Northwestern University has named Marcia Isaacson as the university's first associate vice president for compliance and chief compliance officer, effective Sept. 1.

Currently, Isaacson is chief compliance officer and senior associate general counsel at the City University of New York (CUNY). Before joining CUNY in 2010, Isaacson was CCO and associate general counsel at State University of New York. Before that, she served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York. She also has served as a trial attorney in the public integrity section of the Justice Department's Criminal Division; an associate at law firm Dewey Ballantine; and a judicial clerk for the Honorable Betty Fletcher on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circui.

Isaacson will report to Northwestern Provost Daniel Linzer and Executive Vice President Nim Chinniah. She also will meet regularly with the audit, risk, and compliance committee of the Northwestern University Board of Trustees. “Isaacson and her team will provide senior leadership with a comprehensive view of the University’s compliance activities,” Linzer said.

Linzer noted that the University is already committed to full compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies. “The new position was created to ensure that Northwestern coordinates and optimizes compliance activities across the University’s three campuses and large research enterprise,” he said.

The goal is to ensure that the University’s education, research, and service missions are conducted with integrity and in accordance with the law. Isaacson will lead the University’s compliance committee and create a core compliance leadership group to share information about potential risks.