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Drawn from a range of backgrounds, the Board has primary responsibility for the good governance of the College. The full Board is listed below.

Rob Farquharson, Chief Executive Officer

Rob’s early career was as a solicitor with Clifford Chance in London and Singapore. He spent four years in corporate finance with 3i and three years with Bain & Company as a consultant. More recently, he has spent eight years as a director and managing director of major educational publishing businesses. He has a degree in history from Oxford University and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Kenneth W. Henderson, Chancellor and Senior Vice President for Learning Northeastern University

Ken Henderson, appointed Northeastern University’s first chancellor in 2019, leads Northeastern’s broad portfolio of learning functions. He oversees internationalization and learner mobility; the global campuses; innovation in experiential learning, embracing digital and lifelong learning; student affairs including athletics, housing, and wellness; as well as enrollment management, incorporating admissions, marketing, and financial aid.

Henderson joined Northeastern University in 2016 as Dean of the College of Science, comprised of six disciplinary departments with nearly 350 faculty and staff and enrollment of more than 4500 students. As Dean, Ken established a focused five-year strategic vision and plan which aligned the college with Northeastern 2025, the University’s academic plan, and cements the college’s environment of scholarly and educational excellence.

A scholar of synthetic and structural inorganic chemistry, Henderson previously served as the chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame. During his 14 year tenure at Notre Dame, he was also the senior assistant provost for internationalization at Notre Dame, developing undergraduate programs and strategic international partnerships for research collaborations.

Henderson’s research interests lie in organometallic and materials chemistry, with a particular focus on energy-related systems. Chancellor Henderson has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2007.

Henderson received a first class Honors B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, as well as his PhD, for which he was awarded the Ritchie Prize for the best PhD thesis. He conducted Post-Doctorate research at Brown University.

Ralph C. Martin II (Chair), Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Northeastern University

Ralph C. Martin, II is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Northeastern University. Since 2011, he has served as the chief legal officer for the University, and has oversight of institutional master planning, compliance and risk management, city and public affairs, and institutional diversity. In his current capacity, Ralph serves on the eight member Senior Leadership Team of Northeastern University, which directs the overall strategic direction of the University under the leadership of the President.

Before joining Northeastern, Ralph was the managing partner of the 275 lawyer Boston office of Bingham McCutchen, a 1,100 lawyer international law firm. Ralph has more than 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer and state and federal prosecutor. He practiced in the areas of corporate investigations, white collar defense and general civil litigation. Ralph was also the managing principal of Bingham Consulting Group.

Ralph has served on several Boards, including serving for two years as Chairman of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the region’s leading business advocacy group. Ralph is also the former Suffolk County district attorney, having served as the elected prosecutor for Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop from 1992-2002.

Tom Nedell, Senior Vice President for Finance & Treasurer at Northeastern University

Thomas Nedell manages the university’s financial affairs to help ensure that it has the budgetary resources to achieve its ambitious goals. His portfolio includes campus planning, facilities, finance, human resources, institutional audit, and treasury, including oversight of the university’s endowment.

As Northeastern’s chief financial officer, he is responsible for establishing and monitoring sound financial controls within the university community.

Nedell joined Northeastern in 2009 as vice president for finance. Prior to that, he held several different positions over 18 years at St. John’s University in New York, including his last post as vice president for business affairs and treasurer. He started his career in the audit practice of Coopers & Lybrand in Boston where he spent three years and became a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts.

He sits on the board of St. John’s Bread & Life Program, Inc., a large soup kitchen and social service agency in Brooklyn, NY. He is also a member of the board of the Boston Consortium for Higher Education.

Nedell holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and an MBA from St. John’s University.

Deanna Raineri, Vice President & Senior Vice Chancellor for Digital Learning & Mobility Strategy at Northeastern University

Deanna Raineri serves as the Senior Advisor to the President for Learning Partnerships and as the Vice President and Senior Vice Chancellor for Digital Learning and Mobility Strategies at Northeastern University. In these roles, Raineri develops and executes strategies to grow the university’s lifelong learning and experiential programs throughout its global university system. Raineri leads the Experiential, Digital, and Global Education (EDGE) Team and oversees the New College for the Humanities in London.

Raineri comes to Northeastern from Coursera, an online education company, where she most recently served as the Chief Academic Strategist and the interim Chief Content Officer.

