I write to share the news that Patricia Campbell, Executive Vice President of Tufts since 2007, has decided to retire effective March 1, 2019. Patricia has been a model of talented and dedicated service—someone who understands not just how the university runs, but also what it aspires to accomplish. I am personally very grateful for her partnership and her contributions to Tufts.
Patricia has helped the university navigate a complex, changing, and at times challenging business environment. She was a key partner to President Emeritus Bacow in leading the university’s response to the worldwide financial crisis that hit in 2008. She has also worked consistently to enhance the quality and efficiency of the central administrative services that the university provides to the Schools and to individual faculty and students. Many of these improvements were part of the TEAM initiative—Tufts Effectiveness in Administrative Management—including the consolidation of 15 previously independent IT support organizations and the establishment of the Budget Center and Tufts Support Services.
Patricia has also overseen significant construction and renovation activity across all four of our campuses, building and leading a team capable of successfully delivering complex projects to support both academic and cocurricular life. Deeply committed to sustainability, she has taken a strong personal interest in projects to reduce the university’s carbon footprint. In recent years, she has also worked closely with our Provosts to support academic innovation—the development of exciting new degree and non-degree programs that extend our reach to new fields and bring a Tufts education closer to new communities of learners.
I have asked James M. Glaser, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, to chair a committee to advise me on the search for Patricia’s successor as Executive Vice President. In the meantime, one important project that Patricia herself will lead over the next few months is the search for our next Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer.
Patricia’s appointment as Executive Vice President was a homecoming of sorts. She had served earlier in her career as Executive Associate Dean of the Dental School; had received her graduate degree in public health from the Medical School; and was a Tufts parent. She is looking forward to remaining connected to the university community while also deepening her volunteer commitments locally and in Africa, where she has been a hands-on participant in oral health missions and advisor to projects in global health. Last week, Patricia was named as the next Honorary Chancellor of the University of Rwanda. In this important new volunteer leadership role, she will serve as an advisor and advocate for the university and its more than 30,000 students.
We will begin making plans for a celebration of Patricia’s contributions to Tufts next semester. For now, I hope you will join me in thanking her for all she has done for the university.