Andrew Martin appointed 15th chancellor of
Washington University

Andrew D. Martin, the 15th Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis. (Photo: James Byard/Washington University)

“I applaud the selection of Andrew Martin as the next chancellor for Washington University. … We welcome him to AAU and look forward to his contributions to the national discourse about the value of higher education to our nation.”

— Mary Sue Coleman, president emerita, University of Michigan and president, Association of American Universities (AAU)

“Andrew Martin is a very thoughtful academic leader who unites humane values and data science; he has a vision for the next chapter in American higher education that will serve Washington University extremely well. I think he will be a transformative leader in his own mold, but in the tradition of our last two chancellors.”

Douglas B. Dowd, professor of Art & American Culture Studies and chair of the Faculty Senate Council, Washington University

“Andrew Martin has demonstrated extraordinary talent as an academic leader. He cares deeply about the student experience and about ensuring that each student has the opportunity to thrive; to take advantage of all that great universities have to offer; and to leave the university as an educated person with the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century.”

— Martha E. Pollack, president, Cornell University, former provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, University of Michigan

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Martin ‘returning home’ to Washington University

Andrew D. Martin, dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan, has been appointed chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis, effective June 1, 2019, according to Craig D. Schnuck, chair of the university’s Board of Trustees and chairman emeritus of Schnuck Markets Inc.

Martin was elected by a unanimous vote at a special meeting of the Board held July 14 at the university. He will succeed Mark S. Wrighton, who has served as chancellor since 1995 and announced last year his intention to conclude his term in 2019.

“After a comprehensive global search that produced a slate of highly qualified final candidates, I can say with confidence that we have found the ideal person to pick up the mantle of leadership at Washington University,” said Schnuck, who served as chair of the 20-member chancellor search committee.

Martin, 45, earned his doctorate in political science from Washington University in 1998, and was a member of the university’s faculty for 14 years, most recently serving as the Charles Nagel Chair of Constitutional Law and Political Science. He served as founding director of the Center for Empirical Research in the Law from 2006 to 2014, as chair of the Department of Political Science in Arts & Sciences from 2007 to 2011, and as vice dean in the School of Law from 2012 to 2014, when he left to assume his current role at Michigan.

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