Lara Tiedens began her tenure as president of Scripps College on August 1, 2016, assuming the title of the W.M. Keck Presidential Chair. In her first year at Scripps, President Tiedens has implemented initiatives to promote innovative pedagogy, ensure a holistic student experience, cultivate a diverse and inclusive community, and forge strategic partnerships to amplify Scripps’ impact and influence the advancement of women in society at large. Her early successes have included increasing the financial aid budget to expand support for underserved students, launching a strategic planning process to achieve the College’s goals as a national leader in liberal arts and women’s education, and leading conversations to strengthen the Scripps community through curiosity, compassion, and dialogue.
President Tiedens has spent more than 20 years building high-performing leaders, teams, and organizations in elite, higher-education institutions.
Before becoming president of Scripps, she was a senior associate dean of academic affairs and faculty member in the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where she oversaw key educational and administrative functions, including the PhD program, executive education, and the Global Innovation Program. An expert in leadership development, President Tiedens was also the Morgan Stanley Director of Stanford University’s Center for Leadership Development and Research, and she designed the leadership curriculum for the Stanford Graduate School of Business and led other Stanford leadership initiatives.
Her personal leadership development includes completion of the Stanford Leadership Academy and the Women Leaders of Stanford University Program. President Tiedens has been recognized by her peers for her scholarship and contributions to the field of social psychology. Her research explores the psychological roots of inequality and the role of emotions in organizational life. She has published extensively on these topics and has served on numerous editorial boards. She has earned many awards and honors for teaching, research, and leadership from organizations such as the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.
She has also held several named professorships, including the Spence Faculty Scholar and the Fletcher Jones Faculty Scholar in the Stanford Graduate School of Business. President Tiedens’s career has also been guided by her passion for expanding opportunities for other women. She helped create a Research Fellows program at Stanford University that aims to increase the representation of women and minorities in the academy. She was the Stanford representative at the White House Convening on Expanding Opportunities for Women in Business, a member of the Stanford University Task Force on women and leadership, and she served on the faculty advisory board of the Stanford Center for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership. She characterizes the presidency of Scripps College as an opportunity to continue to harness the power of education to transform women’s lives, empower them, and to enable them to support and promote other women.“I am a fierce believer that women have far more to contribute than the world has yet seen, that education is key to the advancement of women, and that women’s support of one another is necessary for our success,”
President Tiedens said in her inauguration address. “For this reason, Scripps’ mission remains as relevant today as it was 90 years ago: ‘to educate women to develop their intellects and talents through active participation in a community of scholars so that as graduates they may contribute to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity.’”President Tiedens obtained her MA and PhD in social psychology from the University of Michigan, and her BA in psychology from Carleton College. She is married to Dale T. Miller, a professor of organizational behavior at Stanford University, and has two children.