Washington University in St. Louis is a leader in a variety of fields through our path-breaking research and exceptional academics.

The university is led by Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton, Provost Holden Thorp, the Board of Trustees and the University Council. All the university’s leaders share Chancellor Wrighton’s vision that Washington University is one of the world’s top research and teaching universities.

Throughout its century and a half, only 14 chancellors have led Washington University.


Mark S. Wrighton, Chancellor

As the university’s chief executive officer, Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton leads approximately 13,000 faculty and staff, and 13,000 students. He also oversees the university’s total operating budget of $1.8 billion.


Holden Thorp, Provost

Provost Holden Thorp works to improve the university community by establishing university-wide initiatives for curriculum, diversity and global outreach. As chief academic officer, the provost oversees teaching, learning, scholarship and research across the university.

Board of Trustees

Led by Chair Craig D. Schnuck and composed of 50 leaders from various professions, Board of Trustees members work in committees and serve as the chief governing body of the university.

University Council

The university’s senior leadership advises the chancellor and is composed of divisional academic deans and leaders from Alumni & Development Programs, the Office of the General Counsel, the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.