Raineri joined Coursera in May 2016 from the position of Associate Provost for Education Innovation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where she provided leadership for innovations in classroom and online education. Raineri joined UIUC in 1992 after earning a PhD in Biochemistry and Chemistry in the U.K., and completing a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Washington. Prior to joining the Provost’s Office, she served as Associate Dean for Instructional Technologies and Information Services in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and as a faculty member in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Raineri has worked at the leading edge of digital learning for the majority of her career, in which she has developed innovative online and blended education programs and strategies, including the first unbundled and stackable degrees to better serve the needs of today’s lifelong learners.

Tricia Wood, Vice President of Audit & Advisory Services at Northeastern University

As the Vice President of Audit & Advisory Services, Tricia Wood is responsible for developing, organizing, and directing Northeastern University’s Audit plan. She also contributes to the Enterprise Risk Management program which oversees efforts to facilitate the identification, assessment, and management of key institutional risks. She reports administratively to the Senior Vice President Finance and Treasurer and has a direct reporting relationship to the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Prior to joining Northeastern, she worked at Boston College and Deloitte. She received her MBA from Boston College and her Bachelors in Mathematics from Stonehill College. Tricia holds Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified in Information Systems Risks & Controls (CRISC) certifications.

Darren Campili, Vice Chairman, Healthcare Investment Banking at Barclays

Darren is one of Europe’s preeminent advisors to European life sciences companies. Before joining Barclays he spent 12 years at Deutsche Bank, based in both New York and London, most recently as Global Head of Healthcare Banking. He has advised on a number of significant transactions, including Stada’s sale to Bain and Cinven, Shire’s acquisitions of Baxalta, Dyax and Movetis, Bayer’s acquisition of Algeta, and Takeda’s acquisition of Nycomed.

Darren is an alumnus of Northeastern, having gained his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance there, before attaining an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Jonathan Philip Pryce Goodwin OBE

Jonathan Goodwin is a Partner and Head of Merchant Banking at Alvarium Investments. In 2011 he founded Lepe Partners, an independent merchant bank focused on the media, internet and consumer sectors, which merged with Alvarium in 2019. Prior to founding Lepe, Mr. Goodwin was Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of LongAcre Partners, Europe’s leading mid-market media corporate finance house. Jonathan is also President, Investment Pillar, British Fashion Council, which is committed to developing excellence and growth in a sector that is a significant contributor to the British economy. More recently Jonathan received his OBE for services to the economy in 2018 and has been appointed Chairman of the Media Trust in 2020.

Julietta E. Dexter

Julietta Dexter is co-founder and Chief Growth & Purpose Officer of ScienceMagic.Inc. Founded in 2020, ScienceMagic.Inc partners with brands to define and articulate their purpose, develop their commercial strategies, and build their digital interfaces. She served as founding partner and chief executive officer of The Communications Store until it merged with ScienceMagic,Inc in 2020. She is also an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust campaign, Women Supporting Women, a Trustee for Beauty Banks, a charity combating hygiene poverty in the UK and a regular fundraiser for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Professor A C Grayling, Principal, Founder & Professor of Philosophy (co-opted)


A. C. Grayling CBE MA DPhil (Oxon) FRSA FRSL is the Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, and its Professor of Philosophy. He is also a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. He is the author of over thirty books of philosophy, biography, history of ideas, and essays. He was for a number of years a columnist on the Guardian, the Times, and Prospect magazine. He has contributed to many leading newspapers in the UK, US and Australia, and to BBC radios 4, 3 and the World Service, for which he did the annual ‘Exchanges at the Frontier’ series; and he has often appeared on television. He has twice been a judge on the Booker Prize, in 2014 serving as the Chair of the judging panel. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Vice President of Humanists UK, Patron of the Defence Humanists, Honorary Associate of the Secular Society, and a Patron of Dignity in Dying.

Martin Smith, Assistant Vice President for Recruitment & Marketing for the Global Campuses (co-opted)

Martin is responsible for the recruitment and marketing function across much of Northeastern University’s campus network, including: Charlotte, London (NCH), San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Toronto and Vancouver. Martin gained extensive experience of student recruitment at the University of Law, including the development of the international recruitment department and the agent network . Before this, he was a lecturer in law at the College of Law, the University of Kent and the University of Reading. He was previously a solicitor in the City with Denton Wilde Sapte, specialising in EU and competition law. He holds LLB and LLM degrees.

Senior Management Team

The Senior Management Team (SMT) ensures there is effective leadership, management and coordination of all academic administrative services, marketing, recruitment and support activities undertaken by the College. SMT is responsible for developing detailed operational plans and supporting strategies to deliver the NCH Strategic Plan.