Dr. John LaBrie
Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Vice President for Professional Education
Dr. John LaBrie is the dean of the College of Professional Studies and vice president for Professional Education. He has led growth in enrollment and initiated curricular reviews at the College, and today he leads one of the country's largest colleges of professional studies, offering qualified returning students and working adults the opportunity to pursue bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. His responsibilities include oversight of Northeastern University (NU) Global, a unique group of international and U.S.-based programs for international students to study at the University's undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, Dr. LaBrie oversees Northeastern University Online, which offers online undergraduate and graduate degree programs. He joined the Northeastern faculty in 2009 as a senior fellow teaching in the Doctorate of Education Program, and continues to supervise the dissertations of doctoral candidates.
A passionate advocate for adult and professional education, Dr. LaBrie advises other institutions on academic programs for adult and returning students, and leads and participates in academic reviews. He is a frequently invited presenter at higher education conferences, such as the European Association for International Educators (EAIE), and collaborates with colleagues across higher education on issues related to online and flexible learning formats.
Prior to joining the College, Dr. LaBrie served as dean of continuing studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he led the largest continuing education university program in western Canada. His professional leadership roles include terms as the national president and executive director of the North American Association of Summer Sessions, the nation's largest professional association for directors and deans of summer and special session programs. He also has served on accreditation review teams in Canada, and has conducted program and management reviews of continuing education programs in the United States.
Dr. LaBrie was an adult learner, earning his bachelor's degree in French part-time from the University of Maine at Fort Kent. He then went on to earn an MSA in management from Saint Michael's College and an
from the University of Pennsylvania.
Read John LaBrie's posts on the CPS blog, Aspire.
Dr. John Caron
Senior Associate Dean, Academic and Faculty Affairs
Dr. John Caron is the senior associate dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs for the College of Professional Studies. Dr. Caron has 20 years of experience in higher education. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses, and has served as the chair of dissertation committees in the Doctorate of Education Program at Northeastern University. His research interests include academic governance and organizational development.
Prior to joining Northeastern University, he served as the associate dean of Continuing Education at Brown University. He began his career in student affairs at the University of Connecticut in
and at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Caron served as interim dean of Admission and the First Year at Bennington College in Vermont. He left higher education for five years and ran a successful small business. The first in his family to attend college, Dr. Caron holds a BS from Providence College, an MA in sociology from the University of Connecticut, and an
from the University of Pennsylvania.
Catherine S. Kim
Senior Associate Dean, Administration, Enrollment, and Student Affairs
Catherine S. Kim is the senior associate dean for Administration, Enrollment, and Student Affairs for the College of Professional Studies. Ms. Kim is responsible for the enrollment management, financial aid, marketing, admissions, information technology, human resources, and space planning units. She plays a lead role in setting and implementing future business directions for the College and in creating innovative solutions to improve college-wide efficiency and productivity.
Prior to joining Northeastern University, Ms. Kim was an attorney in the commercial litigation group at Hinckley Allen & Snyder LLP. She also taught as a part-time lecturer in the Legal Research and Writing Program at Boston University School of Law, and was a judicial research assistant for the Honorable David G. Sills, presiding justice at the California State Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division 3.
Ms. Kim holds a BA in English literature from Princeton University and a JD from Boston University. She also completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education and the inaugural Leadership Development Program at Northeastern University.
Dr. Patrick F. Plunkett
Senior Associate Dean, Global Engagement; Executive Director, Northeastern University Global
Dr. Patrick F. Plunkett is the senior associate dean for Global Engagement and the executive director of Northeastern University (NU) Global. Dr. Plunkett is responsible for advocating and coordinating international programs, advising the dean on international issues, and providing administrative oversight of the University's international affiliations and contracts.
Prior to his current appointment at Northeastern University, Dr. Plunkett served for two years as the acting dean of the University's
College of Health Sciences. He led the college through a period of transformational change by integrating 137 full-time faculty, 38 academic programs, and five research centers, formerly housed in two separate colleges, into one college. Before becoming acting dean, Dr. Plunkett served for nine years as the associate dean for academic affairs in the
College of Health Sciences. For seven years, he directed the University's Minority High School Student Research Apprentice Program. Dr. Plunkett holds an AB in biology from Saint Anselm College, an MS in physiology from
College, and an
in higher education administration from Northeastern University. He also completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.
