Professor Diane Souvaine to become Vice Provost for Research

Dear Colleagues,


Following Peggy Newell's recent departure, we focused on an internal search for the new Vice Provost for Research. Several candidates expressed interest, so we conducted a confidential interview process on a brisk timeline. Finalists met with a number of faculty and administrators representing university, research and school administration across all three campuses.

As a result of this intensive interview process, and discussions I have had with key Tufts leaders, I am pleased to announce that Professor Diane Souvaine has been offered and has accepted the position of Vice Provost for Research, effective November 28.

Diane has been an active, impactful member of Tufts' academic community. She is currently Professor of Computer Science and Adjunct Professor of Mathematics. She chaired the Department of Computer Science from 2002 to 2009. Diane served eight years as Director of the Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics Scholars Program and has been a visiting scientist, domestically and abroad, at distinguished institutions such as Université libre de Bruxelles, in Belgium; MIT; Princeton; the Institute for Advanced Study; and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Prior to Tufts, Diane served on the faculty at Rutgers University for twelve years, also serving for two and a half years in the directorate of DIMACS, an NSF Science and Technology Center that comprised 135 permanent members drawn from across Princeton, Rutgers, Bell Labs and Bellcore.

Additionally, Diane has extensive experience as a member of the 24-person National Science Board, a prestigious body charged with governing the National Science Foundation (NSF) and advising the President and Congress ( Diane is one of four National Science Board members serving on the Executive Committee, which is chaired by NSF Director Subra Suresh. Her experience on the National Science Board will serve Tufts well as we seek to expand our research success in what will be a challenging federal funding environment.

I am enthusiastic about Diane's decision to become part of the Provost's Office and invite you to join me in congratulating Diane on her new role. I look forward to working with her during this exciting and critical phase of Tufts' growth.


David R. Harris
Provost and Senior Vice President