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David S. Ferriero, AS’72, MA'76

David S. Ferriero has recently been sworn in as Archivist of the United States, becoming the tenth archivist since President Franklin Roosevelt established the National Archives, the nation’s largest record keeper, in 1934.

Like many Northeastern students whose ultimate career interests are inspired by their co-op experiences, Ferriero took his first career step by accepting the seemingly unexciting co-op position as a junior library assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries in 1965.

Previously, he had been serving as the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries, the Beverly, Massachusetts native received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English Literature from Northeastern.

Ferriero interrupted his Northeastern education to join the U.S. Navy and was deployed to Vietnam. He returned to Northeastern from the war a different student. A love for the intellectual world of libraries was born.

He landed a library position at MIT, and after 31 years there, Ferriero moved on to Duke University, where he served for several years as the Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs. In 2004, he was tapped as chief executive of the New York Public Libraries Research Libraries, followed by his appointment as the Andrew W. Mellon Director three years later.

As Archivist of the United States, Ferriero will oversee the maintenance and management of public records and be responsible for releasing government documents, including presidential papers. As Archivist, Ferriero will be taking over an organization that, for fiscal year 2010, has a projected budget of $454 million and 2,998 full-time employees.

In addition to a BA and an MA in English Literature from Northeastern, Ferriero holds an MS from the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

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