Tufts University, recognizing the importance of community involvement in successful campus growth management, is convening and supporting a Grafton Community Advisory Group (GCAG) for regular public discussion of all matters of concern between the school and the Grafton community. It will be Tufts' key connection to its neighbors, creating a more open and regular opportunity for open dialogue between the campus and community, as well as a more effective way to get information from Tufts to interested neighbors. It is intended to provide a frequent, regular opportunity for Cummings School administration to inform the community about the school’s activities, and for area residents with diverse perspectives to convey concerns and input. It will help the veterinary school administration to more effectively reach out and remain a good neighbor to those around the Grafton campus.
The GCAG is comprised of Grafton residents, municipal officials, civic leaders, and Cummings School representatives. The GCAG is a relatively informal advisory group that meets three times a year and is open to anyone who would like to attend. Group meetings are co-chaired by one representative from the school and one from Grafton.
GCAG provides a forum for review and comments on the school’s programs, building plans, master plan and economic development activities. For example, the GCAG is the first tier of review and comment on the school’s implementation of its Grafton campus master plan. The group keeps apprised of – and offers comments and advice concerning – master plan permitting, project plan reviews, construction activities, and economic development. Group members play a key role as conduits between their respective communities and the veterinary school, helping ensure that the community is involved with, and informed about, a wide variety of Tufts activities, issues and plans.
|Community Officials and Residents|
|Timothy McInerney||Grafton Town Administrator|
|Doug Willardson||Grafton Assistant Town Administrator|
|James Cummings||Grafton Public Schools Superintendent|
|Matt Pearson||Grafton Water District Manager|
|John Stephens||Grafton Historic Commission Member|
|Gail McGrail||Grafton Resident|
|Philip Dumas||Grafton Board of Health Member|
|John Carlson||Grafton Resident|
|Michael Gauthier||Grafton Fire Chief|
|Kimberly D'Aiello||IDEXX Corp./Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Member|
|Alden Harris II||Washington Mills|
|Joe Laydon||Grafton Town Planner|
|Normand Crepeau, Jr.||Grafton Police Chief|
|Paul Cournoyer||Grafton Sewer Department Superintendent|
|Eric Overstrom||Grafton Resident|
|Daniel Crossin||Homefield Credit Union|
|Donna Blanchard||Apple Tree Arts Executive Director|
|Brian Szczurko||Grafton Public Works Department Engineering Assistant|
|Jeff Cloutier||State Street Corporation Global Security|
|Elias Hanna||Member, Grafton Board of Zoning Appeals|
|Michael Scully||Grafton Economic Development Commission Chairman|
|Colleen Lanza||Grafton Job Corps Executive Director|
|Lloyd Hamm||Homefield Credit Union President & CEO|
|Tufts Liaison Representatives|
|Joe McManus||Executive Associate Dean|
|Lois Wetmore||Cummings School Faculty Member and Grafton Resident|
|Cyndie Webster||Cummings School Faculty Member and Grafton Resident|
|Jean Poteete||Senior Campus Planner|
|Industry Sector Representative|
|Kevin O’Sullivan||Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives CEO|
Meetings are held at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in the Kohnstamm Conference Room #106 in the Jean Mayer Administration Building.
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