Mark S. Wrighton, who has extensive experience in both academia and research, has been appointed chair of the Saint Louis Science Center’s board of commissioners. Wrighton is a former chancellor emeritus and James and Mary Wertsch Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, where he worked closely with the president of the university on efforts to improve the institution.
The Saint Louis Science Center is dedicated to making science, technology, engineering, and math accessible to people in the St. Louis region and beyond through interactive experiences. It is one of only a few free nonprofit science museums in the country and attracts nearly half a million visitors each year, making it one of the largest science centers in the U.S. and abroad.
Wrighton’s background before university administration included research achievements in photochemistry, surface chemistry, and electrochemistry. He previously served as a member of the Science Center’s board of commissioners and for many years as a member of its board of trustees. In his new role as chair of the board of commissioners, Wrighton will work closely with the president of the Science Center on efforts to improve the institution and make it even more accessible to people across all ages and backgrounds.