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1990s

1990-1991

  • The university ends the 1989-1990 budget year with a $2.2 million surplus.
  • Asa Smallidge Knowles, Northeastern's third president, dies in August.
  • At the mid-September trustees' meeting, President Curry previews his "smaller but better" address to be delivered to faculty and staff the following week, in which he asks the community to join him in creating a bold new strategy leading to a leaner, better Northeastern. The trustees vote to create a special committee to assist Curry address enrollment issues.
  • Snell Library, named for the building's main benefactor, George Snell, opens in the fall.
  • Robert Culver becomes senior vice president and treasurer.
  • In October, the Ruggles Building is renamed Ryder Hall in honor of Chancellor Kenneth Gilmore Ryder.
  • Northeastern acquires a property at 27 Tavern Road and demolishes it, allowing the possibility of future building on the west side of campus.
  • The university trims $11 million from its $232 million 1990-1991 budget through salary deferral, a hiring freeze, and other measures.
  • President Curry calls for increased selectivity in admissions, noting that 10,300 of 10,600 applicants were admitted to the fall 1990 entering class.
  • In December, the Cooperative Education Planning Project committee makes more than 100 recommendations to enhance the co-op program, including improving connections between academics and co-op; changing tenure eligibility for co-op professionals; and enhancing marketing, technology, research, and organization.
  • Barry Karger, director of the Barnett Institute for Chemical Analysis and Materials Science, receives the National Institute of Health's Merit Award for $1 million.
  • Students ask that ROTC be ousted from campus by 1993; President Curry refuses but publicly denounces the U.S. Defense Department's policy discriminating against gays.
  • Students recommend a major renovation of the student center.
  • In December, a guide to the nation's top business schools published by Prentice Hall lists the College of Business Administration's graduate program as one of the best in the country.
  • Barry Gallup is hired as football coach.
  • In January, President Curry announces the layoff of 175 staff; a total of 400 positions are eliminated through attrition, buyouts, and early retirement.
  • Provost Baer establishes a committee to consider merging the colleges of engineering and computer science.
  • In January, engineering professor J. Spencer Rochefort and senior research associate Lawrence O'Connor win a $9.5 million, five-year U.S. Air Force grant.
  • President Curry eliminates four vice presidential positions as part of university downsizing.
  • Jeanne Rowlands, pioneer in women's athletics at Northeastern, retires; the men's and women's athletics departments are merged several months later.
  • American Rowing magazine selects Henderson Boathouse as the best boathouse in the United States.
  • Northeastern's development office announces its best cash year ever as The Century Fund – Phase II draws to a close.
  • In February, Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn chooses Northeastern to undertake massive study of the Boston public schools.
  • Northeastern is admitted to the Yankee Conference in football.
  • State scholarships for Massachusetts college and university students drop from $80 million to $40 million.
  • The university purchases a warehouse on Atherton Street in Jamaica Plain.
  • Northeastern ranks fourth nationally in terms of the number of physician assistant program students passing the national licensing examination.
  • In April, Neal Finnegan, chair of the trustees' special committee on enrollments, reports that the committee and Curry agree that Northeastern must improve selectivity and retention and move in new strategic directions.
  • In May, U.S. News & World Report rates the School of Law fourth nationally for its clinical training program.
  • Viewlogic Systems, Inc., of Marlboro, Mass., donates $4 million in software, the largest such gift in the university's history.
  • In May, the university recognizes Thomas "Tip" O'Neill, Jr., Speaker of the House, by naming a political science chair in his honor.
  • Provost Baer announces a "strategic initiatives" program to generate academic innovation.
  • The Trustees approve a $213 million budget for 1991-1992, $19 million less than the previous year's budget.
  • In May, Jane Scarborough becomes Northeastern's first woman vice president, leading cooperative education; James Fox named interim Dean of the College of Criminal Justice.
  • President Curry elected chairman of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts by his private university colleagues.
  • In June, The Century Fund – Phase II is successfully completed, surpassing its $175 million goal by nearly $12 million.
  • The W. K. Kellogg Foundation awards $6 million to the College of Nursing and local university and health center partners for an initiative in community health education.
  • In a campus survey, 82 percent of students gave high ratings to co-op.
  • In June, the Faculty Senate overwhelmingly supports a new faculty classification plan for co-op professionals.
  • James Fox named Dean of the College of Criminal Justice.
  • First Lady Barbara Bush speaks at Northeastern's June commencement.
  • Psychology professor Harlan Lane wins a prestigious MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant.

