Executive Director of University Advancement

Jo Wellins is executive director of University Advancement. In this role, she oversees the work of the senior directors of development and alumni relations of Tufts' professional and graduate schools (Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, School of Medicine), and the senior director of Principal Gifts and University Initiatives. Her portfolio includes a focus on strategies and programs to engage the university’s key donors—both domestically and internationally. Prior to assuming this position, Wellins served in roles of increasing responsibility at Tufts, most recently as deputy director during the $1.2 billion Beyond Boundaries campaignparticipating as a member of the campaign planning team. Her career in fundraising spans 40 years and includes holding leadership roles in public radio stations, and corporate fundraising for national programming produced by WGBH Boston. Wellins received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.