President DiBiaggio Announces Plans To Step Down
President John DiBiaggio
John DiBiaggio announced on September 12 that he will step down
from the presidency of Tufts University.
DiBiaggio, 68, has presided over Tufts since 1992. At the request
of the Board of Trustees, he will stay on until a successor is named
or until June 2002, whichever occurs first.
"I joined Tufts because of its commitment to high-quality
teaching, scholarship and research, its global perspective and its
dedication to the ethic and practice of public service and active
citizenship," DiBiaggio said. "I'm proud to have served
at Tufts when the members of our community have made numerous headlines
as researchers, educators, business and government leaders, entrepreneurs,
change agents and influential policymakers. Tufts is remarkable
for having achieved scholarly prominence while maintaining its roots
in teaching. Few universities can make that claim."
DiBiaggio, a Detroit native and son of Italian immigrant parents,
is credited with strengthening the University's academic and financial
position, and building a stronger sense of community among the schools
on Tufts' three Massachusetts campuses and its European campus in
"John has been a good friend and colleague, and an outstanding
leader during a period of unprecedented heights for Tufts University,"
said Nathan Gantcher, chairman of Tufts' Board of Trustees. "Tufts'
reputation for being a leading international university has grown
significantly during John's presidency, and we are in the best fiscal
and operational condition in our history. The quality of our faculty,
researchers and staff, and the credentials of our students are at
an all-time high."
Gantcher noted Tufts' endowment has nearly tripled, and there
are nearly five times the number of endowed chairs since DiBiaggio's
arrival. The University has exceeded its original $400 million "Tufts
Tomorrow" campaign and is poised to surpass its revised goal
of $600 million by 2002. Tufts' undergraduate program is among the
most selective in the country--the number of applicants increased
by more than 70 percent in just the past five years, while the scores,
grades and rank of the incoming freshmen continue to break school
In addition, the University's graduate and professional schools
in medicine, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nutrition, international
relations and veterinary medicine stand alongside the country's
most prestigious programs. This year, research undertaken by Tufts
and its affiliated hospitals will exceed $120 million.
Tufts' campuses also have, or soon will have, major new multimillion-
dollar facilities, ranging from the Jaharis Family Biomedical Nutrition
Research Center in Boston and the Bernice Barbour Wildlife Medicine
Building in Grafton to Dowling Hall, home of an all-in-one student
services center, and the Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation
Center, both on the Medford/Somerville campus.
"The most important thing I did in my years as a trustee at
Tufts was chair the search committee that brought John here,"
said Brian O'Connell, who recently retired as a Tufts trustee. "He's
fulfilled all our expectations--and far more."
O'Connell added that, thanks to DiBiaggio's sponsorship of Tufts'
new College of Citizenship and Public Service, "the very definition
of a Tufts education will mean preparation for a lifetime of active
citizenship and personal service" to the communities in which
our graduates live and work.
DiBiaggio added that he also is "particularly proud"
to see the growth of "real collaboration"--in joint academic
programs and research--and the sharing of ideas among scholars,
researchers and Tufts students on all campuses.
"Universities typically find themselves operating in 'silos,'
with each school focused on doing what it does best-- within its
own discipline," DiBiaggio said. "Tufts has very low walls
from one school to the next, and everyone--students, faculty and
staff--benefits. We now have 14 joint degree programs, up from one
when I arrived. And each of our schools is participating in University-wide,
internationally focused initiatives on aging, children's issues
and the environment. As a result, Tufts today is far greater than
the sum of its parts."
Gantcher added that, on top of these significant achievements,
DiBiaggio also earned high marks for warmth and accessibility. "Faculty,
staff, students and their parents often tell us they appreciate
his open-door policy," Gantcher added. "He's been a very
visible president, always making extra time to talk with students,
cheer them on during finals and celebrate their achievements."
Gantcher also said DiBiaggio and his wife, Nancy, have "tirelessly
and graciously" served as the University's own First Family--warmly
welcoming thousands of Tufts' friends and family and international
dignitaries over the years to the president's residence, Gifford
House. "They have played a major role in making every visitor,
every member of the Tufts family, feel very special about this University--and
we are most grateful."
