Lawrence S. Bacow

Harvard University
Public policy and environment scholar; Academic administrator
Leadership, Policy, and Communications
Educational and Academic Leadership


Lawrence S. Bacow is the 19th President of Harvard University, after serving as the Hauser Leader-in-Residence at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Center for Public Leadership. Lawrence S. Bacow served as President of Tufts University from 2001-2011. As President of Tufts from 2001 to 2011, Bacow advanced the university’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and public service and fostered collaboration across the university’s eight schools. Under his leadership, Tufts pursued initiatives to enhance the undergraduate experience, deepen graduate and professional education and research in critical fields, broaden international engagement, and promote active citizenship among members of the university community. Prior to that, he was Chancellor of MIT (1998-2001) and Chair of the MIT Faculty. As Chancellor of MIT, he had oversight of undergraduate and graduate education, student life, admissions, financial aid, athletics, campus planning, and MIT's large scale institutional partnerships both industrial and international.  He also played a major role in structuring MIT's partnership with Cambridge University in England, and chaired the Institute's Council on the Environment. He is a social scientist, attorney, planner, and scholar and has contributed to environmental policy, bargaining and negotiation theory, and university leadership through scholarly work, teaching, and engagement with civic and governmental agencies. 

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