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Edward Macias

Board Member

Edward Macias is provost emeritus and the Barbara and David Thomas Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences for Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as chief academic officer for 25 years, before stepping down from his position as provost and executive vice chancellor in June 2013. Following his tenure as provost, Macias was tapped to lead Washington University’s effort to explore its approach to online education and to leverage advances in education technology to enhance its reach and impact. He joined the Arts & Sciences faculty in 1970 as an assistant professor of chemistry and became a full professor in 1984. In the 1980s, he added administrative roles to his full-time teaching and research, serving as the director of the Summer School program and chair of the Department of Chemistry. He was appointed provost in 1988, and in 1995 was named executive vice chancellor and dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences. He stepped down as dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences in June 2008. Widely recognized as an academic leader, Macias has been called upon to assist national and governmental institutions including the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, where he chaired the Committee on Nuclear and Radiochemistry. He also regularly serves on accreditation and review teams at other universities in the United States. Macias holds a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.