Chemical Heritage Foundation Names Thomas R. Tritton President Tritton, currently President of Haverford College, will be the 2nd

president of CHF beginning January 1, 2008, after a semester at Harvard

University

Founder and President Arnold Thackray will assume a new role as chancellor

at CHF



    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
 1997-2007.
     "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
 Athletic Center.
     "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
 Independence Hall.
     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.
     Contact:
     Neil Gussman, Communications Manager
     Chemical Heritage Foundation
     Phone:  717-314-2494
     email:  neilg@chemheritage.org
 
                                Media Resources
     Tritton photo:  http://www.haverford.edu/publicrelations/tritton.jpg
 
     Video Soundbite links you can add to your web site coverage:
     Tritton on Haverford:
     http://www.haverford.edu/publicrelations/trittonhaverford.wmv
     Tritton on Harvard:
     http://www.haverford.edu/publicrelations/trittonharvard.wmv
     Tritton on CHF:  http://www.haverford.edu/publicrelations/trittonCHF.wmv
 
 

SOURCE Chemical Heritage Foundation

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