Barbara Bush receives honorary Doctor of Public Service degree, 1991.

1991-1992

  • Budget year 1990-1991 ends with a surplus of more than $350,000.
  • In the fall, the Center for the Study of Sport in Society is awarded $1.1 million by the National Football League to expand nationally Project Teamwork, a public schools program aimed at combating racism and violence.
  • In August, President Curry is keynote speaker at the World Conference on Cooperative Education in Hong Kong.
  • Northeastern's office of international cooperative education wins a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to introduce cooperative education in Asia.
  • Sociology professor Jack Levin named Massachusetts College Teacher of the Year.
  • In the fall, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department ranks second in external funding only to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology among all New England electrical engineering departments, according to the American Society of Engineering Education.
  • More than 650 faculty and staff volunteer to become "freshman friends" to assure a more student-centered environment.
  • In October, U.S. President George Bush approves $45 million for cooperative education expansion after intense lobbying by the Northeastern administration.
  • Northeastern's Public Relations Department generates an all-time high of 2,000 national news placements per quarter.
  • In fall 1991, university-wide plant improvements include landscaping Cabot Court and the Hurtig-Robinson quadrangle, renovating Blackman Auditorium, building a new entrance to Matthews Arena, and creating basketball courts on the Speare parking area.
  • Boston Edison sponsors $3.5 million energy conservation program at Northeastern.
  • In October, senior administrators complete updated facilities master plan, including an engineering/science research center, new classrooms, a recreation center, parking improvements, and building renovations.
  • Northeastern's financial aid budget increased to $16 million, up $4 million from 1989, despite budget cutbacks in most areas.
  • Following transfer of Boston University's graduate nursing programs to Northeastern, the programs receive accreditation.
  • In the winter, the Board of Trustees approves major parts of a five-year master plan for facilities, including engineering/science research center, new home in Dodge Hall for the College of Business Administration, renovated administration building at 716 Columbus Avenue, classroom building, steam plant, overhaul of Parsons Field, and new telecommunications system. To fund master plan projects and refinance the university's debt, the Trustees approve a $90 million tax-exempt bond.
  • Forbes magazine lists 200 leaders of top small companies in the United States, noting that more of them graduated from Northeastern than any other university.
  • Peter Stace appointed Vice Provost for enrollment management in January.
  • Four hundred and fifty positions eliminated from the budget since late 1990.
  • Network Northeastern begins new series of televised courses to area hospitals.
  • Northeastern receives $6 million federal grant for its new engineering/science research center.
  • President Curry awarded new five-year contract through 1996 following a favorable trustee review.
  • Despite enrollment drop, Northeastern expands and improves its classrooms by constructing new ones and upgrading existing ones.
  • Thomas Campbell, distinguished law professor, named interim Dean of the School of Law.
  • In March, Board of Trustees, on the recommendation of the administration, approves a 1992-1993 budget of $217 million.
  • Associated Press runs a national story in March noting that Northeastern is "ahead of the curve" in facing the tough issues in higher education, and the Association of Governing Boards compliments the university for dealing proactively with budget problems by eliminating positions.
  • In April, colors and flags added across campus to improve the environment and enhance building identification.
  • President Curry appoints commission on tolerance, diversity, and community, chaired by Professor Harlan Lane, to recommend ways to provide a welcoming environment for diverse populations.
  • For a week in May, AIDS Quilt displayed as a tribute to the university's leadership on tolerance and diversity issues.
  • Since 1990, state scholarships for college and university students cut from $86 million to $35 million; Northeastern students' portion drops from $5.5 million to $2.5 million in 1992 alone.
  • University holds first reception honoring all faculty members who published books during the 1991-1992 academic year.
  • Northeastern's alumni magazine awarded gold medal for best quality in the United States from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
  • President Curry's leadership of Northeastern highlighted in the Boston Business Journal.
  • Hallenborg Way, a pathway between Leon Street and Huntington Avenue, dedicated in memory of physical planning director, Charles Hallenborg.
  • Speare Hall designated a "learning-living center" as Northeastern continues to differentiate residence halls for greater student choice.
  • In May, Northeastern wins national award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education for mobilizing alumni fundraising support.
  • Northeastern is sole urban university honored by Barbara Bush and the American Association of Nurserymen for landscaping improvements.
  • In June, Board of Trustees approves a goal of $225 million for Centennial capital campaign.
  • President Curry continues as chair of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts. In this role, he convinces the legislative leadership to override Governor Weld's veto and to boost state scholarships for college students from $35 million to $54 million for the following academic year.
  • The College of Nursing begins nurse anesthesia program with the New England Medical Center.
  • In July, President Curry visits President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt at the University of Alexandria to discuss feasibility of introducing cooperative education to Egyptian universities.
  • David Hall named Dean of the School of Law.

