Anthony P. Monaco
President, Tufts University
Anthony P. Monaco became the thirteenth President of Tufts University on August 1, 2011. A distinguished geneticist, he had served as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Resources at the University of Oxford since 2007. President Monaco is an accomplished leader, scientist and teacher. He brings to the Tufts Presidency deep-rooted commitments to academic excellence, diversity and inclusion, a global perspective and the consequential role that universities have in society.
President Monaco holds faculty appointments as a Professor of Biology in the School of Arts and Sciences and as a Professor of Neuroscience at Tufts University School of Medicine. He describes his leadership style as transparent and focused on consensus building. “The most important ingredient is to work with people and listen to their views. That’s where I spend a lot of time before making big decisions,” he says.
At Oxford, Dr. Monaco developed and led strategic planning initiatives for academic programs, student recruitment, senior academic appointments, capital improvements and budgeting and resource allocation across the university’s four academic divisions, central administration, library and museums. His leadership ensured that appropriate resources were allocated to support excellence in teaching, research and wider engagement with society. Dr. Monaco was an active steward of programs to broaden access to an Oxford education. He developed multidisciplinary research initiatives and engaged in fundraising to support those collaborations as well as other academic priorities.
A native of Wilmington, Delaware, President Monaco received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1981, and his M.D. and Ph.D. through Harvard Medical School’s Medical Scientist Training Program, where he specialized in the genetics of neurological disorders. His doctoral research led to a landmark scientific discovery: the gene responsible for X-linked Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies, which weaken the skeletal and heart muscles.
“I have the same feeling of excitement about Tufts that I had when I was embarking on my first scientific discoveries,” he says. Although a scientist by training, President Monaco believes that the humanities are an essential component of an undergraduate education. “The humanities, in particular, foster an appreciation of the creativity of the human mind,” he notes. A liberal education, in which undergraduates experience a range of subjects across the disciplines, is empowering and enduring, he says, because it prepares students to go out and take on some of the world’s greatest challenges.
Prior to serving as Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Oxford, Dr. Monaco had directed the university’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics since 1998. Under his leadership, the Wellcome Trust Centre doubled in size: it is now the largest externally funded, university-based research center in the U.K. He also had been a professor of human genetics at Oxford since 1997, teaching undergraduate and graduate students through laboratory supervision and coursework. He led Oxford’s Neurogenetics Group, a team of scientists investigating the genetic underpinnings of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, specific language impairment and dyslexia. His group was the first to identify a gene specifically involved in human speech and language. During a transition period, he continues to supervise three Ph.D. students and a research grant as a Visiting Professor in the Genetics of Speech and Language Disorders at Oxford.
He was elected to the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in 2006, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK) and the Royal Society of Medicine.
President Monaco is married to Zoia Monaco, Ph.D., a molecular geneticist who heads a research group at Oxford that is investigating chromosome and genome stability in stem cells. The Monacos have three sons, ages ten to thirteen. President Monaco enjoys reading history and fiction and keeps fit by swimming.
Provost & Senior Vice President ad interim
Peggy Newell was named Provost and Senior Vice President ad interim for Tufts University in July 2011 and continues to serve as Vice Provost. As Interim Provost, Peggy is committed to the advancement and support of teaching, research, and scholarship, while she leads the schools in academic planning and priority setting across the University. She has been at Tufts since 1982, serving as Associate Dean of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and Associate Dean for Special Programs at the School of Medicine prior to joining the Provost’s Office as Associate Provost for Research in 1998. In her role as Associate Provost for Research, Peggy created the first office of proposal development and the first office of technology licensing and industry collaboration at Tufts. As Vice Provost since 2004, she oversees the Office of the Vice Provost which is responsible for the implementation of the University’s policies on conflict of interest and misconduct in research, and compliance with regulations on the use of laboratory animals, human subjects, recombinant DNA, and infectious agents. In addition, she rebuilt the Office of Research Administration, reorganized the financial and administrative operations of the Provost’s area, and helped launch the “Tufts in the World” program under the auspices of the International Board of Overseers. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Society for Medical Research and a member of the Board of Governors of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s John Adams Innovation Institute. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment Services, Inc. A graduate of Boston College with a BA in Psychology, Peggy earned an MBA degree from Boston College Carroll School of Management and a JD degree from Suffolk University Law School.
Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy
Stephen W. Bosworth is the Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University, a position he assumed in February 2001. Prior to his appointment at the Fletcher School, he served as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from November 1997 to February 2001.
From 1995-1997, Bosworth was the Executive Director of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization [KEDO], an inter-governmental organization established by the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan. KEDO is responsible for financing and building two 1,000 megawatt light water nuclear reactors and annually shipping 500,000 metric tons of heavy fuel oil to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, in exchange for North Korea’s agreement to freeze and eventually dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
Before joining KEDO, Bosworth served eight years as President of the United States Japan Foundation, a private American grant-making institution with extensive programs in education, leadership exchange and policy studies. During this period he chaired and co-authored several studies on public policy issues for the Carnegie Endowment and the Century Fund. He also taught international relations as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs from 1990 to 1994. In 1993, he was the Sol Linowitz Visiting Professor at Hamilton College. He also served on various corporate boards and advised several companies on international business issues.
Earlier, Bosworth had a distinguished career in the U.S. Foreign Service from 1961 to 1988, including service as Ambassador to Tunisia from 1979-1981 and Ambassador to the Philippines from 1984-1987. Bosworth also served in a number of policy level positions in Washington, including Director of Policy Planning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Affairs.
He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and later pursued graduate studies in economics at George Washington University.
Bosworth is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Academy of Diplomacy’s Diplomat of the Year Award in 1987, the Department of State’s Distinguished Service Award in 1976 and 1986, and the Department of Energy’s Distinguished Service Award in 1979. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College from 1992 to 2002 and served as Board Chair from 1996 to 1999.
He is currently a senior advisor on Asia for J.P. Morgan Chase and is a member of the International Board of Advisers for the President of the Republic of the Philippines.
Bosworth is married to the former Christine Holmes; they have two daughters and two sons.
Updated February 21, 2012