Transitions for a True Tuftonian
Brinn, A58, Tufts director of alumni relations for the past 15
years, announced in February his plans to retire at the end of
this calendar year.
Brinn made the announcement on Feb. 5 at a meeting of the University Trustee
"It has been a privilege and an honor to serve Tufts alumni," said
Brinn, "not only because they are a great group of people, but because
Tufts is also my alma mater. I have witnessed time and again how intensely alumni
feel about their experiences here, and it has been a pleasure to make sure those
indelible memories endure and multiply."
"Ron is a creative man who leads by example," said
President John DiBiaggio. "His commitment to his alma mater
has helped Tufts establish new traditions and nurture its long-held
ideals. He is an alumnus of the highest order."
Senior Vice President Dr. Thomas Murnane, A58, D62, K65, G68,
J97P, said he accepted with "deep regret" the news of
"Ron's warmth and enthusiasm for Tufts has clearly energized alumni relations
at Tufts," he said. "The legacy he'll leave behind is an accomplishment
that reflects his unique gifts for special events and activities for building
a stronger sense of the Tufts' family."
Elliott Lerman, president of the Tufts University Alumni Association, said,
"Ron has given greatly of his talents and energy in continuously improving
alumni relations and enhancing the emotional ties all graduates have for this
university. It is my ambition to retain Ron as an active member of the association
as he goes forward into retirement."
As director, Brinn created Tuftonia's Day, the annual April 21 holiday that
marks the 1852 founding of Tufts; helped weave together an international network
of more than 50 Tufts clubs and alliances; and oversaw the formation of the
1-800-THE-ALUM toll-free line. He also implemented the Alumni Relations web
site (www.tufts.edu/alumni) and its popular e-mail directory.
Brinn developed many additional events to forge lifelong connections with Tufts.
He introduced The Paris/Talloires Alumni College and The Tufts Convocations
in Europe, established the Veterinary School Alumni Association, and created
such "emotional milestones" as the Class Ring Ceremony, Tuftonia's
Feast (a special dinner for students served by alumni), and the Commencement
Eve Candlelight Alumni Welcome to each graduating class.
A one-time editor of The Tufts Weekly, Brinn has also
served as editor in chief of Tuftonia since its inception
in 1994 as the new magazine of Tufts University, replacing the
tabloid The Criterion.
Brinn also originated TuftServe, an annual tally of volunteer-service hours
by the Tufts community, and the Student Alumni Relations Committee (SARC) with
its annual JumboFest and Jumbo FuturesFests. Both alumni annual giving and the
percentages of alumni participation in fund-raising increased during his years
Prior to Tufts, Brinn was deputy director of communications/press secretary
to Boston Mayor Kevin H. White, director of communications/press secretary for
Massachusetts Governor Edward J. King and longtime spokesperson for Massport
at Logan International Airport. An NROTC graduate of Tufts, he retired as a
captain after 29 years in the Naval Reserve.
Moynihan To Head Alumni Field Services
recently welcomed Jack Moynihan as the new associate director of alumni relations
for education and field services.
Jack brings to Tufts more than 10 years'experience in public relations and corporate
development. He was previously director of public relations and corporate development
for Security Systems, Inc., and deputy commissioner of Elder Affairs for the
City of Boston.
A graduate of Suffolk University, Jack earned a masters in public administration
from Northeastern University.
Jack will oversee the multifaceted efforts of an international network of more
than 50 Tufts Clubs and Alliances, as well as the planning and coordination
of the Tufts Convocation abroad, alumni colleges, and other continuing education
"I look forward to meeting and working with alumni," he said. "It
is a privilege to join the long tradition of Tuftonians."
Jack may be reached at Alumni House at (617) 627-3577 or via
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.