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Tufts names US ambassador to Spain as dean of Tisch College

Posted by Your Town  June 13, 2013 02:12 PM

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Tufts University has named Alan D. Solomont, the US ambassador to Spain and Andorra, as dean of its Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, officials said Thursday in a statement.

Solomont, a Tufts alumnus and the founding board chair of Tisch College, will assume the role on Jan. 2, 2014, according to the statement. Tisch does not enroll students or grant degrees. Instead, the school works with Tufts faculty and students to “instill an entrepreneurial approach to civil engagement,” the statement said.

According to the university statement, Solomont’s wife, Susan, received an M.Ed. from Tufts in 1981, and his daughter Becca earned a bachelor of arts in child development in 2008. While he served as a Tisch College senior fellow, Solomont taught an undergraduate political science seminar on the American presidency.

"For me, returning to Tufts as the dean of Tisch College is coming home—to an institution I love and that has meant so much to me and my family," Solomont said in the statement. "I am excited to lead one of Tufts’ signature initiatives and to apply my passion for active citizenship and civic engagement to build on Tisch’s solid foundation and to propel it to new heights."

Solomont, a Weston native, has a reputation for being one of the Democratic Party’s most fruitful fundraisers. The Globe has reported that Solomont previously worked as chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Learn and Serve America programs.

"Alan has a range of characteristics that make him an attractive candidate for the deanship," David Harris, Tufts University provost and senior vice president, said in a phone interview, adding, "He not only has a connection to the place, he has a commitment to Tufts."

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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