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The Science History Institute is led by president and CEO David Cole, who works closely with the Board of Directors, Board of Overseers, Heritage Council, and senior leadership to fulfill the Institute’s commitment to making our scientific past accessible to all.

David Cole
President and CEO

David Cole began his tenure as the Institute’s president and CEO in May 2020. He was previously the executive director of the Hagley Museum and Library and also served as the vice president for advancement, communications, and public education at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.


Richard J. Bolte Jr.
Chair, Board of Directors

Richard J. Bolte Jr. is chair of the Institute’s Board of Directors, serving as a liaison with management and providing counsel to the president. Bolte, who is chairman and CEO of global logistics and tranporation services company BDP International, was elected as board chair on July 1, 2018.