Senior Vice President for University Advancement

Eric Johnson is senior vice president for University Advancement, overseeing the university’s fundraising, alumni relations, advancement administration, and donor relations functions across Tufts’ undergraduate colleges as well as its graduate and professional schools. He is currently leading the university’s Brighter World campaign, the most ambitious campaign in Tufts’ history. Eric previously served as executive director of development, in addition to acting as principal-gift officer, working with the president and other senior administrators on leadership gifts to the university. He played a key role in the success of Tufts’ $1.2 billion Beyond Boundaries campaign, which was completed in 2011. Eric has 34 years of fundraising experience, 30 of them at Tufts, where he began his career as a major-gift officer in the School of Arts and Sciences. He has worked as director of development for the School of Arts and Sciences, deputy director of development for the university, and director of principal and leadership gifts. Eric helped develop the President's Marathon Challenge in 2003, the year he ran his first marathon. Since then, he has stayed active in the program and has run 45 marathons to date. His parents are both Tufts alumni from the class of 1954. Eric holds a B.A. in political science from George Washington University.