Industry veteran to lead campus planning

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has appointed Kathy Spiegelman to the new posi­tion of vice pres­i­dent and chief of campus plan­ning and devel­op­ment. A proven leader in real estate, plan­ning, and com­mu­nity affairs, Spiegelman will bring focused lead­er­ship to a broad range of activ­i­ties involved with campus plan­ning, real estate, and facilities.

The posi­tion was cre­ated to ensure that Northeastern’s cam­puses and facil­i­ties meet the needs of the uni­ver­sity as it inno­vates and expands to deliver the highest quality edu­ca­tion and research, as well as enhanced spaces for stu­dent life.

“Kathy’s lead­er­ship and exper­tise in campus plan­ning and devel­op­ment will help to sup­port and improve our facil­i­ties for research, teaching, and stu­dent life,” remarked Steve Kadish, senior vice pres­i­dent and chief oper­ating officer. “She will ensure that the university’s phys­ical resources keep pace with our core values and ambitions.”

Spiegelman will be respon­sible for the effec­tive use of existing land and build­ings on Northeastern’s main campus in Boston, its satel­lite grad­uate cam­puses in Char­lotte, N.C., and Seattle, and other uni­ver­sity facil­i­ties, including sites in the Mass­a­chu­setts towns of Burlington, Dedham, Nahant, and Ash­land. Her work will include devel­op­ment of new oppor­tu­ni­ties within Northeastern’s foot­print, as well as poten­tial sites and loca­tions for future programs.

“North­eastern is engaged in an exciting process of trans­for­ma­tion as it wel­comes inno­v­a­tive ideas for teaching and research,” Spiegelman said. “I look for­ward to being part of ensuring that the university’s phys­ical resources will be ready to sup­port this trans­for­ma­tion in Boston and beyond.”

Spiegelman joins North­eastern with decades of real estate and phys­ical plan­ning expe­ri­ence. She spent more than 25 years at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, where she led a number of key devel­op­ment projects involving coor­di­na­tion with design and plan­ning con­sul­tants, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Har­vard fac­ul­ties, and mem­bers of the sur­rounding com­mu­ni­ties to launch a 20-​​year building pro­gram and infra­struc­ture plan.

Spiegelman estab­lished her own con­sulting firm in 2011, where she worked with edu­ca­tional insti­tu­tions, munic­i­pal­i­ties, rede­vel­op­ment agen­cies, and other orga­ni­za­tions on an array of high-​​profile projects and ini­tia­tives. She teaches in the core urban plan­ning pro­gram at Har­vard and is actively involved with civic boards and com­mu­nity service.

Spiegelman is a grad­uate of Brown Uni­ver­sity with a bachelor’s degree in Amer­ican civ­i­liza­tion. She also holds a master’s degree in his­toric preser­va­tion from the Columbia Uni­ver­sity School of Archi­tec­ture and Planning.

Spiegelman will join North­eastern on March 1.