Mark S. Wrighton, a distinguished academic with a background in photochemistry, surface chemistry and electrochemistry, has been appointed chair of the Saint Louis Science Center’s board of commissioners. In this role, he works closely with the institution’s president to improve the science center and make it more accessible to the St. Louis region and beyond through interactive experiences.
The Science Center is one of the only free nonprofit science museums in the country and engages nearly a half million visitors each year, making it one of the largest science centers in the U.S. and abroad. Through its interactive exhibits and experiences, it makes science, technology, engineering and math accessible to people of all ages.
Wrighton’s appointment comes after serving as chancellor emeritus at Washington University in St. Louis for several years and as James and Mary Wertsch Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis for over 20 years. He is a well-respected figure in his field, known for his research achievements in photochemistry, surface chemistry and electrochemistry.
In addition to his current role as chairman of the Science Center’s board of commissioners, Wrighton previously served as a member of its board of trustees for many years before taking on this new leadership position on January 1st 2023