PHILADELPHIA, June 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thomas R. Tritton,
Ph.D will become president of the Chemical Heritage Foundation ("CHF")
effective January 1, 2008. He will be only the second president of CHF,
succeeding Dr. Arnold Thackray, who founded the organization in
Philadelphia 25 years ago and will continue with CHF in the new role of
chancellor. Tritton served as 12th president of Haverford College from
"I am enormously excited to be returning to my roots as a scientist,"
says Dr. Tritton. "My life has been devoted to education and the CHF
position offers a new way to continue that calling in directions that are
both original and challenging."
Tritton was selected following a worldwide search for someone with both
scholarly and entrepreneurial talents, who combines a passion for the long
sweep of chemistry and molecular sciences with the drive to build and
sustain a successful enterprise.
"Scientist, scholar, inspiring leader, Tom Tritton is the right person
at the right time for CHF," said Vincent Calarco, chairman, CHF Board of
Directors. "His passion for chemistry, his energy, his leadership will help
CHF achieve its ambitious goals as a global organization devoted to science
history and education."
Dr. Tritton's excitement about assuming the presidency of CHF is
evidenced in his words, "CHF's world class scientific collections and
holdings provide an outstanding resource for scholars and a natural linkage
to both the humanities and to the social sciences. Additionally, the work
on science education, outreach, and public policy offers distinctive
contributions to contemporary questions and societal needs."
Before assuming the CHF presidency, Tritton will spend the fall
semester at Harvard University, where he will hold the title of "President
in Residence" at the Graduate School of Education. He will work with
graduate students in higher education, write and teach about leadership and
the college presidency, and also design a new course on "Social Justice."
Under his leadership, Haverford saw its endowment increase by more than
$250 million as it developed innovative forums for learning such as its
Center for Peace and Global Citizenship and the John B. Hurford '60
Humanities Center. He also oversaw construction of the state-of-the-art
Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center as well as a
world-class athletic facility, The Douglas B. Gardner '83 Integrated
"My ten years at Haverford were wonderful in every way. I depart
confident that the College is well positioned to continue its traditions of
high academic excellence and connecting one's knowledge to doing good in
the world", said Dr. Tritton.
Located 10 miles outside of Philadelphia, Haverford College is the
oldest institution of higher learning in North America with Quaker roots
and one of the country's leading liberal arts colleges. Currently, 1200
students attend Haverford, hailing from all regions of the United States
and from 53 countries. Thirty percent are students of color. Haverford
employs 112 full- time faculty members, and has a student/faculty ratio of
10 to 1. The College boasts nationally renowned programs in the liberal
arts curriculum. Many alumni hold positions of leadership in the corporate,
nonprofit, professional and public sectors.
Today, CHF enjoys the endorsement and support of more than thirty
affiliated organizations; its 60 staff members work out of offices in the
historic Society Hill section of Philadelphia, just two blocks from
CHF serves the community of the chemical and molecular sciences and the
wider public by treasuring the past, educating the present, and inspiring
the future. In fulfillment of this mission, CHF maintains a world-class
collection of materials and works of art that document the history and
heritage of the chemical and molecular sciences, technologies and
industries; encourages research in CHF collections on topics of strategic
interest to CHF; and carries out a program of outreach and interpretation
in order to advance an understanding of the role of the chemical and
molecular sciences, technologies and industries in shaping society.
Neil Gussman, Communications Manager
Chemical Heritage Foundation
Tritton photo: http://www.haverford.edu/publicrelations/tritton.jpg
Video Soundbite links you can add to your web site coverage:
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Tritton on CHF: http://www.haverford.edu/publicrelations/trittonCHF.wmv
SOURCE Chemical Heritage Foundation