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Lawrence S. Bacow

Larry Bacow is President of Tufts University. A lawyer and economist whose research focuses on environmental policy, he holds faculty appointments in five departments at Tufts: Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning; Economics; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Public Health and Family Medicine in the Medical School; and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Since coming to Tufts, Bacow established the Task Force on the Undergraduate Experience to explore the potential of Tufts' undergraduate academic, residential and co-curricular offerings. Numerous task force recommendations have been implemented, highlighted by the current construction of Sophia Gordon Hall to expand on-campus housing for Tufts students. Bacow oversaw the 10-year reaccreditation of Tufts by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. He streamlined the administration in Arts, Sciences and Engineering to increase resources for faculty and appointed the Council on Graduate Education to strengthen graduate programs university wide. He launched a plan to expand the basic sciences at the School of Medicine and successfully worked with hospital officials to restore the university's name to Tufts-New England Medical Center. On the Medford/Somerville campus, he has led a thoughtful master planning process to preserve the sense of place that makes the campus special while also identifying new space for teaching, research, office, student, residential, and other uses.

Bacow has strengthened relations between Tufts and its host communities, initiating activities such as Community Day on the Medford/Somerville campus and an annual symposium on active citizenship and community partnerships. He has emphasized increased collaboration among Tufts' eight schools and generated creativity and enthusiasm for interdisciplinary study. Under Bacow's leadership, Tufts has enjoyed its three most successful years of fundraising as well as research support.

Bacow serves on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a director of Tufts-New England Medical Center, Cummings Foundation and Campus Compact. He is an active participant with his colleagues in the New England Small Colleges Athletic Conference. He is a trustee of Wheaton College and a member of the Board of Overseers of Hebrew College and frequent keynote speaker on higher education and environmental issues.

Prior to coming to Tufts, Bacow was the Chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies. A gifted teacher and scholar, he taught courses in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, the Economics Department, the Political Science Department, and the Sloan School of Management. Bacow chaired the MIT faculty and held visiting professorships and research appointments at five universities abroad. An internationally recognized expert on non-adjudicatory approaches to the resolution of environmental disputes, he has authored four books and numerous articles, and has consulted extensively throughout the world.

Bacow received his S.B. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his M.P.P. and Ph.D. from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.