1992-1993

  • John D. O'Bryant, Vice President for Student Affairs, dies in July.
  • University ends the 1992 fiscal year with a surplus of $231,000.
  • In the fall, average SAT scores for entering freshmen are 34 points higher than in 1991, with the national average up only 3 points for that same period.
  • Despite the recession, 97 percent of Northeastern's co-op students are working.
  • Academic strategic planning process, initiated by provost Baer, begins with the creation of a steering committee, college task forces, university-wide task forces, and a set of operating principles, with the anticipation that hundreds of faculty members will be involved.
  • Freshman enrollments top 2,500, stronger than the budgeted figure of 2,400.
  • James Fox is appointed Dean of the College of Criminal Justice.
  • In October, university names its African-American Institute in honor of John D. O'Bryant.
  • Karen Rigg named Vice President for Student Affairs; George Harris is named Vice President for Information Services.
  • Vice Provost Peter Stace introduces integrated enrollment management model.
  • Provost Baer announces that between 1990 and 1992, budget cuts in academic areas have totaled $33 million.
  • In October, Northeastern receives $9 million federal grant for engineering/science center in addition to $6 million previously obtained, thanks to intense congressional lobbying.
  • President Curry institutes smoking ban on campus.
  • The Warren Center in Ashland converted from recreation center to major conference center.
  • Northeastern begins first phase of computer networking project, aimed at creating the so-called "connected" campus.
  • In December, Mayor Raymond Flynn names Northeastern the "best non-profit institution" in Boston.
  • By December, honors students enrolled number more than 1,200, up from 400 in 1989.
  • Trustee George Behrakis provides $1 million for endowed chair in Bouvé College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
  • In January, administration announces 626 positions have been eliminated from the budget since late 1990.
  • University modernizes 31 computer labs.
  • In a winter referendum, students approve raising their $12.50 quarterly student center fees to $50 to help pay for a renovated center.
  • In April, senior Vice President Robert Culver announces that, in real dollars, the 1994 projected budget is 20 percent lower than the 1990 budget.
  • The lobby of Richards Hall upgraded to provide an improved entryway to the admissions office.
  • Assistant engineering Dean David Blackman wins more than $5 million from the National Science Foundation to assist 4,000 minority students in the Boston schools in math education.
  • President Clinton, through his National Service Program, awards $1 million to City Year and its educational partner, Northeastern.
  • Larry Finkelstein named interim Dean of the College of Computer Science.
  • Enrollment officials report that inquiries for the freshman class improved from 14,000 to 69,000 in one year.
  • In May, endowment stands at $211 million, representing growth of 39 percent since 1989.
  • College of Criminal Justice and African-American Institute celebrate silver anniversaries.
  • In May, National Association of College and University Business Officers gives its annual "rightsizing" award to Northeastern.
  • In June, the NBC News show Nightline features a segment on Northeastern and cooperative education.
  • The trustees approve $17 million student center renovation.
  • In June, Katherine Pendergast named Vice President for human resources management.
  • University decides to provide same-sex health benefits for the partners of faculty and staff.
  • President Clinton is commencement speaker, addresses packed house at Boston Garden.
  • Boston-Bouvé and College of Pharmacy merge to become the Bouvé College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
  • Interdisciplinary program in Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies implemented.

