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Alumni Award Winners 2019

Eight Jumbos received awards for their work and service at a ceremony at Tufts
Eight people lined up for a photo. Eight Tufts alumni received awards for their work and service at a ceremony at the university at Homecoming.
Alumni award winners pose at the awards ceremony.
November 20, 2019

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The Tufts University Alumni Association recognized eight exceptional Jumbos for their career successes, contributions to the university, and civic engagement during a celebration on the Medford/Somerville campus last month.

This year’s Distinguished Achievement Award recipients were James S. (Jay) Famiglietti, A82, E16P; Arthur H. House, A64, F65, F66, F70, A15P, F20P; and Reeta Roy, F89.

The Distinguished Service Award, for outstanding service to the university, went to Hugh R. Roome III, A74, AG74, F77, F80, F80, A11P, F15P, A18P.

Recent graduate Emily W. Frank, M15, received the Young Alumni Achievement Award, and Rev. Jennifer C. Bailey, A09, was honored with the Young Alumni Service Award.  

Thomas P. Glynn III, A68, received the Active Citizenship and Public Service Award, which celebrates contributions to improving the lives of others.

The Career Services Award went to Robert Treiber II, E86, EG90, E18P, E20P, EG19P, for his work creating career opportunities for Tufts students and alumni.

This year’s award recipients:

Rev. Jennifer C. Bailey, A09

Named one of 15 Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress, Jennifer Bailey is an ordained minister, public theologian, and emerging national leader in the multifaith movement for justice. She is the founder and executive director of the Faith Matters Network, a Womanist-led organization equipping community organizers, faith leaders, and activists with resources for connection, spiritual sustainability, and accompaniment. Bailey comes to this work with nearly a decade of experience at nonprofits combating intergenerational poverty. She is also co-founder of The People’s Supper, an Ashoka Fellow, an Aspen Ideas Scholar, an On Being Fellow, and a Truman Scholar. Bailey is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

James S. (Jay) Famiglietti, A82, E16P

Jay Famiglietti is a hydrologist, a professor, and executive director of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan, where he holds the Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing. Before moving to Saskatchewan, Famiglietti was senior water scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, and on the faculties of the University of California, Irvine and the University of Texas at Austin. A fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America, he and his students use satellites and develop advanced computer models to track changing freshwater availability around the world. Their research has revealed unsustainable rates of groundwater depletion in the world’s major aquifers, and has affected water policy changes from California to India. 

Emily Frank, M15

Emily Frank is a practicing pediatrician, community college professor, and public school teacher in Oakland, California. At Tufts University School of Medicine, she took part in the school’s Maine Track program and founded the Health Impact Partnership with the English High School in Boston, which partners Tufts medical students with public high school students to identify and research the health needs in their community and to create interventions for change. Frank is a pediatrician in the emergency room at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland and a public school teacher at Life Academy in Oakland, a school focused on helping minority youth pursue careers in the health sciences. She is also an adjunct professor at Merritt College.

Thomas P. Glynn, A68

Thomas P. Glynn is the chief executive officer of the Harvard Allston Land Company, overseeing Harvard University’s noninstitutional development of its Enterprise Research Campus in Allston. Previously Glynn was chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Port Authority from 2012 to 2018. In that role, he oversaw the 1,300-person agency, with an $800 million budget, that owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, the public container and cruise terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, Worcester Regional Airport, and real estate holdings in South Boston, East Boston, and Charlestown. Prior to joining Massport, Glynn was chief operating officer of the Partners HealthCare System, general manager of the MBTA, deputy secretary of labor in the Clinton Administration, and senior vice president of finance and administration at Brown University.

Arthur H. House, A64, F65, F66, F70, A15P, F20P

Arthur House became chief cybersecurity risk officer for the State of Connecticut in October 2016 after four years as chairman of Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. House has a background in national security, having served as director of communications in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. As a White House Fellow, he was special projects officer at the National Security Council. He worked in Asia and Africa as an economist and loan officer for the World Bank and as a member of the bank’s policy planning and program review staff. He was a Congressional Adviser to the United States Mission to the United Nations. He also held senior positions at Webster Bank and at Cigna, Aetna, and Tenneco.

Hugh Roome III, A74, AG74, F77, F80, F80, A11P, F15P, A18P

Hugh Roome is executive vice president at Scholastic, Inc., and a member of its management executive committee and chairman of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. While overseeing Scholastic’s magazine division, he published thirty magazines and websites reaching 25 million readers, including The New York Times Upfront, which he created—an award-winning teen newsmagazine. Roome was also publisher of various book imprints, including Nature’s Children, Cornerstones of Freedom, and Enchantment of the World. As president of Scholastic International from 2001 to 2008, he led fifteen overseas companies with revenue of $500 million. Roome was elected to the Tufts Board of Trustees in 2009, and currently chairs the university’s Audit, Risk, and Compliance Committee. He is author of two biographies for children and was inducted into the Publishers’ Hall of Fame.

Reeta Roy, F89

Reeta Roy is president and CEO of the Mastercard Foundation. With $30 billion in assets, the Mastercard Foundation seeks to build a world where all people have the opportunity to learn and prosper. Under Roy’s leadership, the foundation has focused its work in Africa to advance education and financial inclusion across the continent. Its programs have improved the lives of more than 38 million people and their families. Prior to joining the foundation, Roy was the divisional vice president of global citizenship and policy at Abbott and was vice president of the Abbott Fund, its corporate foundation. Before Abbott, she held a number of leadership positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, working on global health policy issues. Prior to joining the private sector, she worked at the United Nations.

Bob Treiber II, E86, EG90, E18P, E20P, EG19P

Bob Treiber co-founded and is president of Boston Engineering, an engineering consulting firm specializing in technology development, innovative product development, and the advanced engineering tools that facilitate their generation. The firm is regularly cited as one of Massachusetts’ top robotics companies. Previously he developed robots for the defense and nuclear industries at Foster-Miller and designed missile guidance and control electronics at Raytheon. At Tufts, Treiber serves on the Electrical Engineering Industry Advisory Board and the Gordon Institute Industry Advisory Board. He is also on the board of directors of the New England Business Association and the National Small Business Association.