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May 7, 2019

Dear members of the Tufts University community,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Howard as the university’s next executive vice president. Mike is currently executive vice president at Smith College, and was previously vice president for finance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His appointment, which represents the successful outcome of a rigorous national search, will be effective July 1, 2019.

Mike has demonstrated outstanding financial and administrative leadership in both higher education and the private sector. At both Smith and MIT, he has shown himself to be a collaborative partner with academic leaders and a forward-looking financial and administrative leader with a deep commitment to teaching and research.

Appointed executive vice president at Smith in 2014, Mike is responsible for all the college’s financial operations as well as human resources, facilities management, information technology, dining services, environmental sustainability, risk management, and the campus police. His major achievements there have included the development of funding mechanisms to support the college’s strategic plan, establishing a new long-term framework for capital planning and putting in place the necessary financial plans, spearheading a multi-year plan to implement new enterprise technology solutions, and advancing sustainability initiatives.

Before joining Smith, Mike spent three years as vice president for finance at MIT where he was responsible for managing the university’s financial strategy, financial and capital planning, annual budget, receipt and disbursement of funds, accounting, procurement, sponsored program accounting, and treasury functions. He led the development of financial plans to support MIT’s capital programs and played an important role in the institute’s initiatives in online education.

Mike is a graduate of MIT and the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Before his appointment at MIT in 2011, he spent 15 years in financial leadership roles at Fidelity Investments and its affiliates and as a strategy and operations consultant at Deloitte Consulting.

I am very grateful to the search committee, which was chaired by Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Jim Glaser, for its thoughtful assessment of Tufts’ needs and careful evaluation of candidates. Mike’s career has been dedicated to enhancing the financial and operational performance of organizations. His talents and experience position him ideally to lead financial and administrative operations here as we continue to strengthen the university in a context of change across American higher education. I hope you will join me in welcoming Mike to Tufts.

Best wishes,

Tony Monaco