For Hugh Courtney, dean of Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business, his arrival couldn’t have been better timed.

Courtney began his tenure as the dean July 1, two months later the business school received a $60 million gift from alumni Richard D’Amore and Alan McKim to rename the business school from the College of Business Administration to the D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

“It’s hard to imagine it being much better,” Courtney said of his timing. “It’s not just the naming gift – but I’m coming at a time when the school is at an upward trajectory.