Prior to his appointment at Tufts, DiBiaggio served as president
of Michigan State University from 1985 to 1992; president of the
University of Connecticut from 1979 to 1985; and vice president
for health affairs and executive director of the medical center
at the University of Connecticut from 1976 to 1979. In addition
to holding many other administrative appointments, he has served
as a tenured professor in a number of departments. He holds three
degrees and ten honorary degrees.
DiBiaggio has held a lifelong commitment to volunteering and has
served on the boards of the American Council on Education, Campus
Compact, Golden Key National Honor Society, the American Film Institute
and the NCAA Foundation, among others. He is also a member of the
Commission on the International Exchange of Scholars and serves
as President of the Board of the American Cancer Society Foundation.
He is also a director of the Kaman Corporation and of the national
American Automobile Association. Gantcher said a search for DiBiaggio's
successor will begin immediately.
Highlights from the DiBiaggio Administration
- The University is in the best financial position in its history.
The endowment has tripled from $180 million to nearly $600 million.
Fully endowed chairs have quintupled to 24.
- Tufts exceeded its initial $400 million Tufts Tomorrow campaign
and has set a revised goal of $600 million to be reached by 2002.
During the campaign Tufts received the biggest gift in its history--$20
million from Trustee Bernard Gordon, H92--for the engineering
- The undergraduate program, and graduate and professional schools,
are among the most selective and prestigious in the country. For
instance, the number of undergrad applications has risen 85 percent
over the past eight years, and students at the Dental School have
placed among the top ten dental schools nationwide for the past
four years in students' performance on national board exams.
- Clinical research undertaken by the Medical School and Sackler
ranked sixth in the country for its impact.
- "Active citizenship," long a hallmark of Tufts, is
being formalized this fall in the new interdisciplinary programs
of the University College of Citizenship and Public Service, which
earlier this year received a $10 million gift from graduates Pierre
Omidyar, A88, founder of eBay, and his wife, Pam Wesley Omidyar,
- Tufts now has 14 joint degree programs, including collaborations
on University-wide initiatives on aging, children's issues and
- Five years ago Tufts more than doubled its financial commitment
to address deferred maintenance on a University-wide basis, now
an $11 million effort.
Building accomplishments include:
- In Boston's Health Science campus, the Jaharis Family Center
for Biomedical and Nutrition Research;
- In Grafton at the Veterinary School, six buildings, including
the Harringtonn Oncology Program win, a new teaching laboratory,
and the Bernice Barbour Wildlife Medicine Building; and
- In Medford, seven facilities, including Dowling Hall, the Gantcher
Family Sports and Convocation Center and the Tisch Library.
New Dean US Ambassador to South Korea Tapped to Lead Fletcher
Stephen W. Bosworth
Tufts announced in july that U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Stephen
W. Bosworth, will become Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and
Diplomacy effective February 15.
Ambassador Bosworth replaces John R. Galvin, the former Supreme
Allied Commander of NATO in Europe, who recently retired as dean
of the Fletcher School. Currently, Joel P. Trachtman, a professor
of international law and academic dean, is serving as interim dean.
"Ambassador Bosworth has been working hard to reduce tensions on
the Korean peninsula," said President John DiBiaggio. "Indeed,
he has played an important role in coordinating the U.S. and South
Korean strategies toward North Korea, including the historic summit
meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea held in Pyongyang
Bosworth commented on his appointment, "Having worked for
more than 30 years in the foreign policy arena, it seems appropriate
that my career brings me to the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
I consider it an honor and privilege to have been entrusted with
the leadership of such a respected institution. The many Fletcher
graduates with whom I have worked are noteworthy for their passion
and vision, their strong intellects and versatility."
Bosworth, 60, is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a former chair
of Dartmouth's board of trustees. He has served as the U.S. ambassador
to Tunisia and he later held the key position of U.S. ambassador
to the Philippines during the last years of the presidency of Ferdinand
Marcos. Prior to his appointment in Seoul, Ambassador Bosworth organized
and was the first Executive Director of the Korean Peninsula Energy
Development Organization (KEDO), a multinational organization supplying
two nuclear power plants and annually shipping 500,000 metric tons
of heavy fuel oil to North Korea in exchange for the freezing and
eventual dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons capability.
