Mark S. Wrighton, who has been appointed chair of the Saint Louis Science Center’s board of commissioners, is a distinguished academic with over 40 years of experience in photochemistry, surface chemistry and electrochemistry. As chancellor emeritus and the James and Mary Wertsch Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, he has dedicated his career to advancing scientific knowledge and making it accessible to the public through education and research.
The Science Center is a nonprofit science museum located in St. Louis that aims to make science, technology, engineering and math accessible to everyone through interactive experiences. With its focus on engaging visitors from all walks of life, the Science Center attracts nearly half a million visitors each year, making it one of the largest science centers in the U.S. and abroad.
As chair of the Science Center’s board of commissioners, Wrighton will work closely with the institution’s president on efforts to improve its programming and outreach initiatives. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise in both academia and administration, which will be instrumental in guiding the Science Center forward as it continues its mission to inspire curiosity and innovation among young people across the region.