School Notebook

Former Tufts President Selected to Lead Harvard

– Allison Goldsberry

Former Tufts University President Lawrence “Larry” Bacow has been named as Harvard University’s next president, according to multiple published accounts.

Bacow, Tufts’ president for a decade, will become Harvard’s twenty-ninth leader on July 1. He has been at Harvard since leaving the home of the Jumbos, teaching at the Graduate School of Education and currently serving as the Hauser Leader-in-Residence at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Center for Public Leadership.

“Larry Bacow is one of the most accomplished, admired, insightful, and effective leaders in American higher education,” said William F. Lee, A.B. ’72, senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation and chair of Harvard’s presidential search committee, in a statement. “This is a pivotal moment for higher education – one full of extraordinary possibilities to pursue new knowledge, enhance education, and serve society, but also a time when the singular value of higher education and university research has too often been challenged and called into doubt. Such a time calls for skillful leadership, strategic thinking, and disciplined execution. Larry will provide just that.”

Bacow was a popular figure at Tufts and was often joined by students on his frequent runs. The avid runner is credited with launching in 2003 the Tufts Marathon Challenge, a team comprised of students and alumni that raises thousands for nutrition research. Bacow led Tufts from September 2001 through July 2011 and helped the university raise over $1 billion, according to The Boston Globe.

“Larry served with great distinction as 12th President of Tufts from 2001 to 2011. He exhibited superb leadership while at Tufts, and his commitment to academic excellence, strength of principle, and vision will lead Harvard University in its next era of accomplishment,” wrote Tufts President Anthony Monaco.

“The Harvard I have known has always stood for at least three things: the pursuit of truth, an unwavering commitment to excellence, and opportunity,” said Bacow in a statement. “In a nation divided, these guiding ideals have never been more important. We should never shy away from nor be apologetic about affirming our commitment to making the world a better place through our teaching and scholarship and our commitment to truth, excellence, and opportunity for all. And we should always recognize that, for all of our progress toward realizing these ideals over decades and centuries, there is much more we can learn, more we can contribute, more we can do better.

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