost, to the position of Executive Vice President.  The Board approved this appointment, thus electing the University's first Executive Vice President.

The Office of the Executive Vice President was not created to fill a particular administrative role.  It was created in part to reward Dr. White for his many years of service and to redistribute his responsibilities prior to his impending retirement.  Subsequent appointments molded the position to fill the needs of the moment and to best use the skills of the office's holder. Although White retired in 1968, another Executive Vice President was not named until 1971 when Kenneth G. Ryder assumed the position.  As Executive Vice President, Ryder retained many of his responsibilities from his former role as Vice President of Administration and focused on the expanding academic programs.  In 1975 Ryder was elected president and he appointed John A. Curry executive vice president.  Under Curry the Office of the Executive Vice President managed the day-to-day administration of the University, particularly Northeastern's role in Phase II of Judge Garrity's desegregation order.  In 1989 Curry was elected University President and the position was discontinued.

Extent

4.50 cubic feet (8 containers)

System of Arrangement:

Organized into 3 series: 1. William C. White; 2. Kenneth G. Ryder; and 3. John A. Curry.

Physical Location

29/1
Title
Finding aid for the Office of the Executive Vice President Records
Author
Finding aid prepared by Alison Brown; updated by Jeanine Rees; updated by Caitlin Birch
Date
May 1999, April 2005, February 2014
Language of description
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
92 Snell Library
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US