P. Roy Vagelos, C’50, PAR’90, HON’99, and Diana T. Vagelos, PAR’90

P. Roy Vagelos, a chemistry major who graduated from Penn in 1950 before going on to receive a medical degree from Columbia University, is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Merck & Co. He currently serves as chairman of the board at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Vagelos served as chair of the University’s Board of Trustees from 1995 to 1999, and he is a former member of the Penn Arts & Sciences’ Board of Advisors and the former chair of the Committee for Undergraduate Financial Aid. Diana T. Vagelos served on the Penn Museum Board of Advisors.

The Vageloses’ longtime support of Penn Arts & Sciences includes the Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology, the Vagelos Professorships in Energy Research, VIPER, and several other science-related programs, undergraduate scholarships, and endowed professorships. They most recently made a gift of $50 million to Penn Arts & Sciences for a new science center to house researchers focused on energy science. The new building will be named in their honor and will be located at 32nd and Walnut Streets.

Named Professors

David Christianson, Roy and Diana Vagelos Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Ivan Dmochowski, Alan MacDiarmid Term Professor of Chemistry

Karen Goldberg, Vagelos Professor in Energy Research

Ponzy Lu, Roy and Diana Vagelos Director of the Vagelos Scholars Program in Molecular Life Sciences

Thomas Mallouk, Vagelos Professor in Energy Research

Virgil Percec, P. Roy Vagelos Professor of Chemistry