William Meserve (A’62; AP’91; GP’92; JP’95; AP’02)


Bill Meserve is a retired partner from the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray, where he served for a time as head of the firm’s litigation group. Prior to that he worked as a staff counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce. Bill served for eighteen years as a Trustee of Tufts and is now a Trustee Emeritus. He served for over thirty years on the Board of Visitors to the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, was a Trustee and Governor of the New England Medical Center (now Tufts Medical Center), is a Trustee and former Board Chair of AFS Intercultural Programs (an international student exchange program) and its U.S. affiliate, AFS-USA, was Board Chair for about ten years of Earthwatch Institute and is a Director and former Board Chair of United South End Settlements (a large social service agency in Boston) among many other non-profit activities.  Bill has traveled extensively around the world and has spent significant time on all seven continents as well as the world’s largest island (Greenland). He has lived in a tent or under the stars for about a year of his life and has a glacier named for him in the Antarctic. In his youth, he twice hitchhiked across the U.S. He is a graduate of Tufts, Harvard Law School and the London School of Economics.


“I have been on the IGL Advisory Board for over ten years and regard it as one of the most exciting and innovative educational programs with which I have ever been associated. Its transformative impact on many bright and motivated students is remarkable as are their subsequent careers as leaders in a wide range of activities from governmental and non-governmental organizations to positions in academe and the private, for profit sector. The programs of the IGL challenge its participants intellectually, teach them to question, analyze and “think beyond [the] boundaries” of prior beliefs and ideologies, expose them to different cultures and countries around the world, and build the self-confidence necessary to address seemingly intractable challenges throughout their lives. Its impact is truly extraordinary.”