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Richard M. Freeland
American academic administrator

Richard M. Freeland

Richard M. Freeland
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Intro American academic administrator
Is Academic Academic administrator
From United States of America
Field Education
Gender male
Birth 13 May 1941, Orange, USA
Age 82 years
Star sign Taurus
Amherst College
University of Pennsylvania
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Richard Middleton Freeland (born May 13, 1941, in Orange, New Jersey) was president of Northeastern University from 1996 to 2006 and served as the Commissioner of Higher Education for Massachusetts from 2008 until 2015.

Freeland grew up in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, and was a 1959 graduate of Mountain Lakes High School; he was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 2014. He was granted a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Amherst College and a doctorate in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.

Freeland is married to Elsa Nunez, and has two children.

During Freeland's tenure, Northeastern University went through major institutional changes, including becoming a more selective institution, moving to semesters from quarters, and the opening of over $400 million worth of new facilities.

Educational positions

  • Clark University – Worcester (2007–2009)
    • Mosakowski Professor of Higher Education
  • University of Massachusetts Boston (1970–1992)
    • Assistant to the president
    • Assistant to the chancellor
    • Director of the Office of Educational Planning
    • Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • City University of New York (1992–1996)
    • Vice chancellor for academic affairs
  • Northeastern University
    • President (1996–2006)
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Higher Education
    • Commissioner of Higher Education (2008–2015)

Other positions

  • Vice-chair, board of trustees for the Boston Plan for Excellence
  • Director, American Council on Education
  • Director, Boston Museum Project
  • Director, Boston Private Industry Council
  • Director, Globe Newspaper Corporation
  • Director, Jobs for Massachusetts
  • Governing board member, John Adams Innovation Institute
  • Member of the board of trustees, WGBH
  • President, board of governors in the World Association of Cooperative Education


  • The Truman Doctrine and the Origins of McCarthyism (1972)
  • Academia's Golden Age (1992)
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