It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Eric C. Johnson as our Vice President for University Advancement, effective April 1, 2012. Eric has served as acting Vice President since March 1. He had already begun to assume many leadership responsibilities to assure a smooth transition after Brian Lee announced his intended departure from Tufts last December—participating in the meetings of my senior team, attending meetings of the university’s Academic and Administrative Councils, and advising me on the full range of matters related to the university’s advancement agenda.
We are very fortunate to have such a talented, committed leader and fundraiser at Tufts. Eric has 28 years of fundraising experience, 24 of them at Tufts. Even before his arrival in 1988 as associate director of development for the School of Arts and Sciences, he was a member of the Tufts community. A graduate of George Washington University, he is the son of Faith and Ted Johnson, devoted members of the Tufts Class of 1954.
After serving as part of the major gifts team for the School of Arts and Sciences, Eric assumed positions of increasing responsibility. He served as director of development for the School of Arts and Sciences, where he helped lead successful capital campaigns to complete the Tisch Library and the Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center; as director of principal and leadership gifts, and as executive director of development. In this most recent role, Eric managed seven school development and alumni relations teams, collaborating with the deans and the provost’s office to raise funds to support Tufts’ academic enterprise. He also managed principal and leadership gifts, worked closely with the Board of Trustees and key volunteers, and worked in partnership with the President through the successful completion of the $1.2 billion Beyond Boundaries campaign. He was instrumental in securing some of the most transformative gifts received by Tufts in recent years, including $100 million that established the Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund.
Eric’s sustained and successful fundraising career at Tufts demonstrates a stamina that has become legendary in other ways as well. Eric helped to create what is now the Tufts Marathon Team, running his first marathon as part of that challenge in 2003. He has stayed active as a runner since then and has completed 30 marathons. He has run 14 of those with his wife, Regina, who has also been a member of the Tufts team. Eric and Regina’s sons, Griffin and Dillon, provide inspiration for their passion for running. When Eric learned that Griffin would be deployed to Iraq in 2008, he committed to running all five World Marathon Majors—Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, and New York—in a single year in Griffin’s honor. For those of you who know Eric, it will not be a surprise that he achieved his goal in 2008 while Griffin was serving in Iraq.
As we develop plans for interdisciplinary work across the schools, continue to build support for our extraordinary faculty, and further strengthen our attention to financial aid, the leadership of our outstanding advancement team could not be in better hands. Please join me in congratulating Eric and welcoming him into his new role at Tufts.