ST. LOUIS (KTRS) Washington University Chancellor Mark Wrighton has announced his plan to retire as second-longest serving chancellor in campus history in 2019. Wrighton, who has served 22 years as Washington U chancellor, shared the news with the university’s Board of Trustees at its fall meeting Friday. The chair of the Board of Trustees, Craig Schnuck, says the university will conduct a global search for Wrighton’s successor.
Wrighton has led the university through two major capital campaigns, including the current Leading Together: The Campaign for Washington University, a $2.5 billion effort that will conclude in 2018. Wrighton also has been named Citizen of the Year by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 2007, and as Humanitarian of the Year by the Eastern Missouri Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation in 2000. The St. Louis Regional Chamber honored him with the Right Arm of St. Louis Award in 2010.