Associate Dean, Finance and Administration
Michael Gladstone is the associate dean of Finance and Administration for the College of Professional Studies. As chief financial officer, Mr. Gladstone is responsible for budget and finance, campus facilities, and information technology. He has held numerous positions at Northeastern University, including roles in central administration and teaching as an adjunct instructor in the College's Information Technology Program.
Prior to joining Northeastern University, Mr. Gladstone held various management positions in the private sector. Mr. Gladstone holds a BS in business administration with a concentration in management from Salem State College and an MBA from Northeastern University. He also completed the Management Leadership in Education Program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Sondlo Leonard (Len) Mhlaba
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Academic and Faculty Affairs
Dr. Sondlo Leonard (Len) Mhlaba is the associate dean of Undergraduate Academic and Faculty Affairs for the College of Professional Studies. Dr. Mhlaba is responsible for issues related to the undergraduate curriculum, faculty recruitment and development, market and competitive positioning, and needs assessment.
Prior to joining Northeastern University, he served at Bunker Hill Community College as the dean of Arts and Sciences and as the dean of Mathematics, Behavioral, and Social Sciences. His other assignments have included assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Wentworth Institute of Technology, where he later taught mathematics and physics. Before entering the field of higher education, Dr.
worked for the Commonwealth, first as associate director for State and Local Relations, and later as deputy administrator in the Division of Social and Economic Opportunity.
Dr. Mhlaba holds an MEd in science education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a PhD in law, policy, and society from Northeastern University. He was a Loeb Fellow in advanced environmental studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Read Dr. Mhlaba's posts on the CPS blog, Aspire.
Dr. Kelly Otter
Associate Dean, Graduate Academic and Faculty Affairs
Dr. Kelly Otter is the associate dean for Graduate Academic and Faculty Affairs for the College of Professional Studies. Dr. Otter is responsible for developing professional programs at the graduate level for regional, national, and international delivery.
Prior to joining Northeastern University, Dr. Otter was the associate dean of the College of General Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She brings experience in academic program development and oversight, as well as in technology-mediated education. Dr. Otter has administered programs in multiple educational environments in traditional undergraduate and graduate liberal arts programs. These experiences led to the cultivation of inter- and
-institutional partnerships to support professionally oriented degree and non-degree programs. She has taught courses in speech and media studies at New York University and at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Otter holds a BA in communications from the University of Michigan; an MA in radio, TV, and film from Wayne State University; and a PhD in arts and humanities education from the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University.
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Dr. Mya M. Mangawang
Senior Assistant Dean, Graduate Academic and Faculty Affairs
Dr. Mya M. Mangawang is a senior assistant dean of academic and faculty affairs at Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies and oversees the graduate programs in education that include the Doctor of Education (EdD), the Master of Education (MEd), and the Master of Art in Teaching (MAT).
Dr. Mangawang has an extensive background in higher education having served in various roles and capacities in colleges and universities spanning both student and faculty affairs. Prior to arriving at Northeastern, she served as a dean of student affairs at Bowdoin College, and then a resident dean at Harvard University, where she was a scholar in residence teaching courses in the history of art. Most recently, Dr. Mangawang served as an assistant provost for faculty affairs at Boston University supporting a full-time faculty of over 1,200. At BU she oversaw faculty orientations, the faculty promotion and appointment process, and designed an Emerging Leaders program to advance young faculty talent.
Dr. Mangawang earned her AB from Dartmouth College, her MEd from the University of Vermont, and her MA and PhD from Bryn Mawr College.
Special Academic Officer
Nancy Pawlyshyn is special academic officer for the College of Professional Studies. She is responsible for coordinating a variety of faculty-wide initiatives for the College. She is also a member of the faculty in the Graduate Education programs. These two roles blend academic and administrative responsibilities, strengthening key areas of strategic growth for the College.
Nancy brings deep academic and administrative experience in higher education management to this role, with a track record of success in creating and advancing faculty development programs, systems for assessment of student learning, and student success programs. The projects include her work as an initiator and adviser to the Kaleidoscope Project, a 20-institution implementation of a model for adoption of open education resources in curriculum to improve at-risk student retention and success, funded by the Gates Foundation. She also launched a faculty development program focused on promoting faculty as change agents at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, that included scholarship, faculty learning communities and faculty professional ePortfolios. She was founding director for a Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.
Previously, Nancy was chief assessment officer and associate provost in academic affairs at Mercy College. She has also served as dean of social sciences, humanities, arts and physical education at San Jose Evergreen Community College District in San Jose, CA, and was chair of the Department of Communications at Simmons College in Boston.
