Joseph E. Aoun

President, Northeastern University

Joseph E. Aoun, an expert in higher-education policy and a leading voice on the value of global and experiential education, is the seventh president of Northeastern University.

He came to Northeastern from the University of Southern California’s College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, where he held the Anna H. Bing Dean’s Chair. He received his PhD in linguistics and philosophy from MIT and advanced degrees from the University of Paris VIII and Saint Joseph University (Lebanon).

President Aoun has published eight books and written more than 40 journal articles. His academic honors include the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques from the French government, and the prestigious Robert A. Muh Award from MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, chair of the American Council on Education, and serves on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s academic advisory council.

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