Boston Globe, January 2021
Former House speaker Robert A. DeLeo, who resigned last month to pursue a job at his alma mater, Northeastern University, started a new role at the school this week, though details of the position remained unclear Friday. DeLeo, 70, began Wednesday as a “University Fellow for Public Life,” a Northeastern spokeswoman said. The position sits under the Office of the Provost, according to the school’s staff directory.
Northeastern officials declined to say what responsibilities the job entails or whether it was created specifically for DeLeo. Renata Nyul, the school spokeswoman, said Northeastern plans to formally announce his appointment Monday.
Elissa Flynn-Poppey, an attorney at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, & Popeo, which represents DeLeo, said in a statement Friday that DeLeo will “participate in teaching and student mentoring” at Northeastern. That includes through the school’s Open Classroom Series — which involves seminars open to the entire campus — and “experiential learning opportunities,” Flynn-Poppey said. “Former Speaker DeLeo is excited to be joining his alma mater,” she said.