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February 7, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great sadness that I write to share news of the passing on February 1 of John DiBiaggio, Tufts’ eleventh president.

Dr. DiBiaggio’s service as President of Tufts from 1992 until 2001 capped a remarkable career as a leader in American higher education, and has had an enduring impact on the university. He enhanced the physical fabric of our campuses, secured the financial resources needed to support innovative academic programs, and gave new institutional form to Tufts’ longstanding commitment to public service and civic life. Active outside Tufts in an array of important national organizations and initiatives, he was at the same time deeply committed to the campus community, and when he retired was remembered for his openness and generosity of spirit.

A full profile of Dr. DiBiaggio and his contributions to Tufts has been published on Tufts Now, with recollections and reflections from many of his Tufts colleagues. Members of the Tufts community who would like to share their own remembrances of Dr. DiBiaggio’s presidency are warmly welcomed to share those messages via email; all messages will be compiled and shared with members of his family.

We are grateful for Dr. DiBiaggio’s many contributions to Tufts, and our thoughts are with his wife Nancy DiBiaggio and their family.


Tony Monaco