Ralph Martin, the prominent Boston lawyer who served as Suffolk County district attorney for much of the 1990s, has been named senior vice president and general counsel at Northeastern University, the university announced today.
Northeastern President Joseph Aoun said Martin "brings a unique and powerful combination of strengths to Northeastern. He has a penetrating legal mind, experience as a leader, and a commitment to civic engagement."
Martin is currently the managing partner of the Boston office of the law firm Bingham McCutchen LLC.
"Northeastern represents many of the ideals I have spent a lifetime promoting: education, civic engagement, and leadership," Martin said in a statement. He said he looked forward to working with the university's leadership to take the institution to "even greater heights."
Martin was the first black person to head the Suffolk district attorney's office. He held the post from 1992 to 2002.
Martin has been very active in civic life, the university said. He is a former chairman of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the boards of Children's Hospital Boston and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts. He also has been on Northeastern's board since 2009, but will now step down.
Martin earned his bachelor's degree from Brandeis University and his law degree from Northeastern in 1978.
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