Holden Thorp

Provost, Washington University in St. Louis

Holden Thorp, Ph.D., became Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Washington University on July 1, 2013. He holds appointments in the Department of Medicine at the School of Medicine as well as in the Department of Chemistry in Arts & Sciences.

Thorp joined the university after spending three decades at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he served as the 10th chancellor from 2008 through 2013.

Thorp began his academic career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a B.S. in chemistry. He received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and completed post-doctoral work at Yale University. He holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from North Carolina Wesleyan College.

Thorp co-founded Viamet Pharmaceuticals, which has drugs in clinical trials for prostate cancer and fungal disease. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Board of Directors of the College Advising Corps, and the Rework America Task Force.

Thorp teaches classes in higher education administration and teamwork in music and science. He is the co-author with Buck Goldstein of Engines of Innovation and the forthcoming Our Higher Calling: Rebuilding the Partnership Between America and its Colleges and Universities from UNC Press.

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