Speeches and Messages

Stay updated with President Kumar’s messages to the Tufts community, remarks at public engagements, and other news from his office:

Welcome to the Spring Semester

January 16, 2024—View President Kumar's beginning-of-semester message to the Tufts community. Read More


Announcement Regarding Arts and Sciences School Leadership

December 20, 2023—We are writing to share that after 33 years of service to the university, James “Jim” M. Glaser, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences (A&S), will be leaving Tufts at the end of this academic year to become the next executive vice president and provost of Santa Clara University. Read More


Joshua Else Appointed SVP of Advancement

November 13, 2023—It is my pleasure to share with you today the appointment of Joshua Else as the next senior vice president of advancement at Tufts University and will assume his role on February 5, 2024. Read More


Preventing Hate and Upholding Policies on Campus

November 8, 2023—Over the past few weeks, many members of the Tufts community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents—have raised concerns related to the climate on campus. Read More


A personal note

October 11, 2023—As more reports and details emerge about the atrocities committed by the terrorist organization Hamas in its attack on Israel this weekend, and I see the harrowing and painful pictures of the suffering of innocent civilians, I feel obliged to write to you again to share my personal thoughts on the situation. Read More


Statement regarding violence in Israel and Gaza

October 10, 2023—I am writing to you today regarding the recent surprise attacks on Israel and the subsequent violence in Gaza and the surrounding region. Read More


Inauguration Address

October 6, 2023—President Kumar delivered the following address at his Installation Ceremony on October 6, 2023. Read More


Eric Johnson to transition to new role

September 12, 2023—I am writing to you today regarding the transition of Eric Johnson, our current Senior Vice President of Advancement, into a new role as a Senior Philanthropic Advisor to me. Read More


Matriculation Address to the Class of 2027

September 5, 2023—President Kumar delivered the following address to the Undergraduate Class of 2027 at the matriculation ceremony on August 30, 2023. Read More


Appointment of Provost and Senior Vice President

July 31, 2023—I am very pleased to write today and announce the appointment of Caroline Genco as the provost and senior vice president of Tufts, effective August 1. Read More


Looking forward

July 5, 2023—It is my privilege to write to you today as the 14th president of Tufts University for the very first time. Read More


Today’s Supreme Court decision

June 29, 2023—As you know, the Supreme Court today ruled in favor of Students for Fair Admissions in their case against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. Read More