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September 20, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

Please join me in congratulating Vice Provost Peggy Newell on her appointment as Deputy Provost of Harvard University, effective November 1. Her own message to the Tufts community is given below. This is an excellent opportunity for Peggy, and a well-deserved recognition of her remarkable leadership skills and deep understanding of the core values and principles of American higher education.

Like many of you, I feel great pride in Peggy’s appointment and bittersweet emotion as she takes this next step in her stellar career. Sadly, she and I have only had the opportunity to work together for several months, but it is clear from what I have observed and what I have heard from others that Peggy has been one of Tufts’ most trusted and astute administrators. During her more than thirty years here, she has epitomized what it means to be a selfless leader dedicated to the long-term success of our faculty, students, and staff.

It should not have surprised anyone that President Monaco turned to Peggy when Tufts needed to appoint an interim Provost in 2011. While also retaining many of her ongoing responsibilities as Vice Provost, she carried out both jobs with effortless grace and inspired confidence during an important time of change. President Monaco notes, “Peggy has been a truly special and indispensible colleague during my time at Tufts. I will always be grateful for her wise counsel and generous help in ensuring a seamless transition for Provost Harris and me.”

Appointed as Vice Provost in 2004, Peggy has contributed to Tufts in countless ways. She served as Associate Dean of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and as Associate Dean for Special Programs at the School of Medicine before joining the Provost’s Office in 1998 as Associate Provost for Research. There she created the University’s first office of proposal development and its first office of technology licensing and industry collaboration.

This is the second of two important announcements recently shared with the Tufts community, following last week’s news of Dean Bosworth’s intention to retire from the University at the end of the academic year. President Monaco and I are committed to bringing in new leaders of the highest caliber and will keep you apprised of the progress in our search processes over the coming months.

Meanwhile, we hope you will join us in celebrating Peggy’s extraordinary accomplishments at three community receptions in her honor, to be held on:

  • Thursday, October 18. from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00p.m. in Grafton, Kohnstamm Room
  • Wednesday, October 24 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Boston, Alumni Lounge, School of Dental Medicine
  • Thursday, October 25 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Medford, Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall

Though Peggy will be greatly missed here, we wish her all the best in this next phase of her brilliant career.

David R. Harris
Provost and Senior Vice President

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In 1982 when I came to Tufts I thought I would stay about five years. Time passed quickly, as it does when you love what you are doing, where you work, and especially the people with whom you work. It is now thirty years later and I am about to begin a new chapter in my life. At the end of October, I will leave Tufts to be the first deputy provost of Harvard University. This opportunity came to me very unexpectedly over the summer.

The University has made incredible progress over these thirty years and it was a privilege for me to have been able to be part of it. It was a particular privilege for me to have been able to be part of President Monaco’s transition team and to have gotten to know our new Provost, David Harris. In addition to being very capable leaders, they are both a lot of fun to work with and I will miss them.

I have had the great pleasure of getting to know people on all three of our campuses (four, if we count Talloires), of learning from some extraordinary mentors, and of having the very best team in the Office of the Vice Provost and in the Provost’s Office that one could ask for. From the day I arrived at the Sackler School in 1982 until today I have never had a day when I can say that I was bored or when I did not feel surrounded by exciting and interesting programs and people. Indeed, getting to know the faculty and their research and having gotten to know so many graduates of the Sackler School were among my greatest pleasures.

My sincere thanks to all of you for being my colleagues, my teachers, and my friends. I cannot imagine that anyone in the world has had better colleagues with whom to work and you will always occupy a very special place in my heart.

Peggy Newell