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December 02, 2015 3:28 AM ET

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Company Overview of Northwestern University

Company Overview

Northwestern University is an educational and research institution. The institution offers undergraduate, graduate and professional, and summer session courses. It focuses on art and science, social science, engineering, journalism, law, management, medicine, music, medicine, and performing arts studies. Northwestern University was founded in 1851 and is based in Evanston, Illinois with an additional campus in Chicago, Illinois.

633 Clark Street

Evanston, IL 60208

United States

Founded in 1851



Key Executives for Northwestern University

Age: 61
Provost and Professor
Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, and Senior Vice President of Business and Finance
Age: 65
Dean of Medill School of Journalism
Executive Director of Technology Transfer Program
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Northwestern University Key Developments

Northwestern Names Philip L. Harris as Vice President and General Counsel

Philip L. Harris, currently a partner at the Chicago law firm of Jenner and Block, LLP, has been appointed as vice president and general counsel for Northwestern University, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Serving as Northwestern's chief legal officer, Harris will provide counsel to the president and the Northwestern University Board of Trustees, as well as direct outside counsel on all cases and issues. He will succeed Thomas G. Cline, who is retiring after 27 years at the University. Harris, brings a strong legal background to the post. He has been a partner at Jenner and Block since 2004 and serves on the firm's management committee and co-chairs the Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense Practice. Throughout his legal career, Harris has defended large companies in substantial and complex product liability, mass tort and commercial cases. He has been the lead attorney in jury trials for those cases. Harris also brings a long history of civic engagement and connections to Northwestern. He is a fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago and the Aspen Institute Henry Crown Values Based Leadership Program. He has served on many civic boards in Chicago, including the Chicago Children's Museum, Children's Memorial Hospital, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Chicago Humanities Festival, the Chicago Zoological Society and the Chicago Committee for Minorities in Large Law Firms. Harris has been a member of Northwestern's Board of Trustees for 25 years. He is currently a vice chair of the board and a member of the executive committee. He served as chair of the board's student affairs committee for 10 years, acting as a liaison between the trustees and students. He has chaired several important task forces for the University, including the Native American Outreach and Inclusion Task Force.

Northwestern University Announces the Retirement of Thomas G. Cline as Vice President and General Counsel

Thomas G. Cline, Northwestern University's vice president and general counsel, announced his retirement on September 21. He plans to step down at the end of this calendar year after 27 years at Northwestern and will be available to the president and Board of Trustees for a period of time thereafter to assure a smooth transition to his successor. Since 2001, Cline, 61, has been the chief legal officer for Northwestern, providing counsel to the University president and the board and directing the University's legal strategies.

Northwestern University Offers New Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in Fall 2015

Northwestern University is offering innovative, new massive open online courses (MOOCs) in fall 2015, including Introduction to Reproduction and two new specializations -- one focusing on leadership and another on social marketing. The Organizational Leadership Specialization features four Northwestern deans and 10 faculty members teaching a five-course series with a capstone project and a certificate for completion. The five courses examine high-performance leadership through team building, negotiations and conflict resolution; communications and storytelling; social influence; marketing; and design innovation. It launches in October 2015. The Social Marketing Specialization -- also with five courses, a capstone project and a certificate for completion -- will teach students to design a social media strategy, engage online communities and assess business impact. It starts from Sept. 15, 2015. The Introduction to Reproduction MOOC is a crash-course in human reproductive health through fact- and biology-based information on a variety of topics. It will cover reproductive anatomy, key biological changes during puberty, sexual biology and contraceptive methods, reproductive disorders and a special introduction to the field of oncofertility. It begins Sept. 28, 2015. Here are the three new Northwestern MOOCs: On Sept. 15, 2015 Northwestern launches its first new specialization of the fall, Social Marketing: How to Profit in a Digital World, through the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. The specialization is made up of five MOOCs and culminates with a capstone project. The first MOOC will be available Tuesday. The other four will launch over the next four months. In today's marketplace, organizations need effective, profitable social marketing strategies. In this specialization, students will learn to match markets to social strategies to profitably grow their businesses. They will use social media tools and platforms to design, manage and optimize social campaigns to promote growth and position their brands in the global digital marketplace. In the final capstone project, students create and evaluate a comprehensive social marketing strategy. On Sept. 28, 2015, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Professor Teresa Woodruff, chief of the division of reproductive science in medicine, will launch Introduction to Reproduction. This is a crash-course in human reproductive health through fact- and biology-based information on a variety of topics. It will cover reproductive anatomy, key biological changes during puberty, sexual biology and contraceptive methods, reproductive disorders, and a special introduction to the field of Oncofertility. Specific lecture titles are as follows: 1) Reproductive Anatomy and Hormones, 2) Menstrual Cycle, Oocyte Maturation, and Sperm Activation, 3) Sexual Biology, Fertilization, and Contraception and 4) Reproductive Health and Disorders. On Oct. 15, 2015, the second new MOOC specialization, Organizational Leadership, will begin this fall, consisting of five MOOCs focused on leadership and featuring faculty from four of Northwestern's schools: the Kellogg School of Management, the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, the School of Communication and the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. The first three courses of the specialization are scheduled to launch Oct. 15. They will include the Kellogg MOOC, High-Performance Collaboration: Leadership, Teamwork and Negotiation; the Medill MOOC, Leadership Communication for Maximum Impact: Storytelling; and the School of Communication MOOC, Leadership Through Social Influence. The specialization will bring together learners from different disciplines, different parts of the world and different types of organizations to foster the type of interdisciplinary learning and collaboration for which Northwestern in known.

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