Lara Tiedens was appointed the ninth president of Scripps College on June 21, 2016, by a unanimous vote of the College’s Board of Trustees. As president, she holds the title of the W.M. Keck Presidential Chair, established in 1980.
Tiedens was a senior associate dean of academic affairs and faculty member of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where she oversaw educational technology, executive education, case writing, and faculty development for the finance and marketing areas of the Graduate School of Business. In prior years as an associate dean, she led the PhD program at Stanford Graduate School of Business as well as its Global Innovation Program. Previously, Tiedens was the Morgan Stanley Director of Stanford’s Center for Leadership Development and Research, and she has served as an advisor for numerous Stanford leadership initiatives.
From 2008-2016, Tiedens served as the Jonathan B. Lovelace Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her scholarship focused on the psychological roots of inequality and the role of emotions in organizational life. She has published widely on these topics, served as an associate editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and sat on several editorial boards. Tiedens taught in a variety of programs, including the MBA program, Executive Education, and the PhD program at Stanford. She designed the leadership curriculum at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, which has become one of the hallmarks of the MBA program.
Over the course of her career, Tiedens has also earned numerous awards and honors for teaching, research, and leadership. She was selected as a Society for Personality and Social Psychology Fellow for her longstanding contributions to the field and spent a year as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Tiedens has participated in the Stanford Leadership Academy and the Women Leaders of Stanford University Program. 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.
Tiedens helped create a Research Fellows program at Stanford University, which 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, was a member of the Stanford University Task Force on women and leadership, and served on the faculty advisory board of the Stanford Center for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership.
Tiedens received her BA in psychology from Carleton College, graduating magna cum laude with membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi for distinction in her major and thesis. She obtained her MA and PhD in social psychology from the University of Michigan. Tiedens is married to Dale T. Miller, a professor of psychology and organizational behavior at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.