Interview News Worthy Alumni News Innovation Bookshelf Back page

Transitions for a True Tuftonian

Ron Brinn, A58, Tufts director of alumni relations for the past 15 years, announced in February his plans to retire at the end of this calendar year.

Brinn made the announcement on Feb. 5 at a meeting of the University Trustee Development Committee. "It has been a privilege and an honor to serve Tufts alumni," said Brinn, "not only because they are a great group of people, but because Tufts is also my alma mater. I have witnessed time and again how intensely alumni feel about their experiences here, and it has been a pleasure to make sure those indelible memories endure and multiply."

"Ron is a creative man who leads by example," said President John DiBiaggio. "His commitment to his alma mater has helped Tufts establish new traditions and nurture its long-held ideals. He is an alumnus of the highest order."

Senior Vice President Dr. Thomas Murnane, A58, D62, K65, G68, J97P, said he accepted with "deep regret" the news of Brinn's departure.

"Ron's warmth and enthusiasm for Tufts has clearly energized alumni relations at Tufts," he said. "The legacy he'll leave behind is an accomplishment that reflects his unique gifts for special events and activities for building a stronger sense of the Tufts' family."

Elliott Lerman, president of the Tufts University Alumni Association, said, "Ron has given greatly of his talents and energy in continuously improving alumni relations and enhancing the emotional ties all graduates have for this university. It is my ambition to retain Ron as an active member of the association as he goes forward into retirement."

As director, Brinn created Tuftonia's Day, the annual April 21 holiday that marks the 1852 founding of Tufts; helped weave together an international network of more than 50 Tufts clubs and alliances; and oversaw the formation of the 1-800-THE-ALUM toll-free line. He also implemented the Alumni Relations web site ( and its popular e-mail directory.

Brinn developed many additional events to forge lifelong connections with Tufts. He introduced The Paris/Talloires Alumni College and The Tufts Convocations in Europe, established the Veterinary School Alumni Association, and created such "emotional milestones" as the Class Ring Ceremony, Tuftonia's Feast (a special dinner for students served by alumni), and the Commencement Eve Candlelight Alumni Welcome to each graduating class.

A one-time editor of The Tufts Weekly, Brinn has also served as editor in chief of Tuftonia since its inception in 1994 as the new magazine of Tufts University, replacing the tabloid The Criterion.

Brinn also originated TuftServe, an annual tally of volunteer-service hours by the Tufts community, and the Student Alumni Relations Committee (SARC) with its annual JumboFest and Jumbo FuturesFests. Both alumni annual giving and the percentages of alumni participation in fund-raising increased during his years at Tufts.

Prior to Tufts, Brinn was deputy director of communications/press secretary to Boston Mayor Kevin H. White, director of communications/press secretary for Massachusetts Governor Edward J. King and longtime spokesperson for Massport at Logan International Airport. An NROTC graduate of Tufts, he retired as a captain after 29 years in the Naval Reserve.

Moynihan To Head Alumni Field Services

Alumni House recently welcomed Jack Moynihan as the new associate director of alumni relations for education and field services.

Jack brings to Tufts more than 10 years'experience in public relations and corporate development. He was previously director of public relations and corporate development for Security Systems, Inc., and deputy commissioner of Elder Affairs for the City of Boston.

A graduate of Suffolk University, Jack earned a master’s in public administration from Northeastern University.
Jack will oversee the multifaceted efforts of an international network of more than 50 Tufts Clubs and Alliances, as well as the planning and coordination of the Tufts Convocation abroad, alumni colleges, and other continuing education activities.

"I look forward to meeting and working with alumni," he said. "It is a privilege to join the long tradition of Tuftonians."

Jack may be reached at Alumni House at (617) 627-3577 or via e-mail at



© 2001 Trustees of Tufts University, all rights reserved.