The Science History Institute Announces New Board Chair Richard J. Bolte Jr.

The Science History Institute announces the election of Richard J. Bolte Jr. as the new chair of its board of directors, effective July 1, 2018.

The Science History Institute announces the election of Richard J. Bolte Jr. as the new chair of its board of directors, effective July 1, 2018. Bolte, the chair and CEO of BDP International, joined the Institute’s board in 2010. He replaces Laurie J. Landeau, who will be retiring from the board after serving as a member for 13 years and chair for 6 years.

“We are honored to have Rich in this new role,” said Robert G. W. Anderson, president of the Institute. “He has demonstrated incredible leadership since he joined the board, and his integrity and business acumen will make him invaluable as chair.”

As a member of the Institute’s board of directors, Bolte helped guide the organization through its merger with the Life Sciences Foundation and its recent rebranding, acquisition of major collections items, and hiring of several key senior leadership positions. Since 2006 Bolte and his family have also supported the Institute through the Richard J. Bolte Sr. Award for Supporting Industries, which honors those who provide products or services vital to the continuing growth and development of the chemical and molecular sciences community.

“I am thrilled to be elected chair of the Institute’s board of directors,” said Bolte. “The organization serves an important role in the community by preserving the history of science and industry. I am excited to guide the organization forward in its mission.”

Bolte joined BDP International in 1973, became CEO in 2006, and chair in 2013. He has served the company for more than 45 years in positions covering a broad range of the firm’s operations in global logistics and transportation. His experience at BDP centered on ocean exports and supply chain management, with particular emphasis on company operations. Bolte previously served at BDP International as vice president for the Northeast Region, chief operating officer, and president. He is a board member of the National Committee for International Trade and a past president of the World Trade Association of Philadelphia.

In his new role at the Science History Institute, Bolte will act as a liaison between management and the board and will provide counsel to the president, among other duties.

About the Science History Institute

Formed by the merger of the Chemical Heritage Foundation and the Life Sciences Foundation, the Science History Institute collects and shares the stories of innovators and of discoveries that shape our lives. We preserve and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences. Headquartered in Philadelphia, with offices in California and Europe, the Institute houses an archive and a library for historians and researchers, a fellowship program for visiting scholars from around the globe, a community of researchers who examine historical and contemporary issues, an acclaimed museum that is free and open to the public, and a state-of-the-art conference center.


June 28, 2018