Anthony P. Monaco
Anthony P. Monaco became the thirteenth president of Tufts University on August 1, 2011. He holds faculty appointments as a professor of biology in the School of Arts and Sciences and as a professor of neuroscience at Tufts University School of Medicine.
An accomplished leader, scientist and teacher, Dr. Monaco brings to the Tufts presidency deep-rooted commitments to academic excellence, diversity and inclusion, a global perspective, and a keen awareness of the power of higher education to impact individuals and society. Under President Monaco’s leadership, the university began a comprehensive strategic planning effort in the fall of 2012 that resulted in the approval of the T10 Strategic Plan by the university’s Board of Trustees in November 2013. Tufts is also actively engaged in long-term capital planning to support needed investments in facilities and systems that sustain teaching, research and campus life. In concert with President Monaco’s commitment to broaden access to a Tufts education and contain costs, the university has launched a comprehensive assessment of its administrative and financial resources—a project known as Tufts Effectiveness in Administrative Management (TEAM).
President Monaco is deeply committed to the wellbeing of the campus community and is currently chairing a university-wide Task Force on Sexual Misconduct Prevention which he convened in the fall of 2013. He also established, and has chaired, two presidential councils: the Council on Campus Sustainability and the Council on Diversity. The sustainability council is charged with enhancing Tufts’ longtime leadership position on environmental issues. The university is now working to implement the ambitious new goals for a more sustainable campus laid out in the council’s May 2013 report, including curbing greenhouse gases, reducing waste and conserving water—areas where the university’s operations have the greatest impact on the environment. The university is also implementing recommendations presented by the Council on Diversity in December 2013 for policies and practices that will advance diversity and inclusion across Tufts’ three campuses and create a welcoming community for all students, faculty and staff.
From his first days at Tufts, President Monaco has been active in campus activities. He is a regular spectator at athletic events and routinely enjoys students’ music, dance, drama and other performances. He participates in some of the training sessions of the Tufts Marathon Team and supports the team at the annual Boston Marathon. Many days he can be found swimming in the Hamilton Pool or joining students for a meal in one of the dining halls on the Medford/Somerville campus.
As pro-vice-chancellor for planning and resources at Oxford University from 2007 until his arrival at Tufts, Dr. Monaco developed and led strategic-planning initiatives for academic programs, capital improvements and budgeting and resource allocation there. He was an active steward of programs to make an Oxford education possible for students from a range of backgrounds.
A distinguished geneticist, Dr. Monaco’s doctoral research led to a landmark discovery: the gene responsible for X-linked Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies. At Oxford, he led the Neurogenetics Group, a team of scientists investigating the genetic underpinnings of such neurodevelopmental disorders as autism, specific language impairment, and dyslexia. His research group was the first to identify a gene (FOXP2) specifically involved in human speech and language. Dr. Monaco directed Oxford University’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics from 2007-2011 and was then appointed as pro-vice-chancellor for planning and resources.
A native of Wilmington, Delaware, President Monaco received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1981, and his M.D. and Ph.D. through Harvard Medical School’s Medical Scientist Training Program, where he specialized in the genetics of neurological disorders.
President Monaco was elected to the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in 2006, and is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (U.K.) and the Royal Society of Medicine and a member of the Association of American Physicians.
President Monaco chairs the Steering Committee of the Talloires Network, whose more than 300 member institutions around the world are committed to advancing civic engagement in higher education. He also serves on the boards of Cummings Foundation, the Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund, and Tufts Medical Center, and sits on the board of trustees of the Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware, from which he graduated.
President Monaco is married to Zoia Monaco, Ph.D., a molecular geneticist who investigates chromosome and genome stability in stem cells. They have three sons. President Monaco enjoys reading history and fiction and keeps fit by swimming and running.