Tufts University Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the ultimate governing authority of Tufts University. Alumni Trustees, who are elected by alumni ballot, comprise 25% of the Board. The other 75% are Charter Trustees, who are appointed by the Board. Alumni Trustees and Charter Trustees are equal in responsibility and influence.

The Board’s responsibilities include:

  • Appointment of the President and establishment of conditions of employment for the President and key officers.
  • Review and approval of the University's mission and purposes, as well as proposed major changes in programs and major enterprises.
  • Approval of policies on faculty appointment, promotion, tenure, and dismissal.
  • Approval of the annual budget and tuition, and monitoring of the university's financial condition.
  • Authorization of new construction, renovation, and upkeep.
  • Approval of all earned and honorary degrees.

For a listing and bios of all current members of the Tufts Board of Trustees, please visit the Office of the Trustees website.

Alumni Trustees

Tufts alumni elect 10 alumni to the Tufts University Board of Trustees, two each year, to serve five-year terms.

All alumni from all the schools and programs of Tufts (the alumni body) are eligible to vote for a first five-year term for candidates to serve on the university’s Board of Trustees (these trustees are referred to as Alumni Trustees).

Alumni Trustees who were elected by the alumni body and have served a five-year term on the university’s Board and who wish to serve a second and final five-year term need to be endorsed by the Board, nominated by the Nominating Committee of the Alumni Council, which is the elected leadership of the alumni body, and voted on by the members of the Alumni Council at its annual meeting in the spring of each year.

The Alumni Trustees currently on the Tufts University Board of Trustees are:

Betsy Busch, M75
Term 2016–2021
Kalahn Taylor-Clark, J99, MG01
Term 2016–2021
Robert Bendetson, A73
Term 2012–2017
John de Jong, A78, V85
Term 2012–2017
Brian H. Kavoogian, A84
Term 2013–2018
Elizabeth Cochary Gross, Ph.D., N82, NG88
Term 2013–2018
Laurie Gabriel, J76
Term 2014–2019
Hugh R. Roome III, F77, AG74, FG80
Term 2014–2019
Diana Lopez, J78
Term 2015–2020
David B. Rone, A84
Term 2015–2020

Meet the Trustees Elected in 2016

Re-elected to a second term, November 2016–November 2021

Betsy Busch, M75, received her B.A. from Barnard College and her M.D. degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. She is a pediatrician and subspecialist in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. An associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the Tufts University School of Medicine, her research and clinical work has focused on the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning disorders, and related neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. Busch is a past president of the Tufts Medical Alumni Association, and also served for 10 years on the Tufts Medical Center Institutional Review Board.

Kalahn Taylor-Clark, J99, MG01, has her B.A. in international relations from Tufts University, an M.P.H from Tufts University School of Medicine, and a Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University. She is currently the associate vice president and global head of patient engagement strategy at Sanofi-Aventis, and was previously the senior advisor and assistant professor, Center for Health Policy, Research, and Ethics at George Mason University. Her extensive involvement at Tufts includes guest lecturing in political science and community health, interviewing prospective students, and presenting to the Black Student Leaders Association.