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Tufts Names Oxford Neuroscientist as Next President

Tufts University President Lawrence Bacow, seen here, announced in February he will step down in 2011. Photographer: Michael Fein/Bloomberg
Tufts University President Lawrence Bacow, seen here, announced in February he will step down in 2011. Photographer: Michael Fein/Bloomberg

Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Tufts University named as president Anthony P. Monaco, a neuroscientist and pro-vice chancellor at the University of Oxford in the U.K.

Monaco, 51, will take over at Tufts next year, the university in Medford, Massachusetts, said today on its website, without specifying a date. In his research, Monaco identified the first gene specifically involved in human speech and language, according to Tufts. Monaco will succeed Lawrence S. Bacow, 59, who said in February he’ll step down in 2011 after 10 years as president.

Tufts conducted an international search, considering candidates from business, public service, nonprofits and academia, James A. Stern, chairman of the Tufts board, said in a letter.

“Anthony Monaco is a pioneering life scientist with a record of exceptional accomplishment as a university leader, biomedical researcher and teacher,” said Stern, who is also chairman and CEO of New York-based Cypress Group LLC. “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.”

Bacow’s designated successor is the son of a plumber and a first-generation college graduate. Monaco, a Delaware native, earned his undergraduate degree at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, and his M.D. and Ph.D. at Harvard University in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, according to information provided by Tufts. He has spent 20 years at Oxford.

‘Passionate’ About Access

“I’m passionate about increasing access to higher education and I know that Tufts shares that passion,” Monaco said in the statement on the Tufts website.

Monaco is pro-vice chancellor for planning and resources at Oxford, where he reports to the vice chancellor, said Kim Thurler, a Tufts spokeswoman.

Monaco will begin at Tufts before the start of the next academic year, Thurler said in an e-mail.

Tufts was founded in 1852. Graduates include Pierre Omidyar, chairman of EBay Inc. in San Jose, California; and Jamie Dimon, New York-based JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s chairman and chief executive officer.

To contact the reporter on this story: Janet Lorin in New York jlorin@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jonathan Kaufman at jkaufman17@bloomberg.net

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