Message from Peggy Newell


Posted: November 2, 2012

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

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