Holden Thorp

Holden Thorp
Placed Leader

Holden Thorp

Editor-in-Chief
Science Family of Journals

November 10, 2019

Koya is delighted to have placed Holden Thorp as Editor-in-Chief of the Science Family of Journals, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Thorp is the 21st editor-in-chief of Science since the journal’s inception in 1880.

Holden Thorp joins Science from Washington University where he was the Rita Levi-Montalcini Distinguished University Professor. Thorp held faculty appointments in both chemistry and medicine, and served as Washington University’s provost from 2013 until concluding his term in July, 2019. During his tenure as provost, he led the university’s academic enterprise through a period of growth in several key areas, including efforts to increase socioeconomic diversity and changes to the undergraduate admissions process, which led to an academically stronger and more diverse student body. He also was instrumental in furthering the university’s prominence as an institution that drives innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the St. Louis region.

Prior to joining Washington University, Thorp spent three decades at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served as its 10th chancellor from 2008 through 2013.

A native of the state, Thorp earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with highest honors in from the University of North Carolina. He earned a doctorate in chemistry at the California Institute of Technology and completed postdoctoral work at Yale University. He holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from North Carolina Wesleyan College and is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.


Read the press release: Holden Thorp Named Editor-in-Chief of the Science Family of Journals.