Merger News

April 15, 2022

A Message from the Mills College Board of Trustees

We, the Board of Trustees of Mills College, care deeply for Mills and share the sense of loss that Mills College cannot survive in its current form. We decided to merge with Northeastern University with full knowledge that it was the best way to support our students, faculty, staff, and the broader community. We believe with great conviction that Mills College at Northeastern University and the Mills Institute are the best opportunities for continuing the Mills legacy.

March 14, 2022
Mills Launches Search for the Inaugural Executive Director of the Mills Institute
A Message from Mills President Elizabeth L. Hillman

Dear Community Members,

I’m excited to announce the launch of a search for the inaugural Executive Director of the Mills Institute. The Mills Institute will be a cornerstone to sustaining the legacy of Mills College as well as an accelerator of antiracism and equity efforts across the Northeastern University global network. The Executive Director will serve as the executive and educational head of the Mills Institute and will report to me in my role as president of Mills College at Northeastern University.

September 30, 2021
An Op Ed from Mills President Elizabeth L. Hillman
Published in the Mercury News and the East Bay Times

Mills College, a force in women’s education and leadership for nearly 170 years, is stepping onto a larger stage. Through a historic merger, our beloved East Oakland college is bringing its magic to Northeastern University’s global network of campuses. The demographic and economic forces that brought our two institutions together demand that colleges and universities increasingly consider bold partnerships. Read the op ed.

September 20, 2021
A Message from Katie Sanborn, Chair, Board of Trustees

Dear Mills Community Members,

I write to you today as a Mills alumna first and Chair of the Board of Trustees second. Last week, the board made the historic decision to merge with Northeastern University. While many of you supported this decision, I know that it can be unsettling to think of changes to our beloved Mills. As we look forward to Convocation and Reunion this week, I want to share some thoughts to prepare to come together as one community . . .

September 14, 2021
A Message from Mills President Elizabeth L. Hillman

Dear Mills Community Members,

Today, the Mills College Board of Trustees approved the merger of Mills College with Northeastern University, ensuring that the educational mission of Mills and its commitment to social justice, gender equity, and cultivating women’s leadership will live on. The merger is expected to take effect on or about July 1, 2022, subject to regulatory and other approvals. When completed, Mills will become Mills College at Northeastern University, and our campus will welcome all genders . . .

Prior News Updates

For Archived Information

As the Mills transition has evolved since March 2021, we have archived the original Frequently Asked Questions and Community Support pages.

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