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Strong, humble and inspiring

Diane MacGillivray has been advocating for women in big and small ways. Northeastern’s senior VP for university advancement was recently named an EXTRAordinary Woman by the city of Boston. She has a presence that is impossible to miss or forget, one graduate says. 

Headshot of Diane MacGillivray.

Diane Nishigaya MacGillivray always admired girls and women who did interesting, unique things.

They might be called disruptors today, but when she was growing up in Southern California in the 1970s and 1980s, such students weren’t exactly rewarded at her school.

“The idea of getting attention by being the most assertive person in the classroom or by coming up with a disruptive idea or approach was just not something that was smiled upon,” says MacGillivray, senior vice president for university advancement at Northeastern. “You were expected to be very deferential, polite, quiet and nice.”

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