Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton received the Right Arm of St. Louis Award from the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA) Jan. 21, 2010, at the 173rd RCGA annual meeting and dinner at the Chase Park Plaza.
The Right Arm of St. Louis Award was first awarded in 1975 and is presented annually by the RCGA to a person or persons who have made outstanding contributions to the St. Louis region. It is the RCGA’s most prestigious honor.
During Wrighton’s tenure as chancellor, Washington University has had more than a twofold increase in undergraduate applications. The University also has become a leader in both St. Louis and the world in improving the quality of people’s lives through educational, environmental and science initiatives.
“It is a real privilege for me to receive this honor from the RCGA on behalf of the University,” Wrighton said. “Washington University is one of many institutions that makes St. Louis a wonderful region. I owe this recognition to the many talented students, faculty, staff and alumni who have contributed to the success of the University in building a stronger St. Louis community during my tenure here.”
The RCGA connects business and civic communities in the 16-county, bistate St. Louis region. It serves as the regional chamber of commerce for more than 4,000 member companies and as the region’s leading economic development organization.
A cover story of Wrighton appeared in the January issue of St. Louis Commerce Magazine, and a RCGA-produced video of the chancellor was recently released as well.