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Year 2020

Welcoming New Member

January 24, 2020
IWFCT is pleased to welcome Laura Skandera Trombley as one of our new members. 

Laura is the President of the University of Bridgeport.  She is president emerita of Pitzer College and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Previously, she served as vice president for academic affairs at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A preeminent Mark Twain scholar, she has coupled impassioned advocacy for the humanities with deft and strategic leadership to transform some of the country’s most important cultural and academic institutions.  Laura is also a consultant to the Libra Foundation, a private foundation with $260 million in endowments, and the Harrington-Schiff Foundation. It supports nonprofits working in the areas of community-based health, the environment, arts, and culture.

Laura is "leading the University’s efforts to assert its value in uniquely combining career-oriented education with a strong tradition of local, regional, and international recruiting".

Laura has a Bachelor of Arts in English/Humanities and her Masters of Arts in English from Pepperdine University. She received her PhD in English from the University of Southern California as a Virginia Barbara Middleton Scholar and a recipient of the Lester and Irene Finkelstein Fellowship for Outstanding Humanities Student.

Additional information on Laura's background can be found at the following link