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Full text: Bacow's e-mail to Tufts about Madoff

The Hill 12/19/08 5:52 PM

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University President Lawrence Bacow sent this e-mail to the Tufts community about the university's losses from the Madoff scandal. For more on this story, see Ben Gittleson's article on our homepage.

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from: OfficeOfThePresident@tufts.edu
to: presidential-all@elist.tufts.edu
date:
Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 2:28 PM

Dear Friends:

I have promised to keep you informed when the economic news of these extraordinary times has special significance for Tufts.  The news this past week has been dominated by a financial scandal of unprecedented scale and scope.  I am sorry to report that Tufts is one of a growing number of victims of the crimes allegedly committed by Bernard Madoff.

In 2005, the university's Investment Committee authorized an investment with Ascot Partners, which in turn invested the entire sum with Madoff Securities.  We have written off the value of this investment, which totaled $20 million, or slightly less than 2 percent of our endowment. This write-off will not significantly affect our operations.  We will cooperate with any investigations of this fraud and will work to recoup as much of our investment as possible.

It is personally painful for me to communicate this information to you. We deeply appreciate the trust and confidence that each donor places in the university.  We also have an obligation to our students and faculty to manage these resources wisely for their benefit.  You have my word
that we will look closely at our experience in this case so that we can strengthen our investment process for the future.

I will continue to keep you informed as we work our way through these difficult times.  For now, I send all the members of the Tufts community my very best wishes for the holiday season ahead.

Sincerely,

Lawrence S. Bacow
President

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-- Matt Skibinski

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