A boundary-breaking public intellectual whose work in the humanities and higher education has sparked lively debates in the academic and non-profit communities.

Leadership in Higher Education

Trombley has served as president of four educational institutions and chair of the prestigious J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.


Widely recognized as a preeminent Mark Twain scholar, Trombley has authored five books and received numerous awards for her work.

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Environmental Stewardship

Trombley has led groundbreaking sustainability initiatives and successful collaborations with environmental advocates such as Robert Redford.

Public Scholarship

A gifted researcher and writer, Trombley engages the public in meaningful conversations on some of today’s most pressing issues.