Higher Education Leadership

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

Southwestern University

Trombley began her tenure as the 16th president of Southwestern University on July 1, 2020. She is the first woman to hold the top leadership position at Texas’ oldest university.

Southwestern University campus with the Cullen Building foreground
The University of Bridgeport

University of Bridgeport

As the 10th president of the University of Bridgeport, Trombley led transformational change initiatives that brought the institution back from the brink of financial collapse.

Pitzer College

Trombley served 13 years as president of Pitzer College, which experienced an unprecedented rise in the rankings and a dramatic increase in selectivity under her leadership.

Pitzer College Campus
The Huntington Library

The Huntington Library

As president of The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, Trombley set new records in both attendance and revenue while advancing the organization’s mission.

J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board

In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Trombley to the 12-member J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. She later served as chair during the program’s 70th anniversary year.

President Kennedy signs the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961