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Meet Northeastern’s New Chief Of Human Resources

Northeastern has hired Michele Grazulis to serve as the university’s vice president and chief human resources officer.

Grazulis, who has spent the majority of her career in the healthcare industry, will bring a unique perspective to higher education, says Anthony Rini, vice president for administration and financial planning at Northeastern.

“It was important to us to find a person who was not a traditionalist—someone like Michele who could hit the ground running and understand that we have a unique workforce,” Rini says. “We didn’t want to be bound by the conventional boundaries.”

Northeastern conducted an extensive global search for a human resources leader who could help recruit, develop, and retain talent from a wide variety of backgrounds, says Rini. The idea at Northeastern, the global leader in experiential and lifelong learning, is to make hires from industry, government, and non-governmental organizations, as well as from higher education.

A priority for Grazulis will be to continue to increase diversity in faculty and staff at the university.

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