1993-1994

  • At President Clinton's invitation, President Curry, student commencement speaker Douglas Luffborough, and Luggborough's mother visit the White House.
  • Reggie Lewis, Husky hoop star and Boston Celtic captain, dies; his funeral at Northeastern's Matthews Arena draws huge crowds.
  • Fiscal year 1993 ends with a surplus of $993,000; the endowment stands at $223 million in September.
  • Three renovated facilities open: Dodge Hall, the university bookstore, and the student center food court.
  • Average SAT scores of entering freshmen rise to 996, up 50 points over a two-year period; retention is up 5 percent among upper-classmen
  • Statue of Cy Young, a gift from the Red Sox and the Yawkey Foundation, placed outside Churchill Hall on site of first World Series in 1903.
  • In October, a student residence at 157-163 Hemenway Street dedicated in memory of Kenneth Loftman, longtime member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Robinson quadrangle landscaped.
  • Provost Baer announces the completion of strategic plan for academics.
  • President Curry invited to the White House Rose Garden for President Clinton's National Service Program announcement. Eli Segal, head of the program, praises Curry for being the first university president to support the program's concept.
  • Students plan for renovation of upper floors of the student center.
  • President Curry names the Distinguished University Professors for trustee chair George Matthews and his wife, Kathleen Waters Matthews, major benefactors of the program.
  • In fall 1993, alumni annual giving increases to $2 million a year, from a start of $5,000 in 1943.
  • "Flame of Hope," Northeastern's first outdoor sculpture, donated by Stanley Young, placed at the corner of Huntington Avenue and Forsyth Street.
  • Trustees approve plans for $12 million recreation center at the corner of Huntington Avenue and Forsyth Street, the first recreation building on campus since the Cabot Center, built in 1954.
  • Project Vote Smart, a national election monitoring group, moves to Northeastern, offering opportunities for 150 interns to become involved in election processes.
  • Northeastern's student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, known for its community service projects, wins the Society's Ridgway Award for the ninth time for being the most outstanding group of its kind in the country.
  • University College opens an emergency medical services institute in Ireland.
  • Northeastern's physician assistant program signs five-year agreement with the Tufts School of Medicine to perform community-based teaching programs.
  • Faculty Senate approves the academic strategic plan. A short time later, the plan is approved by the entire faculty and later by the Trustees. The plan's themes revolve around the idea of the "connected campus", an enhanced intellectual community, a student-centered campus, and a culturally diverse university.
  • Northeastern affiliates with Hebrew College, allowing students to take courses there.
  • By December, Northeastern has eliminated nearly 700 positions since late 1990, excluding financial aid, debt service, salary pools, and buyouts, the projected operating budget for 1995 will be 7 percent lower than the 1990 budget.
  • In March, Irish president Mary Robinson receives honorary degree from Northeastern.
  • Trustees approve operating budget of $241 million for 1994-1995.
  • In the spring, Northeastern's increased selectivity prompts Moody's to rate the university A; Standard & Poor's rates it A/A-.
  • National Jurist magazine rates Northeastern the top school in the country for public interest law.
  • P.J. Patterson, prime minister of Jamaica, awarded a Northeastern honorary degree in May.
  • Outstanding trustee benefactor George Snell, who provided naming gifts both for Snell Library and Snell Engineering Center, provides another $300,000 to enhance endowed professorships in engineering and health sciences.
  • After serving Northeastern for more than 33 years, Eugene Reppucci, Jr., Senior Vice President for Development, announces in March that he will retire the following December.
  • In April, the prestigious Carnegie Foundation upgrades Northeastern from a Doctoral II institution to a Research II institution, an upgrade of two levels, putting the university in a category shared by only 70 other U.S. universities.
  • Larry Finkelstein named Dean of the College of Computer Science.
  • The renovated Dodge Hall is dedicated in May. Trustee Richard Ockerbloom, president of the Boston Globe, led the successful drive to raise $4.6 million toward the $12 million cost of the renovation, which provided a new home for the College of Business Administration.
  • Student Affairs Vice President Karen Rigg introduces a longer summer orientation program for freshmen aimed at strengthening their connection to the university.
  • Northeastern completes the first phase of its plan to wire the campus for the Internet and begins the second phase.
  • Northeastern's alumni magazine wins a top award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
  • In May, trustee Richard Egan provides the single largest gift in the university's history, $6.7 million, to name the new engineering/science research center.
  • Ira Weiss named Dean of the College of Business Administration.
  • Trustee Harvey "Chet" Krentzman provides $700,000 to fund landscaping; Huntington Avenue quadrangle named in his honor.
  • Groundbreaking for a new classroom building, the centerpiece of the university's expansion toward the west side of campus.

