Global Conference 2019

Speaker's Biography

Holden Thorp

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, 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 developed oteseconazole, now in Phase 3 clinical trials. 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 Our Higher Calling: Rebuilding the Partnership Between America and its Colleges and Universities from UNC Press.

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