A Trend in the Making?

First, Nancy Y. Bekavac (1990). Then, Marilyn Chapin Massey (Pitzer, 1991), followed by Pamela Gann (CMC, 1999). In 2001, Brenda Barham Hill (Claremont University Consortium). Now, Laura Skandera Trombley prepares to take the helm as president of Pitzer College, on July 2002, replacing Massey. Skandera Trombley will become the fifth woman to head a Claremont college or the consortium.

Skandera Trombley is currently chief academic officer at Coe College, a private liberal arts college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A noted Mark Twain scholar, she has published three books, including Mark Twain in the Company of Women (1994). Her fourth book, Constructing Mark Twain: New Directions in Scholarship, will be published in 2002. Skandera Trombley holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Pepperdine University and a Ph.D. degree in English from the University of Southern California.