1994-1995

  • Fiscal year 1994 ends with $16.8 million in pledges, making it the second best year in the university's history; the university's operating budget shows a surplus of more than $800,000.
  • Northeastern enters its fifth and final year of smaller classes replacing larger classes; there are now 10,600 undergraduates in school, down from 15,200 in 1989-1990.
  • In September, five computer kiosks installed across campus, allowing students easy access to information about schedules, advising, and grades.
  • The university opens downtown campus at 89 Broad Street.
  • International Student Center opens in Ell building.
  • Northeastern initiates The Center for Women & Enterprise.
  • Undergraduate enrollments remain stable but increased competition causes graduate school and University College enrollments to drop, creating a $3.5 million budget problem.
  • Ground broken for the Maureen and Richard J. Egan Engineering/Science Research Center in October.
  • Public kickoff for Centennial Campaign held in November at the Copley Plaza hotel.
  • Muhammad Ali presented an honorary degree at the Center for the Study of Sport in Society banquet.
  • In December, Senior Vice President for development Eugene Reppucci, Jr., retires after 33 years of service to the university.
  • The Pew Foundation selects Northeastern as one of 30 universities to host the Pew Roundtable, due largely to the university's strategic planning effort.
  • Implementation of the academic strategic plan begins. Themes include forming a more student-centered learning environment, focusing on quality, improving infrastructure to support academics, strengthening community outreach and involvement, and better integrating co-op and academics.
  • U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich delivers keynote address at the November celebration of the Master of Public Administration program's 25th anniversary.
  • Richard Meyer named senior Vice President for Development in December; Robert Vozzella becomes Vice President for Cooperative Education.
  • To adjust for a $3.5 million expected budget problem, academic and administrative budgets are reduced an average of 2.6 percent.
  • Northeastern announces honors scholarship program for Boston high school graduates in the top 5 percent of their class and need-based scholarships for those with B averages.
  • The Fenway cultural district enhanced by the addition of greenery on a traffic island outside the Boston YMCA.
  • Trustees approve a $7 million bond to complete the job of wiring all campus buildings to give every faculty member, student, and administrator computer connections to the rest of the university and the world beyond.
  • President Curry is among a small number of college and university leaders to meet with House Speaker Newt Gingrich to stress the importance of federal financial aid for students.
  • A committee chaired by history professor William Fowler begins to evaluate Northeastern's athletics department for compliance with NCAA academic and fiscal integrity standards.
  • In March, the Trustees approve a fiscal year 1996 budget of $252 million.
  • President Curry announces that $5 million has been cut from the fiscal year 1995 budget to cover a projected shortfall.
  • Northeastern receives a $2 million equipment grant for the Egan Center from the National Science Foundation.
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation provides $2.6 million to the College of Nursing for its community health education program and $1 million more for the college's involvement with the "Boston Rises to Help Its Poor" program.
  • In the spring, Ryder Hall refurbished with 29 classrooms and a new student commons; redesign of 716 Columbus Avenue completed, establishing a Northeastern presence in Roxbury for the first time.
  • In April, ground broken for recreation center, funded by a multimillion-dollar grant from alumnus Roger Marino and his wife, Michelle.
  • Faculty Senate approves the awarding of "experiential learning" credit for co-op on student transcripts.
  • In May, Northeastern implements "Academic Common Experience" as the core learning model for undergraduates.
  • President Curry appoints blue-ribbon commission, headed by attorney and Boston Coalition head John Driscoll, to investigate the integrity of Northeastern's athletics programs and allegations of Reggie Lewis' drug use in the 1980s.
  • U.S. News & World Report names the College of Criminal Justice one of four leading criminal justice programs in the country.
  • Collge of Engineering merges its mechanical and industrial engineering programs.
  • College of Business Administration offers a joint MBA-health management program in conjunction with Tufts Medical School and Brandeis University.
  • Law students passing the Bar at a rate of 93.7 percent, second highest among Massachusetts law programs; School of Law opens Urban Law and Public Policy Institute
  • Massachusetts governor William Weld delivers the keynote address at Northeastern's June commencement.
  • Offices of the World Association for Cooperative Education move Canada's Mohawk College to Northeastern.

