I am pleased to announce that our current vice provost for research (VPR), Caroline Genco, Ph.D., has been named provost and senior vice president ad interim of Tufts University. She will begin the transition process immediately with her appointment officially becoming effective on January 1, 2022.
As announced earlier, Provost and Senior Vice President Nadine Aubry will step down from her position at the end of this year. Over the next four months, Nadine will be focusing on further developing and operationalizing the white paper on the future of education at Tufts that she developed in partnership with the deans last year, continuing the My Tufts Story project, and launching and supporting the vision of the AI Institute at Tufts. Nadine will also be working with Caroline to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities. A new vice provost for research to succeed Caroline will be named in the fall.
During the transition, Caroline will launch a working group to assess the structure and operations of the Provost’s Office and its various functions and services; will liaise with the deans to learn more about their respective academic agendas and better understand how the Provost’s Office can support them; will interact with center and institute leadership across the university to further create synergies for academic research and scholarship between faculty within the university; and will meet with senior academic and administrative leaders, faculty members, students, and staff to advance the priorities of the Provost’s Office.
Caroline has an established record as an academic and research leader. Prior to assuming the role of VPR in 2019, she served as chair of the Immunology Department at Tufts University School of Medicine from 2015 to 2019. In her role as VPR, Caroline has moved Tufts’ research agenda forward and maintained and enhanced its supporting organizational structures and programs, while also pivoting to respond to opportunities and challenges as they arose. Caroline has fostered collaborations across schools and offices in university-wide initiatives. She has an outstanding record as a teacher and mentor, having trained more than three dozen graduate students and postdoctoral fellows along with numerous undergraduate and professional school students.
Caroline has a distinguished history of excellence in biomedical research. Her research and translational work focuses on chronic inflammation and the role of the microbiome in systemic inflammatory disorders, sexually transmitted infections, and oral infectious diseases. She has authored more than 130 scientific articles, and her research program has been continuously supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has served on numerous NIH scientific advisory committees and has worked closely with several pharmaceutical companies in an advisory capacity.
Prior to joining Tufts, Caroline served as principal investigator and director of the Boston University Training Program in Inflammatory Disorders. An active member of graduate programs, she served on numerous admissions, advisory, qualifying exam, and thesis committees. She continues to foster collaborations with other institutions, including the Jackson Laboratory (Bar Harbor, Maine and in Farmington, Connecticut, to expand research and educational programs at Tufts). She is a graduate of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program, which focuses on advancing women’s professional and personal leadership skills required to effectively lead and manage in today’s complex health care environment. Caroline received her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York College at Fredonia, New York, and her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Rochester. You can read more about Caroline in this Tufts Now story.
Please join us in thanking Nadine once more for her service to Tufts and in welcoming Caroline to her new role.