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May 7, 2018

Dear Members of the Tufts Community,

As you know, former Provost and Senior Vice President David Harris is now preparing to assume the presidency of Union College, and Deborah Kochevar, Dean of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine since 2006, is serving as Tufts’ Provost and Senior Vice President ad interim. We are fortunate to be able to call on Debbie’s demonstrated strengths as an academic leader in this vital role. At Cummings School, Dr. Joyce Knoll has generously agreed to serve as dean ad interim starting May 21. I am grateful to both Debbie and Joyce for stepping into these positions. Since Debbie has indicated she will not return to Cummings School, a search for the School’s next permanent dean is now underway.

I am pleased to share that Bárbara Brizuela, Professor of Education and Academic Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, has agreed to serve as the chair of the Search Committee to advise me on the appointment of the next permanent Provost and Senior Vice President of the University. She will be joined on the committee by an outstanding group of faculty, staff, and students and one member of the Tufts Board of Trustees. I am grateful to all of these individuals for their willingness to undertake this important service for the University. The full membership of the committee appears at the bottom of this message.

The search for our next Provost will launch shortly, and we anticipate that it will last between six to nine months. The search will be assisted by the executive search firm of Isaacson Miller, which knows the university well. I have asked the committee to present me with a short list of finalist candidates, any one of whom the committee believes would excel as Provost. I hope to name the next Provost late in the fall semester or early in the spring 2019 semester.

Input from the university community will be critical to the success of the search. I encourage you to share your thoughts or concerns with the Search Committee by sending an email to or using the comment form on the Provost Search website. The Search Committee will share plans for additional opportunities to offer feedback as they are finalized. You are encouraged to make nominations at any time in the search. I have asked the committee to keep its process, and any information about candidates, in strict confidence.

As Tufts’ Chief Academic Officer, the Provost plays a unique role in advancing our academic mission and strategic vision. I want to thank Professor Brizuela and the Search Committee for their commitment to the University, and I welcome any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the search.

Best wishes,

Tony Monaco

Search Committee Membership

  • Bárbara Brizuela (Chair), Professor, Education, and Academic Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Laurie Baise, Professor and Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering
  • Doug Brugge, Professor, Public Health and Community Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Patricia Campbell, Executive Vice President
  • Robert Cerulli, M.D./Ph.D. candidate, School of Medicine and Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
  • Christina Economos, Professor and New Balance Chair, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
  • Roger Fielding, Associate Director and Senior Scientist, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Center on Aging
  • Lisa Freeman, Professor, Clinical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ralph Isberg, Professor, Molecular Biology and Microbiology, School of Medicine and Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
  • Eric Johnson, Senior Vice President for University Advancement
  • Ian Johnstone, Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • Nadeem Karimbux, Professor, Periodontology, and Associate Dean, School of Dental Medicine
  • Brian Kavoogian, Trustee and Chair of the Council of the Boards of Advisors
  • Peter Levine, Lincoln Filene Professor and Associate Dean, Tisch College of Civic Life
  • Simin Meydani, Vice Provost for Research
  • Heather Nathans, Gantcher Professor of Judaic Studies and Chair, Drama and Dance, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Ellen Pinderhughes, Professor, Child Study and Human Development, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Jianmin Qu, Karol Family Professor, Mechanical Engineering, and Dean, School of Engineering
  • Lupita Rodriguez A19
  • Charles Sykes, Professor, Chemistry, School of Arts and Sciences