Holden Thorp, PhD, chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and a highly respected research scientist and academic leader, will become provost of Washington University in St. Louis on July 1, according to Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton.
He will succeed Edward S. Macias, PhD, who has served as chief academic officer for the past 25 years. Macias announced in September that he would step down from his position as provost and executive vice chancellor at the end of the academic year, on June 30, 2013.
“Holden Thorp is one of America’s most highly respected leaders in higher education,” says Wrighton. “He is a great scientist with an excellent track record of achievement and a reputation for his commitment to student success, academic excellence and professional integrity. He is an entrepreneur who has founded two companies and understands the importance of innovation and technology transfer.