In early December, Laura Skandera Trombley was named as the eighth president of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. She will begin her term on July 1, 2015, replacing long-time president Steven Koblik. Trombey comes to Huntington from Pitzer College in Claremont, where she was president for 13 years and was lauded for her work in fundraising, increasing financial aid, and decreasing student debt. Pitzer’s endowment also increased 200 percent under Trombley’s leadership.
She is an expert on Mark Twain, and has written two books about how women influenced the famous American writer’s life. She is an active leader in the Los Angeles area and has been appointed by President Obama as a member of the William J. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Trombley entered college as a freshman at 16 years old and earned her bachelor’s and master’s in English and Humanities from Pepperdine University. She then got her Ph.D. in English from USC.
Laura Skandera Trombley, incoming president of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. She will assume the office on July 1, 2015. Formerly the president of Pitzer College in Claremont, CA.