Edward S. Macias became Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on January 1, 2009. Provost Macias has been at Washington University since 1970 when he joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry in Arts & Sciences. He has held various positions including professor and department chair of chemistry, director of the summer school, and Dean of Arts & Sciences. In 2004, he was named the Barbara and David Thomas Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences.
Dr. Macias earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Colgate University and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a thesis on Nuclear and Atomic Structure. The author of two books and over 90 articles, Provost Macias' research interests include environmental and nuclear chemistry focusing on the chemistry and physics of atmospheric particles and the effect of these particles on haze and air pollution. He serves as a member of The Center for Research Libraries Board and on the Shakespeare Board of St. Louis, in addition to other volunteer work.