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David De Cremer installed
as Dunton Family Dean of Northeastern’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business

Joseph Aoun putting a medal around David De Cremer's neck.
BOSTON, MA – David De Cremer was installed as the Dunton Family Dean of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business on March 21, 2024. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

David De Cremer, a behavioral scientist, educator, researcher, and author, was officially installed as the Dunton Family Dean of Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business on Thursday. 

“I stand before you today with a heart filled with profound gratitude and humility,” De Cremer said during a ceremony at the new EXP research complex on the Boston campus. 

“I feel committed to uphold the values and standards of excellence of our beautiful institution,” De Cremer continued. “Together I hope we can work tirelessly to fulfill the promise and the potential of the Dunton Family Deanship.”

De Cremer came to Northeastern in July from the National University of Singapore, where he was the provost chair and professor of management and organization in the Business School. He is also the founder and director of the Center on AI Technology for Humankind.

De Cremer’s research and teaching focuses on human behavior in organizations, specifically on the theme of leading organizational change and the use of emerging technologies to drive digital transformation.

He also champions the necessity for interdisciplinary approaches to understand more deeply the drivers of innovation, trust and justice to positively impact industry and society. 

“I don’t need to say why Northeastern is the perfect place for me,” De Cremer said, laughing, after describing his interest in furthering interdisciplinary scholarship.

The D’Amore-McKim School of Business is named after graduates Richard D’Amore and Alan McKim, whose $60 million philanthropic investment created the university’s first named college or school in 2012.

Both D’Amore and McKim were in the audience on Thursday.

Today, the D’Amore-McKim School of Business includes 4,779 undergraduate students, 1,418 graduate students and 205 faculty members, as well as over 600 co-op partners in nearly 60 countries and 110 cities around the world. 

David De Cremer speaking in front of a room full of people.
De Cremer speaks to the audience at the March 21 ceremony. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Aoun concluded the ceremony by telling De Cremer he had a great responsibility to fulfill. 

“The way to do it is to allow our students, our faculty to shine and to continue to engage the family,” Aoun said. “It’s not going to be easy for you to do it, but we want you to do it. Do it for Gary.”