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Dear members of the Tufts community,

The university’s Board of Trustees gathered for its second meeting of the academic year earlier this month. In addition to the regular meetings of the Board and many of its committees, the agenda included focused discussions on strategic initiatives and the ways the Board can help the university advance those goals.

Those discussions centered on core issues in academic life, the student experience, and Tufts’ commitment to civic life. Specific topics included how to advance the research and scholarship of Tufts’ faculty, how to develop more integrated and cohesive interactions with corporate sponsors and employers, how to increase access to a Tufts education, how to extend the impact of Tisch College, and how trustees and volunteers can support an even more active culture of philanthropy in the context of the current Brighter World campaign.

Topics in Committee meetings and the Board’s business meeting ranged from academic issues to capital planning and construction. The Academic Affairs Committee reviewed current trends in admissions, financial aid, and student success and heard a report from the Board’s newly established Student Affairs Subcommittee on the development of its priorities. Members of the Committee for University Advancement engaged in discussions of how the university develops communications and marketing plans to support academic innovation. The Administration and Finance Committee reviewed progress on a range of capital construction and deferred maintenance projects and discussed the budgetary, financial, and investment outlook for the university.

Those recently elected to the Board also participated in an annual orientation session for new trustees. Given their strong engagement, we can be confident that Tufts will continue to benefit greatly from the wisdom and dedication of its governing board in the years ahead.

Best wishes,

Tony Monaco