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:

Brian H. Kavoogian, A84
Term 2008 - 2013
Laurie Gabriel, J76
Term 2009 – 2014
Hugh R. Roome III, F77, AG74, FG80
Term 2009 - 2014
David B. Rone, A84
Term 2010 - 2015
Betsy Busch, M75
Term 2011 - 2016
Ioannis Miaoulis, E83, G86, G87
Term 2011 - 2016
Robert Bendetson, A73
Term 2012 - 2017
John de Jong, A78, V85
Term 2012 - 2017
Elizabeth Cochary Gross, Ph.D., N82, NG88
Term 2013 -2018


More than 4000 alumni voted in the annual Alumni Elections in 2012. The candidates nominated for election to the Tufts University Board of Trustees by the Tufts Alumni Council’s Nominating Committee in 2012 were:


  • Elizabeth Cochary Gross, Ph.D., N82, NG88
  • Robert Stricker, E69

Meet the Trustees elected/re-elected in 2013

Elizabeth Cochary Gross, Ph.D., N82, NG88, was elected by the alumni body to serve a first five-year term. Brian Kavoogian, A84, currently serving a first five-year term, was re-elected by members of the Council to serve a second five-year term. Both terms will begin in November 2013.