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Creator: Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of the Executive Vice President.
Title:Office of the Executive Vice President records
Dates:1963-1992
Call Number:A32
Location:29/1
Volume:4.50 cubic ft. (8 boxes)
Scope and Content Note:This collection documents the operations of the Office of the Executive Vice President through three administrations. Records of William C. White's term include materials concerning the development of academic colleges and departments, historical statistics, and correspondence. Records of Kenneth G. Ryder's term include materials related to the expansion of academic programs and associated student, faculty, and administrative committees. Of particular interest is the material concerning the development and early operations of the Afro-American Institute. Records of John A. Curry's term include materials related to the administrative operations of the university. Of particular interest are records concerning the development and implementation of the 1987 strategic plan for the University, "Strategic Directions for Northeastern University," and the 1979 Title IX compliance review. Also included are extensive records documenting the funding and construction of the Snell Library.
Historical Abstract: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.
Arrangement:Organized into 3 series: 1. William C. White; 2. Kenneth G. Ryder; and 3. John A. Curry.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Curry, John A., 1934-
  • Ryder, Kenneth G., 1924-
  • White, William C., 1902-1986(?)

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). African American Institute.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)--Administration.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Libraries.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of the Executive Vice President.


Restrictions:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Alison Brown, May 1999; updated by Jeanine Rees, April 2005; updated by Caitlin Birch, February 2014