1995-1996

  • Fiscal Year 1995 ends with a surplus of $18,000; the endowment stands at $253 million as of September; and total university assets have increased by $21 million since fall 1994. In addition, the year saw $2 million spent on faculty buyouts.
  • Average freshman SAT scores rise 13 points to 1004. Bouvé College's freshman scores have risen 100 points since 1992. The Alternative Freshman Year developmental program now enrolls 13 percent of freshmen, down from 25 percent at its peak.
  • New classroom building opens.
  • Total pledges of $20 million make 1994-1995 the best fundraising year in Northeastern's history.
  • Disability Resource Center serves 555 students, up from 100 served in 1988.
  • As of the beginning of fall quarter, 98 percent of co-op students are employed.
  • Trustee John Lowell provides $1.1 million to move Lowell Institute, an evening technical program, from MIT to Northeastern.
  • The Center for the Study of Sport in Society receives $1 million grant from President Clinton's AmeriCorps program to support national expansion for Project Teamwork, aimed at training youth in conflict resolution.
  • Astronaut alumnus Albert Sacco, Jr., carries the Northeastern University flag on the space shuttle.
  • Boston Mayor Thomas Menino provides $4 million for improvements to the Fenway cultural district along Huntington Avenue.
  • Senior Vice President Robert Culver begins negotiations to purchase an office building and land tracts near the university on a site known as Parcel 18.
  • Key trustee benefactor George Snell provides $300,000 to upgrade Northeastern's library archives.
  • Although freshman enrollment goals are met, lower-than-anticipated enrollments in the upper classes and in continuing education cause a $3 million budget problem.
  • School of Law receives $1.6 million Department of Education grant to support its urban legal education work.
  • In November, Jean Eddy named Vice Provost for enrollment management.
  • Strategic planning implementation process continues with FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education) providing financial support to Northeastern for its Academic Common Experience initiative.
  • American Council on Education selects Northeastern as one of six universities ahead of the curve in transforming their institutions.
  • Barron's names Northeastern an outstanding institution.
  • College of Engineering combines its mechanical and industrial engineering departments into department of mechanical, industrial, and manufacturing engineering.
  • Northeastern's Excellence in Teaching awards named for beloved mechanical engineering professor Alfred Ferretti in December; in February, the university celebrates Ferretti's 100th birthday.
  • Graduate Student Association is formed at Northeastern University.
  • Latino Student Center opens on Forsyth Street.
  • In January, faculty members say they are willing to give up raises for 1996-1997, provided the university continues investments in technology and buyouts.
  • In February, Boston Coalition provides $50,000 for Northeastern to take a leadership role in alcohol education programming.
  • Trustees approve a 1996-1997 budget of $259 million.
  • President Curry forms restructuring committee of faculty, administrators, staff, and students to make recommendations concerning ongoing structural imbalances in the university's budget.
  • In March, senior Vice President Robert Culver announces that, in real dollars, university operating expenses have been reduced by 26.4 percent since 1990.
  • Trustees authorize borrowing from the endowment fund to finance additional faculty buyouts and technology improvements.
  • Krentzman Quadrangle dedicated in May.
  • Centennial Campaign, with a goal of $225 million, has $175 million in hand; gifts have come in from more than 20,000, or 21 percent, of alumni.
  • As of March, endowment stands at $273 million, in the top 90 among universities and up 100 percent since 1989.
  • Princeton Review names the School of Law best in the nation in terms of quality of life for faculty and students.
  • University introduces the idea of a parking garage on Parcel 18 and additional housing units on Columbus Avenue.
  • At June commencement, Board of Trustees awards an honorary degree to President Curry.
  • As President Curry steps down in September, $191.3 million toward the $225 million Centennial Campaign reached; of the total, $92.5 million has been raised to support academic programs.
  • Freshman enrollments again exceed goals, as 2,975 new students register, with enrollments higher than expected in every college
  • Restructuring committee presents a plan suggesting a $9 million cut in the operating budget and various methods to increase revenue by $6 million.
  • President Curry's final budget (1995-1996) is balanced with a surplus of $93,000; the endowment stands at $286 million.
  • May 1996 Richard M. Freeland is appointed sixth President of Northeastern University.
  • Northeastern Cheerleaders perform with 19 other college squads in the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games on July 19th.
  • Marino Recreational Center opens in September.
  • Allen Soyster is named the Dean of the College of Engineering.
  • The Institute for Responsive Education, a public school reform and development center, moves to Northeastern.
  • The Egan Research Center opens in October 1996.
  • The Lowell Institute School officially merges with Northeastern's School of Engineering Technology in the fall.
  • In November, the Student Center is renamed the John A. and Marcia E. Curry Student Center in honor of President Curry and his wife.

