Driven to Deliver
Julie Sandell is a strong proponent of Suffolk’s educational mission and model, including its emphasis on experiential learning and global perspectives. She is a collaborative leader who will draw on the entire Suffolk community to support and maximize student success. She brings a sharp focus on career development at a time when Suffolk is investing in career education and professional development. She will oversee a new and expanded University career center that will work to ensure students and alumni acquire the necessary competencies to build successful careers in a rapidly changing world. Sandell also brings a commitment to building stronger connections across the University and to Suffolk’s interdisciplinary approach to education. She sees great potential to expand cross-disciplinary partnerships among the University’s schools and programs, including Suffolk’s plan to launch a new school focused on public affairs and civic engagement.
Sandell joined Suffolk University as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost in August 2019. In her role as Suffolk’s chief academic officer, she is focused on creating opportunities for students and faculty to excel academically and professionally. She is a champion of experiential learning for students in all disciplines— supporting internships, research, study abroad, and service learning— and will build on a culture of faculty-student mentoring to translate classroom instruction into career preparation.
Working closely with the deans of the College of Arts & Sciences, the Law School, and the Sawyer Business School, Sandell will shape an evolving student-centered experience that fosters engaged learning, rigorous scholarship, innovative thinking, and community collaboration.
Additionally, Sandell oversees many key departments and services and her office coordinates the University’s accreditation process.
Sandell holds an AB in Psychology from Princeton University and a PhD in Neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Sandell came to Suffolk from Boston University, where she served as senior associate provost and a member of the BU School of Medicine faculty. As a faculty member, Sandell was awarded the BU School of Medicine’s highest teaching award in 2001 and was nominated as that school’s Educator of the Year eight times. She has published widely and has received more than $5 million in research funding as principal investigator or co-investigator at BU. As she moved into an administrative role at BU, Sandell addressed faculty diversity, promotion and tenure, work/life balance, and more. She worked to develop and implement BU’s first university-wide strategic plan, paving the way for one of her responsibilities at Suffolk: collaborating with colleagues to implement the University’s 2025 strategic plan.
"Suffolk has a wonderfully aligned vision and mission that permeates the faculty, staff, and students. Suffolk has taken wonderful advantage of its unique location to craft a distinctive experience for students that's in concert with that mission. Suffolk is able to leverage its location in Boston to draw students to the University during a very formative period of their lives—and then send them out to change the world with that Boston experience at their core."