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Wash U’s new leader comes home

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For only the second time in its 165-year history, Washington University in St. Louis will be led by one of its own.

Andrew D. Martin will become the university’s 15th chancellor in June 2019, the board of trustees announced after a special meeting Saturday.

Martin, dean of the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts since 2014, earned his doctorate in political science from Washington U. in 1998 and spent 14 years there as a professor and administrator.

“We had four excellent finalists, and we picked Andrew because he was the most outstanding,” said Craig Schnuck, chair of the university’s board of trustees and the 20-member chancellor search committee. “He is a highly regarded academic, he is a proven and capable administrator, he has a strong focus on diversity and inclusion. His priorities match the priorities of the university.”

Martin will replace Mark Wrighton, who became chancellor in 1995 and announced his retirement last year.

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