1997

  • Plans announced to merge the Bouvé College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the College of Nursing. The proposed Bouvé College of Health Sciences will include a School of Pharmacy and a School of Nursing.
  • President Freeland is inaugurated at Matthews Arena as the sixth President of the University on January 17, 1997.
  • Albert Sacco Jr. is named the George A. Snell Distinguished Chair in Engineering.
  • NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) selects Northeastern as the site of one of its ten commercial space centers.
  • Northeastern recreates its graduate accounting program at the Moscow State University.
  • The women's hockey team wins the Beanpot and goes to the ECAC Championship.
  • The women's crew team becomes one of 16 teams nationally to qualify for the first NCAA Women's Crew Championships.
  • On April 16, 1997, Mikhail Gorbachev announces Northeastern University will be the home of the Gorbachev Foundation of North America to bring together political and spiritual leaders with scholars from around the world. George Matthews, the chairman of Northeastern's Board of Trustees, is named chairman of the foundation.
  • Centennial Path is unveiled in May.
  • In late spring, Northeastern's $17 million bid to buy Ruggles Center is approved by Bank Boston and Boston Redevelopment Authority.
  • The NU Alive Celebration is replaced by Springfest.
  • In early summer, Northeastern buys Maxwell Jumps.
  • During the summer, the first floor of Meserve Hall is transformed into the Center for Integrated Academic and Experiential Education.
  • New Latino⁄Latina Student Cultural Center opens in the Forsyth Annex.
  • University College and the Bouvé College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences institute a Master of Science program in Applied Educational Psychology at the Northeastern branch of the Tel Aviv campus.
  • Henderson House, the University's conference and event facility located in Weston, Massachusetts, is placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The Boston Pops conducted by Keith Lockhart perform at Northeastern University as the opening event of the year long Centennial Celebration on October 15th.
  • The College of Arts and Sciences sponsors a series of campus addresses by Nobel Laureates, including the former President of Costa Rica Oscar Arias and South African writer Nadine Gordimer.
  • In November, the Student Government Association passes its first Academic Honesty and Integrity Policy.
  • In December, William Fowler Jr., chair of the History department, becomes the Director of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • In December, Northeastern officially dedicates Ruggles Center as Renaissance Park.
  • Bouvé in conjunction with New England Baptist Hospital opens a new rehabilitation center on the ground floor of the Marino Recreational Center.
  • In December, the Board of Trustees officially authorizes the merger of the Bouvé College of Pharmacy and Health Science with the College of Nursing.

