Farewell to Maria Tringale

After 27 years of service to TUSDM, Maria Gove Tringale, Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations, left Tufts on July 10 to accept a new position as Vice President for Individual and Corporate Giving at United Way of Massachusetts Bay.

 Dean Huw Thomas, Maria Tringale and Executive Associate Dean Mark Gonthier

“I hadn’t really considered exploring opportunities outside of Tufts – much less a move out of education,” Tringale said. “But this new position at United Way complements my experience at Tufts in all phases of advancement and management. And it will give me a chance to make a different kind of impact through my work and the good deeds of its agencies.”

Tringale came to Tufts in 1987 when she joined what was then called Health Science Alumni Relations, working with the dental school as well as the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She became Director in 1989, and moved to Director of Tufts Dental Fund and Alumni Relations in 1998. During her time at Tufts, she worked to grow the Tufts Dental Fund to break the school’s $1 million mark for the first time, secured the largest gifts in the school’s history during the Beyond Boundaries campaign, and led fundraising during the vertical expansion project.
“Maria’s devotion to TUSDM has transformed the school, and touched the lives of students, faculty, staff, and alumni,” Dean Huw Thomas said. “Her rapport, or, as I like to say, her ‘street cred,’ with alumni has cultivated unprecedented philanthropy and engagement for the school.”

Tringale also created significant partnerships with the corporate world. Nobel Biocare made a commitment of nearly $8 million throughout the Vertical Expansion initiative campaign as well as for educational and research support. Delta Dental of Massachusetts gave $5 million to endow the Delta Dental Professorship in Public Health and Community Service, as well as funds to support expanding the paperless records systems to our clinics for special needs statewide. Throughout her time at Tufts she created a strong volunteer culture among the alumni, which could be seen in the Dental Fund, the Alumni Relations and Campaign Committee, and the annual Toast to Tufts event.

Tringale said that she will miss her colleagues in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. “They are committed to continuing the traditions and expanding the program as they prepare for the next campaign,” she said. “There is nothing they cannot do!”

The dental school held a farewell party on July 2 in the Alumni Lounge, where friends and colleagues had a chance to say goodbye, and Tringale had the opportunity to reflect on TUSDM’s future.

“There is a great foundation to build on,” she said. “I’m most pleased with the supportive community that we have all built together – we care about our school, our university and about each other. As a result, great things will continue to take place that we can all be proud of.”