The Wrighton years by the numbers

Chancellor Wrighton at the 157th Commencement
Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton's work has had a major impact on the university. Here we break it down by the numbers. James Byard/Washington University

A look at Mark Wrighton’s impact on Washington University by the numbers

  • 14th Chancellor
  • 4 Nobel Prize Winners
  • 1,459 Endowed Scholarships Created
  • Oversaw two campaigns, which together raised nearly $5,000,000,000
  • Conferred more than 85,000 degrees, including nearly 40,000 bachelor’s and more than 15,000 doctoral degrees.
  • 12 — Number of times Mark Wrighton has done “The Dancellor”
  • Doubled the number of nationalities represented on campus
  • 363 endowed positions, including 4 deanships, created
  • Added 35 buildings, more than 3 million square feet, to the Danforth Campus, doubling its size.. with NO increase in energy use!
  • Added 23 buildings to the Medical Campus equaling 5.1 million square feet
  • 12 students selected as Rhodes Scholars
  • Federal research grants increased by $310 million
  • 13 total number of double-breasted suits and sports coats Chancellor Wrighton owns.
  • Increased financial aid endowment by $733 million
  • Increased annual undergraduate applications three-fold (from 9,379 in 1995 to 30,463 in 2017)

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