President Laura Skandera Trombley
Laura Skandera Trombley became the fifth president of Pitzer College in July 2002. Under her leadership, the College has experienced an unprecedented rise in worldwide recognition, moving up from #70 to #35 in U.S.News and World Report rankings. In 2012, Pitzer was named the 20th most selective higher education institution in the country. Nationally, the College has been the leader in Fulbright Fellowships per 1,000 students for 10 of the last 11 years and is known as an innovator in academic programing, including the new Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability. Trombley has shepherded the transformation of Pitzer’s campus with the construction of eight mixed-use residential buildings that have earned LEED Platinum or Gold certification. In December 2012, President Barack Obama named Trombley to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. A noted Mark Twain scholar, Trombley is the author of five books, most recently, Mark Twain's Other Woman. Trombley earned her BA and MA at Pepperdine University and her PhD from USC. In 2002, Pepperdine named her one of its Accomplished Alumni. Trombley received an honorary doctorate from Pepperdine and delivered the commencement address for the university’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology in 2013. In 2013, she summited Mt. Whitney after hiking 190 miles on the John Muir Trail with a group of Pitzer students, faculty, alumni and family members.