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Anthony P. Monaco assumed office as the 13th President of Tufts University on August 1, 2011. He was preceded by the following Tufts University presidents:

Lawrence S. Bacow
President, 2001–2011
SB, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1972; JD, Harvard Law School, 1976; MPP (1976) and PhD (1978), Kennedy School of Government, Harvard; Laurea, Politecnico di Bari, 2001; DHL, Hebrew College, 2004; LLD, University of Brighton, 2007; L.H.D., Tufts University, 2012; Ped.D., Lehigh University, 2012; L.H.D., Northeastern University, 2015

John DiBiaggio
President, 1992–2001
AB, Eastern Michigan University, 1954; DDS, University of Detroit, School of Dentistry, 1958; MA, University of Michigan, Rackham School of Graduate Studies, 1967; LL.D., Tufts University, 2002

Jean Mayer
President, 1976–1992
BLitt., University of Paris, 1937; BSc, 1938; MSc, 1939; PhD, Yale University, 1948; Dr.es.Sc., Sorbonne, 1950; A.M., Harvard University, 1965; M.D. Hon., J.E. Purkyne College of Medicine, Prague, 1968; D.Sc., Wittenberg University, 1975; D.Sc., Framingham State College, 1975; D.B.A., Johnson and Wales College, 1976; D.H.L., Northeastern University, 1976; D.Sc., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1977; D.H.L., Western New England College, 1977; D.H.L., Starr King School of the Ministry, 1977; LL.D., Curry College, 1978; D.Sc., Ball State University, 1981; D.Sc., Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1982; D.Sc., University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 1983; D.Sc., Tokai University, 1985; D.H.L., University of Lowell, 1988; LL.D., New England School of Law, Boston, 1989; D.Mus., New England Conservatory of Music, 1990; Dr. H.C., D.I. Mendeleyev Institute of Chemical Technology in Moscow, 1991; Dr. P.S., University of Health Sciences/ Chicago Medical School, 1991; D.Sc., University of Cape Town, 1991; D.H.L., Webster University, 1992; D.Sc., University of Massachusetts – Amherst, 1992; Dr. H.C., Université de Montreal, 1992; Sc.D. (awarded posthumously), Tufts University, 1993

Burton Crosby Hallowell
President, 1967–1976
AB, Wesleyan, 1936; MA, 1938; PhD, Princeton, 1949; LHD, Boston University, 1969; Wesleyan University, 1969; LLD, Northeastern, 1973; American International College, 1975; LHD, Tufts, 1976

Nils Yngve Wessell
President, 1953–1966
BS, Lafayette College, 1934; ScM, Brown, 1935; PhD, Rochester, 1938; ScEdD, Lafayette, 1951; LHD, Lesley College, 1955; LLD, Boston University, 1956; Boston College, 1957; Northeastern, 1958; Brown, 1958; JurD, Portia Law School, 1959; LittD, American International College, 1960; LHD, Brandeis, 1961

Leonard Carmichael
President, 1938–1952
BS, Tufts, 1920; PhD, Harvard, 1924; LD, Boston University, 1938; Colgate, 1938; Northeastern, 1941; Rhode Island State, 1942; St. Lawrence, 1943; LittD, Portia Law, 1939; Hon. ScD, Tufts, 1937; LHD, Maine, 1949

John Albert Cousens
Acting President, 1919–1920, President 1920–1937
AB, Tufts, 1898; LLD, Lombard, 1922; LLD, St. Lawrence, 1922; LLD, Tufts, 1930

Hermon Carey Bumpus
President, 1915–1919
PhB, Brown, 1884; PhD, Clark, 1891; Hon. ScD, Tufts, 1905; LLD, Clark University, 1909

Reverend Frederick W. Hamilton
Acting President, 1905–1906; President, 1906–1912
AB, Tufts, 1860; AM, 1886; Hon. DD, 1889; LLD, St. Lawrence, 1906

Reverend Elmer Hewitt Capen
President, 1875–1905
AB, Tufts, 1860; DD, St. Lawrence University

Reverend Alonzo Ames Miner
President, 1862–1875
DD (STD), Harvard, 1863; LLD, Tufts, 1875

Reverend Hosea Ballou II
President, 1853–1861
Hon. DD, Harvard, 1845