About Us

The Association for Higher Education Administrators’ Development (AHEAD@NU) helps Northwestern University staff (from PA’s to VP’s) establish and fulfill their academic, career, personal and social objectives. Additionally, it helps them meet and exceed the challenges they’ll encounter in the pursuit of those goals.

AHEAD@NU is open to all staff members at Northwestern University who are interested in learning more about the field of higher education, people hoping to network within the NU community, and those seeking professional development opportunities, either to excel within their current position or to move to a new area within the University.

AHEAD@NU was started in January, 2010 by a small group of volunteer staff members. Since that time membership has grown to over 625 people from across Northwestern’s schools and campuses. The group is sponsored and advised by the Office of Business and Finance.


Steering Committee


Julie Cowan Office for Research
Jennifer Ward Office of Alumni Relations & Development
Steven Adams Library
Kate Banner Office for Research
Catherine Bullard Kellogg Finance
Susanna Calkins Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching
Susan Corwith SESP-CTD
Lexy Gore Program in Middle East and North African Studies
Katherine Hapeman Buffett Institute
Muveddet Harris Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching
Catie Huggins Northwestern Libraries
Theresa Johnson International Office
Jackie Kalan Northwestern Libraries
Alita Kendrick Gift Planning
Yun Kim BME
Dana Levit-Geraci Kellogg Center for Family Enterprises
Kristin McCann MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy
Rebecca McNaughton Office of Research Development
Jackie Milhans Northwestern IT Research Computing
Tanikka Mitchell Office of Research Development
Beth Morrissey Buffett Institute
Kate Schultz

The Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and
School of Communication

Jessica Smith Buffett Institute
Anne Marie Sticksel User Experience, Northwestern University Library
Stephanie Walaszek Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching
Hope Wallace Student Affairs-Campus Life
Jill Ware Buffett Institute


If you would like to participate in AHEAD@NU as a speaker or suggest a speaker, please e-mail us at ahead@northwestern.edu with your interest in participation or speaker recommendation. We will meet with you to discuss your area of interest and how it fits with current or upcoming themes.

We welcome all feedback and suggestions. Please e-mail us at ahead@northwestern.edu.