Anthony Monaco named Tufts University's 13th president
November 30, 2010
Anthony P. Monaco, M.D., Ph.D., pro-vice-chancellor for planning and resources at the University of Oxford and a distinguished neuroscientist who identified the first gene specifically involved in human speech and language, has been named Tufts University's 13th president by the institution's board of trustees. Monaco will succeed President Lawrence S. Bacow next summer. Bacow announced in February 2010 that he would step down next year after 10 years as president of the 158-year-old university.
"Anthony Monaco is a pioneering life scientist with a record of exceptional accomplishment as a university leader, biomedical researcher and teacher. He is superbly qualified to succeed President Lawrence S. Bacow, who has done so much to advance Tufts during the past 10 years," said Chairman of the Board James A. Stern. "Tony will bring to the presidency of Tufts deeply held commitments to academic excellence, diversity, a global perspective and the university's central role in society."
As Oxford's pro-vice-chancellor for planning and resources since 2007, Monaco has developed and led the strategy for academic, capital and student enrollment planning; senior academic appointments, and budgeting and resource allocation for an international institution that includes 38 colleges. He has worked to broaden access to Oxford, create and fund interdisciplinary research initiatives and secure additional support for the humanities.
"I have the greatest admiration for Tony, both as a fellow scientist and a fellow university administrator," said Andrew Hamilton, vice-chancellor of Oxford University. "His research is world-leading, and in his role as pro-vice-chancellor for planning and resources he has led the way on some of the most challenging issues faced by this or any other U.K. university. We will be very sorry to see him leave, but it is always a great pleasure when someone from Oxford goes on to lead another excellent university, and we congratulate Tufts on securing him as president."
Before his appointment as pro-vice-chancellor, Monaco served as director of Oxford’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, now the largest externally funded, university-based research center in the U.K. Monaco played a leading role in doubling the size of the center, which focuses on identifying the biological basis of common human diseases.