Marlene Tromp


Boise State University

Dr. Marlene Tromp is the President of Boise State University. She brought Boise State into the UPWARDS partnership at the G7 Summit and oversaw the launch of the Microelectronics Education and Research (MER) Institute to prepare students for work in the semiconductor industry. She launched the Institute for Pervasive Cybersecurity, partnering across industry, government, and higher education. She supported enormous growth in the health sciences, graduated more students in education, and increased interdisciplinary thought-leadership through cutting-edge programs. Her commitment to student access inspired her to develop an endowment for the Presidential True Blue Scholarship to reduce the barrier of financial need. She spearheaded the Community Impact Program, bringing education directly to rural students. She made Boise State a founding member of REP4, a national effort to engage students themselves in redesigning higher education to work better for them. She deepened Boise State’s community engagement and scholarly inquiry through the creation of a President’s Professor of Public Scholarship and Engagement and the pathbreaking Institute for Advancing American Values, bringing people from different perspectives together to learn from one another. She serves on the NCAA DI Board of Directors and chairs the NWCCU. She is a dedicated scholar and author of several books and many articles on Victorian literature and culture and its relationship to our current cultural moment.