Tritton to Retire in June 2013

October 9, 2012 - Philadelphia

Thomas R. Tritton has announced that he will retire from his position as president and CEO of the Chemical Heritage Foundation next year. The CHF Board of Directors has formed a committee to lead a global search for Tritton’s successor, to be named by June 30, 2013. 

“I shall leave confident that the organization is well aimed and possessing a bright future,” said Tritton, who became CHF’s second president in June 2007.

CHF achieved significant accomplishments with Tritton at the helm:

  • The Museum at CHF opened to great acclaim;
  • Dozens of new CHF events contributed to public understanding of science;
  • CHF increased the depth and width of its peerless collections, which chart the heritage of chemistry and related sciences;
  • The fellowship program connected to CHF’s Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry became the largest of its kind in the United States; and
  • CHF’s network of friends and supporters expanded in size, energy, and enthusiasm.

“Tom Tritton guided CHF with a steady hand through the worst economic downturn since the 1930s and led CHF to renewed economic health while maintaining all key programs and greatly increasing public outreach,” said Laurie Landeau, chair of CHF’s Board of Directors.  “CHF will begin its fourth decade ready to reach wider audiences with greater vigor because of Tom’s leadership.”

About the Chemical Heritage Foundation

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) fosters an understanding of chemistry’s impact on society. An independent, nonprofit organization, CHF maintains major collections of instruments, fine art, photographs, papers, and books. CHF hosts conferences and lectures, supports research, offers fellowships, and produces educational materials. CHF’s museum and public programs explore subjects ranging from alchemy to nanotechnology. 


Neil Gussman
Chemical Heritage Foundation


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