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by Maureen Keegan

During the July 21 Talloires Network (TN) Steering Committee (SC) meeting, the current members of the SC elected Tufts University President, Anthony Monaco, and University of Pretoria Vice-Chancellor, Cheryl de la Rey, to serve as Chair and Vice-Chair respectively, when Mark Gearan and Jan Reid complete their terms at the end of 2014. Gearan and Reid have served in their current roles since 2011. Gearan will remain a member of the SC while Reid will finish her term in December.

After the election, Gearan said, “It has been an honor to serve as Chair of the Talloires Network Steering Committee. Jan and I are delighted to pass the baton to two dynamic new leaders who will serve the Network well in its next stage of development.”

Executive Director Rob Hollister comments, “The Talloires Network has benefitted immensely from Mark Gearan and Jan Reid’s distinguished direction and creative initiative.  During their terms as Chair and Vice-Chair, TN doubled in size, developed new core programs and reached wholly new levels of activity and influence.”

Anthony Monaco became President of Tufts University (Medford, Massachusetts, United States), home of the TN Secretariat in August, 2011 and has been an ex-officio member of the SC since 2012. Immediately prior to joining Tufts, Monaco served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Resources at Oxford University, where he previously led the University’s Neurogenetics Group and then the Welcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics.

Cheryl de la Rey began her term with the TN SC in 2014. She has been the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (Pretoria, South Africa) since November 2009. Previously, her positions include Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Higher Education, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town and Executive Director at the National Research Foundation.

Monaco and de la Rey will officially begin their terms on January 1, 2015, but will play a key role in the strategic planning effort that will be undertaken by the TN SC at its meeting in advance of the 2014 Talloires Network Leaders Conference.

To learn more about Monaco and de la Rey and their civic engagement work, please visit the Steering Committee section of the TN website to read their biographies and interviews from the Leaders in the Civic Engagement Movement series.