Dr. Laura Skandera Trombley is the University of Bridgeport’s 10th president and Trustee Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the College of Arts & Sciences. At the University of Bridgeport, she is leading transformational, student-centered change that recently led to its recognition by Money magazine as one of “Money’s Best Universities” in 2019.
Under her leadership, for the first time, U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) ranked the University of Bridgeport among the top 381 national universities; the 39th most ethnically diverse national university in the country; and among the top performers on social mobility among national universities. The University also ranks among the top undergraduate engineering programs in the country.
Dr. Trombley is president emerita of Pitzer College, where she served for 13 years, and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Previously, she served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Dr. Trombley is the author of five books and is widely recognized as one of the most distinguished Mark Twain Scholars in the world. She is the recipient of many awards for her scholarship, including The Mark Twain Journal recognized Dr. Trombley as a Legacy Scholar in spring 2019 for her efforts in rehabilitating the intellectual reputations of the women who surrounded Mark Twain. In 2017, she won the Louis J. Budd Award for her contributions to Mark Twain studies.
Dr. Trombley graduated summa cum laude with a Master of Arts in English from Pepperdine University. She received her doctorate in English from the University of Southern California.