Kevin Bell, Executive Director, Northeastern University Online Curriculum Development and Deployment
Kevin Bell is the Executive Director for Online Curriculum Development and Deployment at the College of Professional Studies. Mr. Bell leads Northeastern University's efforts toward the goal of high-quality, professional online programs based on industry and academic standards. He works closely with senior leadership to ensure that the Northeastern University Online strategy aligns with the College's five-year vision and with the University's academic and regional campus goals.
Prior to joining the College, Mr. Bell served as chief academic officer for the College of Online and Continuing Education and as Associate Vice President for Learning and Development at Southern New Hampshire University. He developed and implemented new processes for monitoring quality in online courses, managed consistent standards across the university's entire online portfolio, and supervised the oversight and expansion of instructional design and production teams. Mr. Bell also worked as the project manager for the multinational Open Educational Resource OER University, with the goal of opening global access to higher education for underserved communities. For five years, he was a client services manager for one of the largest language companies in Japan.
Mr. Bell holds an MA in Teaching with Internet Technologies from Marlboro College Graduate Center, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the EdD program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Read Kevin Bell's posts on the CPS blog, Aspire.
Executive Director, College Marketing and Communications
Julie Corwin is the executive director of College Marketing and Communications for the College of Professional Studies. Ms. Corwin leads the integrated team that handles all messaging, branding, and global positioning for the College. Her special interests and analytical expertise include marketing research, measuring marketing outcomes, and examining customer experience influence on brand strength.
Prior to joining Northeastern University, Ms. Corwin served as the senior director of marketing at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, one of the nation's largest pediatric research organizations, where she directed local and national marketing strategy to enhance the hospital's reputation and increase national referrals. Ms. Corwin has been a frequent guest lecturer on branding, marketing research, and marketing execution for MBA and other graduate programs, and has earned numerous awards in the communications field. Ms. Corwin holds a BA in public relations and communications from Heidelberg University in Ohio and an MA in communications studies from Emerson College.
Kevin R. Currie
Executive Director, Northeastern University Online
Kevin R. Currie is the executive director of Northeastern University Online. He has nearly 30 years of experience in higher education, management consulting, sales, and training. Mr. Currie was the director of the State-of-the-Art Program at Northeastern University, where he also developed educational programs for Indonesia in voice and data communications, as well as a cooperative venture with the University of Oxford, England.
Prior to joining the College of Professional Studies, he served as director of the corporate training group at Boston University, where he oversaw the delivery of programs to corporations and expanded the delivery from regional to international with programs in Egypt, England, the Netherlands, and other European countries. He also served as general manager of Nelson Communications, where he was the founding director of their Telesolutions division responsible for the oversight and presentation of executive-level programs across the United States and Europe. Mr. Currie holds a BA in English from Framingham State College and a Certificate in Training and Development from Boston University.
Dr. Brian Murphy Clinton
Executive Director, Enrollment Management
Dr. Brian Murphy Clinton is the executive director of Enrollment Management for the College of Professional Studies. He oversees the admissions, registrar, financial aid, contact center, and strategic data analysis units, as well as the strategic development and implementation of the College's activities in student acquisition, enrollment, and retention. His primary research focus is ensuring a better understanding of college student retention models and programs for marginalized populations. He also is committed to expanding the arena of enrollment management by building out models and strategies for various student populations, including online, graduate, and adult learners.
Prior to joining the College, Dr. Murphy Clinton held various positions in the Office of Student Financial Services at Northeastern University. Dr. Murphy Clinton holds a BS in political science from Stonehill College, an MA in higher education administration from Boston College, and an EdD from Northeastern University.
Read Dr. Murphy Clinton's posts on the CPS blog, Aspire.
Special Assistant and Project Administrator
Deborah Berwaldt is the special assistant and project administrator for Dr. John LaBrie at the College of Professional Studies. Ms. Berwaldt is responsible for ensuring that the daily operations of the Dean's Office run efficiently, particularly in the area of administrative support to the dean. Her key responsibilities include calendar management, assisting in tracking and completing key projects, communicating on behalf of the dean, and the oversight and planning of events and travel.
Prior to joining the dean's senior staff, she was the executive assistant to the provost at Northeastern University. Ms. Berwaldt holds a BS in health management from the College of Professional Studies, and is currently working toward an MPA in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University.