1998

  • Northeastern University celebrates its Centennial Anniversary.
  • The Northeastern Field Hockey team wins the American East Championship.
  • In February, Amiri Baraka, writer and black activist, performs at Northeastern.
  • Mayor Thomas Menino renames part of Huntington Avenue, "The Avenue of the Arts" and pledges a $2.8 million state grant to help revitalize the area.
  • On April 14, University officials break ground for the West Campus Residence Hall on the site of the Tavern Lot.
  • In April, Northeastern's Mr. Husky is named the nation's best mascot.
  • David Hall is named Provost in June.
  • James Stellar is named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Neal Finnegan is named Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
  • The 2000 edition of the "News Week/Kaplan guide to Colleges and Universities" identifies Northeastern as one of the leading institutions in the attention that it pays to individual students.
  • The number of freshmen applications for admission to the College of Engineering increases by 55%.
  • In September, the Bouvé College of Health Sciences dedicated the Marion Frager Nursing Learning Laboratory in Robinson Hall.
  • George Behrakis pledges $6 million for the construction of a new health sciences building.
  • The women's basketball team wins the American East Championship.
  • The New England Association of Schools and Colleges grants the University an unconditional reaccreditation for 10 years.
  • The year long centennial celebration culminates on October 3rd.
  • The College of Business Administration in partnership with the Gorbachev Foundation of North America hosts a delegation from Poland led by former president Lech Walesa.
  • In October, the University introduces a new logo.
  • The Brudnick Center for the Study of Conflict and Violence hosts an international hate crimes conference in November.
  • Northeastern University along with two dozen other Boston-area colleges and universities signs a pact aimed at reducing underage and binge drinking by college students in December.

1999

  • On January 1st, the Bouvé College of Health Sciences is officially created with Professor Patrick Plunkett as interim Dean.
  • In January, President Freeland along with two dozen leaders in business, education, and labor meet with U.S. Vice President Al Gore to discuss job skills for the next century.
  • The Brooks Pharmacy Practice Laboratory opens in January.
  • Danny Glover and Felix Justice read speeches and other writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Langston Hughes in Blackman Auditorium in celebration of Black History Month in February.
  • A research team directed by Stephen Reucroft, Matthews Distinguished Professor of Physics, is awarded a $20.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to construct a high energy particle detector in France.
  • On May 7, Tito Puente and his Latin Jazz Ensemble perform in Blackman Auditorium.
  • The Office of Technology Transfer opens.
  • Jack Greene is appointed Dean of the College of Criminal Justice.
  • Roger Abrams is named Dean of the Law School.
  • The Boston Redevelopment Authority approves Northeastern's ten-year master plan for campus development in June.
  • The Bouvé College of Health Sciences offers Perioperative Nurse Training Program, the first of its kind in Massachusetts.
  • University College offers a BS⁄BA degree program in Electronic Commerce.
  • On September 17, opening ceremonies are held for the West Campus A Dormitory.
  • Construction of the West Campus Residence Halls B and C begins.
  • Cabot Gym is renovated.
  • In the fall, University College opens a new campus at the Marlborough Middle School and begins offering MIS classes and a computer systems specialist program in Hingham.
  • The Center for Community Service and the School of Education open.
  • Northeastern hosts the 1999 Greater Boston Economic Summit.
  • In the fall of 1999, the School of Law earns the American Bar Association Law Students Division's Judy M. Weightman Memorial Public Interest School of the Year Award for dedication to and service in public interest.
  • In October, the Classroom Building is renamed Shillman Hall in honor of Robert Shillman.
  • In October, Northeastern breaks ground for a parking garage to be built next to the Renaissance Park complex.
  • Northeastern starts a campus wide initiative, "Student First" which is designed to improve student activities and student retention rates.
  • In doctoral students in manufacturing, engineering, and informative systems.
  • Stephen Zoloth is appointed Dean of Bouvé College of Health Sciences.