On August 16, 2019, President Monaco sent the following message to the Tufts University Chaplaincy community.
Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends of the Chaplaincy,
I am pleased to share with you that Dr. Jennifer Howe Peace has accepted an offer to serve as Tufts’ University Chaplain ad interim during the coming academic year.
I am delighted that Jenny will be joining us in this important role. She will be able to help the Chaplaincy team maintain the tremendous momentum that has developed in the last few years under the leadership of former University Chaplain Greg McGonigle. At the same time, she will bring her own distinctive gifts to the team and the university community.
Jenny has a distinguished background including service as a full-time tenured faculty member at Andover Newton Theological School and as Founding Co-Director of the innovative and influential Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education there. Nationally recognized as an expert on religious pluralism, she holds a Ph.D. in the historical and cultural study of religion from the Graduate Theological Union and was the founding co-chair of the Interreligous and Interfaith Studies Program Unit within the American Academy of Religion. A member of the United Church of Christ, her experience at Andover Newton included significant pastoral as well as academic responsibility.
Jenny’s service began earlier this week, and she looks forward to participating actively in the life of the university community this year. I hope many of you will have the chance to meet her in the coming weeks.
Looking ahead, I have asked Michael Baenen, my Chief of Staff, to chair a national search for our next University Chaplain. The search process will begin shortly after the start of the academic year and will engage students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders. We are proud of all that the Chaplains have achieved in recent years, and are committed to the continued excellence of the Chaplaincy’s service to the community.