Ambassador Bosworth's foreign service postings include time in
Paris, Madrid and Panama. In Washington, D.C., he has served as
director of policy planning, principal deputy assistant secretary
of state for inter-American affairs, deputy assistant secretary
of state for economic affairs and director of the Office of Fuels
and Energy. Starting in 1987, Ambassador Bosworth was president
for eight years of the U.S.-Japan Foundation, a private American
grant-making institution. During this period he chaired and co-authored
several studies on U.S. relations with Asia and served as an advisor
to several major companies. He was also an adjunct professor at
Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Seven join Tufts Boards of Overseers
Tufts recently announced that six new people have joined the Boards
of Overseers to assist the president and the Board of Trustees.
Dr. Richard J. Cleveland, A54, Benjamin Andrews Professor
of Surgery emeritus at the School of Medicine, to the International
Board of Overseers. He also serves as secretary-treasurer of the
American Board of Thoracic Surgery and president of the Atlantis
Group, an international telemedicine management company.
Jeannie H. Diefenderfer, E84, to the Board of Overseers
for Engineering. As the vice president of corporate sourcing for
Bell Atlantic, she is accountable for managing a $9 billion buy
for Bell Atlantic from Maine to Virginia.
Daniel J. Doherty III, founder and principal of Eastern
Development, developer and owner of office and retail properties,
to the Board of Overseers for Athletics. Doherty attended Tufts
for his freshman and sophomore years and continued his undergraduate
education at UMass-Boston. He is a lifetime member of the Jumbo
Elaine Feen Kaufman, J46, to the International Board of
Overseers. She is one of the most devoted and generous benefactors
of the Tufts European Center in Talloires, France. In addition to
her continuing support of the annual operation of the center, Kaufman
has endowed the Kaufman Financial Aid Fund for Study Abroad to give
more Tufts students the opportunity to study in Talloires. She resides
Edward M. Swan, Jr., A63, to the Board of Overseers for
Arts & Sciences. He is the retired vice president of MFS International
Advisors in Boston.
Gregory J. Terry, F70, to the Board of Overseers for the
Fletcher School. He is the CEO and managing director of Brierley
Management Services PTE Limited in Tung Centre, Singapore.
Trustee Judith Vaitukaitis, J62, to the Board of Overseers
for the Medical School. She is director of the National Center for
Research Resources for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda,
MD. At the Veterinary School, united at last For the first time
in the history of the School of Veterinary Medicine, first-year
students are studying on the Grafton campus this fall.
At the Veterinary School, united at last
The unification of all four veterinary classes in Grafton was made
possible with the addition of two new academic facilities, a 12,000-square-foot
teaching laboratory and a major renovation of the former farm animal
ward in the Hospital for Large Animals. The renovated space features
a new lecture hall, student lounge and computer room.
The $3.65 million project achieved a long-held goal of bringing
the entire veterinary student body onto the Grafton campus. When
the school first opened in 1978, space restrictions required first-
and second-year students to study on the Health Sciences Campus
in Boston. In 1993, second-year students first attended classes
on the Grafton campus with the opening of the Franklin M. Loew Veterinary
Medical Education Center.
First Omidyar Scholars selected
The Tufts University College of Citizenship and Public Service
(UCCPS) began this fall with the start of the Omidyar Scholars Program.
Supported by a generous gift from Pierre Omidyar, A88, founder of
eBay, the online Internet trading community, and his wife, Pam Wesley
Omidyar, J89, the program supports the development of values and
skills of active citizenship and covers the financial aid needs
of eligible students. Beginning in September, 21 Omidyar Scholars--eight
freshmen, four sophomores, four juniors and five seniors--will meet
regularly and receive leadership training and have access to funds
to support individual and group community service and civic action
work. In addition, the Omidyar Scholars will be asked to organize
community affairs activities to share with the larger Tufts community.
In order to facilitate their group work, they also will have an
intensive semester of leadership training and team building, such
as a weekend retreat at Outward Bound Thompson Island.
Chaplain McLennan makes a westward move
After 16 years, Reverend Scotty McLennan, Tufts chaplain, will
be leaving the Hill for Stanford University in January.
He will be remembered as an educator and advisor who implemented
and fostered programs in various Tufts institutions. He has also
created and instructed courses in medical ethics at Tufts Medical
and Dental schools. Recently he gained attention for his best-selling
book, Finding Your Religion: When the Faith You Grew Up With Has
Lost Its Meaning. He is also known as the cartoon character, Reverend
Scott Sloan, which his Yale roommate, Garry Trudeau, created for
his comic strip, Doonesbury.