Anthony P. Monaco
Professor of Biology
Professor of Neuroscience
Anthony P. Monaco became the thirteenth President of Tufts University on August 1, 2011. A distinguished geneticist, he had served as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Resources at the University of Oxford since 2007. At Tufts, 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, and a global perspective. Since arriving at Tufts, he has established, and chairs, councils charged with making recommendations for policies and practices that will advance diversity and campus sustainability across the university. President Monaco has also launched a university-wide initiative to build on Tufts’ existing strengths in interdisciplinary research and graduate education.
Under President Monaco’s leadership, the university will begin a comprehensive strategic planning effort in the fall of 2012. Tufts is also now actively engaged in long-term capital planning to support needed investments in enhanced facilities and systems to support teaching, research, and campus life. At the same time, in line with the President’s commitment to broaden access to a Tufts education and moderate growth in costs, the university is working to use its administrative and financial resources as efficiently as possible.
At Oxford, Dr. Monaco developed and led strategic planning initiatives for academic programs, student recruitment, senior academic appointments, capital improvements and budgeting and resource allocation across the university’s four academic divisions, central administration, library and museums. He was an active steward of programs to make an Oxford education possible for students from a wide range of backgrounds.
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. His doctoral research led to a landmark scientific discovery: the gene responsible for X-linked Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies.
Prior to serving as Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Oxford, Dr. Monaco had directed the university’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics since 1998. He also had been a professor of human genetics at Oxford since 1997. He led Oxford’s Neurogenetics Group, a team of scientists investigating the genetic underpinnings of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, specific language impairment and dyslexia. His group was the first to identify a gene specifically involved in human speech and language.
He was elected to the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in 2006, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK) and the Royal Society of Medicine and a member of the Association of American Physicians. He serves on the Boards of Cummings Foundation, the Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund, and Tufts Medical Center.
President Monaco is married to Zoia Monaco, Ph.D., a molecular geneticist who investigates chromosome and genome stability in stem cells. The Monacos have three sons. President Monaco enjoys reading history and fiction and keeps fit by swimming and running.